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11 Jun
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AHFS Drug Information June 2018 update

This update contains 1 new monograph, 1 new MedWatch alert and 9 revised monographs.

New monograph: Ibalizumab-uiyk

Revised monographs: Chlorhexidine; Netupitant/Palonosetron, Deflazacort, Abaloparatide, Erythromycins General Statement, Extended-Spectrum Penicillins General Statement, Zidovudine, lamotrigine, lamivudine. 

11 Jun
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Stockley’s Interactions Alerts June 2018 update

For June, 67 new Alerts have been added, and 64 existing Alerts have been updated.

11 Jun
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Martindale June 2018 update

This update contains 11 new monographs and 28 existing monographs have been updated. Preparations have been updated for 5 countries. 

New Monographs:

  • Bictegravir: is an HIV-integrase inhibitor used in the treatment of HIV infection. 
  • Cerliponase alfa: is a recombinant enzyme used to slow the loss of motor function and language skills in symptomatic patients with late-infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis type 2. 
  • Ertugliflozin: is a sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitor that is used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. 
  • Gusekumab: is an antibody that targets interleukin-23 and is used for the treatment of plaque psoriasis. 
  • Letermovir: is a CMV DNA terminase complex inhibitor that is used for the prophylaxis of CMV infection and disease in adult CMV-seropositive recipients of an allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplant. 
  • Macimorelin: is a growth hormone stimulant used orally for the diagnosis of adult growth hormone deficiency. 
  • Migalastat: is a stabiliser of the alpha galactosidase A enzyme that is used orally in the treatment of Fabry disease. 
  • Naldemedine: is a peripherally-acting opioid antagonist used for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation in patients with chronic, non-cancer pain. 
  • Ozenoxacin: is a quinolone antibacterial applied topically in the treatment of impetigo. 
  • Semaglutide: is a glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor agonist used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. 
  • Voretigene neparvovec: is a gene therapy product used for treating biallelic RPE65 mutation-associated retinal dystrophy. 

Notable revisions:

  • Asfotase alfa: also licensed for paediatric-onset hypophosphatasia. Adverse effects and precautions has been updated. 
  • Canagliflozin: abstract on risk of amputation added. 
  • Ceftriaxone Sodium: uses and administration has been updated. 
  • Ceritinib: uses extended to include first-line treatment of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. 
  • Desmopressin:  new abstract on administration added. Uses and administration has been updated. 
  • Eculizumab: also licensed for use in myasthenia gravis. 
  • Empagliflozin: also licensed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. 
  • Interferon Alfa: also licensed for the treatment of hepatitis B in children. Adverse effects have been updated.  
  • Metformin: diabetes mellitus abstract has been updated with information on use in the prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus. 
  • Methylthioninium Chloride: new record on incompatibility added and administration in children abstract has been updated. 
  • Ocrelizumab: also licensed for the treatment of relapsing and primary progressive multiple sclerosis. 
  • Ulipristal acetate: use for treating uterine fibroids restricted following reports of serious liver injury. 

Updated names, synonyms and codes; official standards; official preparation: Ph Eur 9.3 and USP40/USNF35 Suppl 1 and 2. 

Proprietary Preparations and Manufacturers updated for the following countries and regions:  India, Philippines, UK†, USA†, Venezuela. († Countries updated on an ongoing basis) 

11 Jun
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Clarke’s June 2018 update

Update contains 37 new NPS monographs, 3 full revisions and 3 selective revisions, as well as minor updates. 

This update contains: 

  • 5 new full NPS monographs
  • 3 fully revised NPS monographs
  • 32 new foundation NPS monographs
  • 42 Spectra, which have been expanded to include LCMS/MS spectra
  • Updated prelims
  • Updated indices
11 Jun
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BNFC June 2018 update

This update contains 5 significant changes, 4 new preparations and 3 dose changes. 

Significant Changes: 


Asthma, chronic: updated guidance on management.

Immunoglobulins: updated guidance for Varicella-zoster immunoglobulin.

Quinine: clarification of parenteral dose for the treatment of malaria [dose reduction necessary if parenteral treatment is required for more than 48 hours].

Vaccines: updated guidance for Hepatitis A Vaccine.Vaccines for travel: updated guidance on Hepatitis A. 


Dose Changes: Co-codamol [doses for children aged 12 to 15 years].

Elvitegravir with cobicistat, emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide [age-range extension].

Raltegravir [dose for oral suspension—new dose for neonates and update to dose for child with body-weight 3kg; update to directions for administration for oral suspension].  


New Preparations: 


Hemlibra® [emicizumab], RoActemra® preparations [tocilizumab], Truvada®[emtricitabine with tenofovir disoproxil], Yervoy® [ipilimumab].


For further details on changes in the BNFC click on changes

11 Jun
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BNF June 2018 update

This update contains 11 significant changes, 5 new preparations and 6 dose changes. 

Significant Changes:

Asthma, chronic: updated guidance on management.
Brodalumab for treating moderate to severe plaque psoriasis [NICE guidance]
Cabozantinib for treating medullary thyroid cancer [NICE guidance].
Eribulin for treating locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer after 1 chemotherapy regimen [NICE guidance].
Immunoglobulins: updated guidance for Varicella-zoster immunoglobulin.
Obeticholic acid (Ocaliva®): risk of serious liver injury in patients with pre-existing moderate or severe hepatic impairment; reminder to adjust dosing according to liver function monitoring [MHRA/CHM advice].
Obinutuzumab for untreated advanced follicular lymphoma [NICE guidance].
Quinine: clarification of parenteral dose for the treatment of malaria [dose reduction necessary if parenteral treatment is required for more than 48 hours].
Regorafenib for previously treated advanced hepatocellular carcinoma [NICE guidance].
Vaccines: updated guidance for Hepatitis A Vaccine.
Vaccines for travel: updated guidance on Hepatitis A.

Dose changes:

Bosutinib [update to dose in renal impairment].
Candesartan cilexetil [clarification of maximum daily dose in heart failure].
Haloperidol [clarification of continuous subcutaneous dose for nausea and vomiting in palliative care].
Nivolumab [doses for monotherapy].

New Preparations:

AirFluSal® preparations [fluticasone with salmeterol], Fasenra® [benralizumab], Hemlibra® preparations [tocilizumab], Rydapt® [midostaurin].

For further details on changes in the BNF click on changes.

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