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Product name Product type Date released
Expand Atazanavir Mylan PI 26 Mar 2019
 
Expand Eloctate PI 20 Mar 2019
 
Expand Eloctate CMI 20 Mar 2019
 
ELOCTATE is used for the management of haemophilia A (congenital factor VIII deficiency).
ELOCTATE is used to:
control and prevent bleeding episodes
routinely prevent and reduce the frequency of bleeding episodes
reduce bleeding before, during, and after surgery.
Eloctate does not contain von Willebrand factor and therefore is not suitable for use in Von Willebrand's disease.
People with haemophilia A lack sufficient factor VIII to control bleeding. ELOCTATE works by replacing factor VIII to enable blood to clot.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
This medicine is not addictive.
It is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Do not give this medicine to anyone else.
It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
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Expand Alprolix PI 20 Mar 2019
 
Expand Alprolix CMI 20 Mar 2019
 
ALPROLIX is used for the management of haemophilia B (congenital factor IX deficiency). ALPROLIX is used to:
control and prevent bleeding episodes
routinely prevent and reduce the frequency of bleeding episodes
reduce bleeding before, during, and after surgery.
People with haemophilia B lack sufficient factor IX to control bleeding. ALPROLIX works by replacing factor IX to enable blood to clot.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
This medicine is not addictive.
It is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Do not give this medicine to anyone else.
It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
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Expand Alendronate Plus D3 Apotex CMI 20 Mar 2019
 
Alendronate Plus D3 APOTEX contains both alendronate and colecalciferol (vitamin D). It is used to treat osteoporosis and to provide additional vitamin D.
Alendronate belongs to a group of medicines called bisphosphonates. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient required for calcium absorption and healthy bones.

Understanding bone

Throughout life, old bone is being broken down and rebuilt as new bone in a continuous cycle. Until our late 20s, while bones are still developing, we gain bone by building more than we lose. From then until about age 35 the process is usually in balance, so that the amount of bone lost is about equal to the amount that is replaced. After age 35 this balance is disturbed, with bone loss occurring at a slightly faster rate than it can be replaced. After menopause, hormonal changes in women cause bone loss at an even faster rate. Excessive bone loss causes bones to become thinner and weaker, and therefore more likely to break.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease which causes bones to become more porous, gradually making them weaker, more brittle and likely to break. Osteoporosis is common in postmenopausal women. The earlier a woman reaches the menopause, the greater the risk of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis also occurs in men but is less common than in women. Early osteoporosis usually has no symptoms. However, if left untreated it can result in broken bones or fractures. Spinal bone fractures may go unnoticed until they cause height loss. Fractures may occur during everyday activities, such as lifting, or from minor injury that would not ordinarily fracture normal bone. Fractures usually occur at the hip, spine, or wrist and can lead to pain, deformity and disability, such as stooped posture from curvature of the spine, and loss of mobility.

What should I know about vitamin D?

The main source of vitamin D is through exposure to the sun, which makes vitamin D in our skin. Clothing or sun block can prevent enough sunlight from getting through. In addition, as people age their skin becomes less able to make vitamin D. Very few foods are natural sources of vitamin D. Too little vitamin D leads to inadequate calcium absorption and low phosphate-minerals that make bones strong. Even if you are eating a diet rich in calcium or taking a calcium supplement, your body cannot absorb calcium properly unless you have enough vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency may cause bone loss, osteoporosis and muscle weakness, which can lead to falls and a higher risk of fracture.

How it works

Alendronate works by slowing down the process of old bone being removed, which allows the bone-forming cells time to rebuild normal bone. This reverses the progression of osteoporosis by helping to prevent the loss of bone, rebuild bone and make bone less likely to fracture. Alendronate starts working on the bone cells immediately, but measurable effects on bone mass may not be seen for several months or more.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
You doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
This medicine is not addictive.
This medicine is available only with a doctor’s prescription.
There is not enough information to recommend the use of this medicine in children.
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Expand Alendronate Plus D3 Apotex PI 20 Mar 2019
 
Expand Zavicefta PI 14 Mar 2019
 
Expand Zavicefta CMI 13 Mar 2019
 
Zavicefta is an antibiotic used to treat serious infections caused by bacteria (germs), such as:
serious infections of the tissues and organs within the abdomen
serious infections of the urinary tract including kidney infections.
infections of the lungs that are caught in hospital including pneumonia caught from the ventilator (machine that helps a patient to breathe).
Zavicefta will not work against fungal or viral infections (such as colds or the flu).
Zavicefta is a combination of two medicines, ceftazidime and avibactam.
Ceftazidime belongs to a group of antibiotics called cephalosporins. It works by killing the bacteria that is causing the infection.
Avibactam belongs to a group of medicines called beta-lactamase inhibitors. It works by inhibiting the enzymes that break down ceftazidime in the body.
Zavicefta is given by injection and is usually given in hospital.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
There is not enough information to recommend the use of this medicine for children under the age of 18 years.
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Expand APO-Eplerenone CMI 12 Mar 2019
 
APO-Eplerenone tablets are used to:
treat heart failure in patients who have experienced a heart attack.
reduce the risk of death or need for hospitalisations due to heart failure in patients with chronic heart failure.
A heart attack occurs when one of the major blood vessels supplying blood to your heart becomes blocked. This means that your heart cannot receive the oxygen it needs and becomes damaged. This may lead to further problems, such as heart failure, irregular heart rhythms and blood clots.
Heart failure means that the heart muscle is weak and cannot pump blood strongly enough to supply all the blood needed throughout the body. Heart failure is not the same as heart attack, and may start off with mild or no symptoms, but as the condition progresses, patients may feel short of breath or may get tired easily after light physical activity such as walking. Some patients may wake up short of breath at night or have to prop their heads up during sleep to avoid this problem. Fluid may collect in different parts of the body, often first noticed as swollen ankles and feet.

How it works

Eplerenone belongs to a group of medicines called 'selective aldosterone blockers' that stop the action of aldosterone, a substance made by your body.
Aldosterone is important for regulating blood pressure and is one of the factors involved in heart function. Sometimes aldosterone can cause changes in our body that lead to heart failure. Eplerenone works by blocking the action of aldosterone and slowing the progression of heart failure by reducing heart damage.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
This medicine is not addictive.
There is not enough information to recommend the use of this medicine in children.
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Expand APO-Eplerenone PI 12 Mar 2019
 
Expand Symdeko PI 11 Mar 2019
 
Expand Symdeko CMI 11 Mar 2019
 
SYMDEKO is used for the chronic treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) in patients aged 12 years and older who are homozygous for the F508del mutation or who have at least one mutation in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene that is listed in the approved indication.

What is cystic fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis is caused by genetic defects that limit the flow of chloride and water through cell membranes. As a result, the mucus in the lungs (and other organs) becomes thick and sticky, clogs the lungs and makes it easier for germs to grow. SYMDEKO is a medicine that works by improving the flow of chloride and water in patients with cystic fibrosis who have a certain genetic defect.

How SYMDEKO works

SYMDEKO belongs to a group of medicines called "cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) modulators". SYMDEKO includes two types of tablets, one contains tezacaftor and ivacaftor (morning dose) and the other contains ivacaftor (evening dose).
Tezacaftor is a "CFTR corrector" and works to increase the amount of protein at the cell surface.
Ivacaftor is a "CFTR potentiator" that makes the protein work better once it reaches the cell surface.
SYMDEKO is not addictive.
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Expand Apohealth Hydrocortisone CMI 26 Feb 2019
 
The name of your medicine is APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream. It contains the active ingredient called hydrocortisone acetate. It is available as a cream.
APOHEALTH
Hydrocortisone 1% Cream is a type of cortisone and belongs to the group of medicines called corticosteroids.
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Expand Apohealth Hydrocortisone PI 26 Feb 2019
 
Expand Molaxole PI 26 Feb 2019
 
Expand Molaxole CMI 25 Feb 2019
 
MOLAXOLE helps you to have a comfortable bowel movement even if you have been constipated for a long time.
MOLAXOLE also works in very bad constipation (called faecal impaction), as determined by your doctor.
Macrogol 3350 increases the volume of faeces by binding water leading to a normalisation of motility in the colon. The physiological consequences are an increased movement of the softened stools and easing of defaecation. The salts in the formulation help maintain the body's normal salt and water balance.
This medicine is available without a doctor's prescription. However, you still need to take MOLAXOLE carefully to get the best results from it.
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Expand Voriconazole APO CMI 21 Feb 2019
 
This medicine is used to treat fungal and yeast infections such as:
invasive aspergillosis, a fungal infection caused by a fungus called Aspergillus, which usually begins in the respiratory tract (in the nose, sinuses or lungs). Aspergillus is harmless in most healthy people; however, in people with poor immune
systems (such as people who have had organ transplants and people with cancer or HIV/AIDS) invasive aspergillosis can be serious and spread to other tissues and organs.
serious Candida infections, including Candida infections of the oesophagus (food pipe or gullet) and those that have spread into the blood stream or to other parts of the body.
serious fungal infections caused by Scedosporium species and Fusarium species.
other serious fungal infections in patients who do not respond to, or cannot tolerate, other antifungal medicines.
This medicine is also used to prevent invasive fungal infections in patients who are at risk of developing such infections.
Voriconazole belongs to a group of medicines called triazole antifungals.
It works by preventing the growth of fungal and yeast organisms causing your infection.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
This medicine is not addictive.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
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Expand Voriconazole APO PI 21 Feb 2019
 
Expand Buvidal Weekly CMI 20 Feb 2019
 
This leaflet answers some common questions about Buvidal Weekly. It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking Buvidal Weekly against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet.
You may need to read it again.
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