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Product name Product type Date released
Expand Cimzia CMI 21 Oct 2019
 
CIMZIA is used for the treatment of the following:
Rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease of the joints. Symptoms include joint pain, tenderness, swelling and stiffness.
Psoriatic arthritis
Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory disease of the joints and skin, with similarities to rheumatoid arthritis as well as psoriasis.
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Ankylosing Spondylitis is an inflammatory disease of the spine. Symptoms include back pain and morning stiffness.
Plaque psoriasis
Plaque psoriasis is an inflammatory disease of the skin. Symptoms include red, itchy and inflamed skin.
The active ingredient in CIMZIA, certolizumab pegol, is a humanised monoclonal antibody produced by cultured cells. Monoclonal antibodies are proteins that recognise and bind to other unique proteins.
Over production of the naturally occurring protein, tumour necrosis factor or TNFα is thought to cause rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and plaque psoriasis. Certolizumab pegol works by binding to a specific protein, TNFα and blocking its action. CIMZIA can prevent the harmful effects of TNFα, thereby reducing the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and plaque psoriasis which include joint pain, tenderness, swelling and stiffness.
CIMZIA is normally used together with another medicine called methotrexate to treat your rheumatoid arthritis.
CIMZIA may be used without methotrexate if your doctor determines that it is unsuitable for you to use or continue methotrexate.
Your doctor may prescribe CIMZIA in addition to your current therapy.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why CIMZIA has been prescribed for you.
There is no evidence that CIMZIA is addictive.
This medicine is available only with a doctor’s prescription.
The safety and effectiveness of CIMZIA has not been established in children.
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Expand Cimzia PI 21 Oct 2019
 
Expand Ultomiris PI 18 Oct 2019
 
Expand Entyvio IV CMI 17 Oct 2019
 
Entyvio contains the active substance vedolizumab, a monoclonal antibody. Monoclonal antibodies are proteins that recognise and bind to certain special proteins in the body.
Entyvio specifically binds to a protein called integrin α4β7 present on certain white blood cells. Integrin α4β7 can act to increase inflammation seen in ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Entyvio works by blocking α4β7 integrins and so reduces inflammation.
Ulcerative colitis
Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory disease of the large bowel. Entyvio is used to treat the signs and symptoms of moderate to severe ulcerative colitis in adults who have not responded well enough or are intolerant to other treatments.
Crohn’s disease
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory disease of the bowel. It may also affect any part of the gut. Entyvio is used to treat the signs and symptoms of moderate to severe Crohn’s disease in adults who have not responded well enough or are intolerant to other treatments.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about why Entyvio has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another purpose.
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 Entyvio PI 17 Oct 2019
 
Expand Condyline Paint PI 17 Oct 2019
 
Expand Condyline Paint CMI 17 Oct 2019
 
This medicine is used to treat warts in the genital region. These warts can occur in both men and women and are caused by the human papilloma virus. On the penis, the warts can form on the foreskin, shaft, or end of the penis. In women, the warts can form on external areas of the vagina and vulva. These warts can also occur in the anal region of men and women.
There is no specific antiviral therapy against papilloma virus.
Treatments rely on local destruction of affected skin tissue.
Condyline Paint contains podophyllotoxin. It is a plant extract which works by destroying the skin cells in the warts.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why it has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another purpose.
This medicine is not addictive.
This medicine is available only with a doctor’s prescription.
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Expand Actos PI 17 Oct 2019
 
Expand Actos CMI 17 Oct 2019
 
ACTOS is a tablet that is used to improve the action of the body's naturally produced insulin. ACTOS is used in the management of type 2 diabetes not controlled by diet. ACTOS helps to control the level of glucose in your blood when you have type 2 diabetes. This is the 'adult onset' type of diabetes and is controlled by diet, certain oral medications and occasionally insulin.
This medicine is also called pioglitazone hydrochloride and belongs to a group of medicines called glitazones. Glitazones decrease insulin resistance.
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.
ACTOS can be used alone (when diet and exercise is not enough to treat your diabetes) or together with other anti-diabetic medicines.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
The use of ACTOS has not been studied in children.
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Expand APOHEALTH PSE Day + Night cold & flu relief CMI 16 Oct 2019
 
This product is for temporary relief from the following cold & flu symptoms: nasal congestion, sinus pain, runny nose, headache, body aches & pains. Reduces fever.
The night tablet also provides temporary relief from sneezing, watery or itchy eyes and assists rest by providing relief from these symptoms.
Paracetamol works to stop the pain messages from getting through to the brain. It also acts in the brain to reduce fever.
Pseudoephedrine is used to relieve/treat nasal congestion and runny nose. It belongs to a group of medicines called sympathomimetic decongestants. It works by reducing congestion in the upper respiratory tract, including the nose, nasal passages and sinuses, making it easier to breathe.
Chlorphenamine is used to temporarily relieve runny nose, sneezing and watery eyes. It belongs to a group of medicines called 'antihistamines'. Antihistamines help reduce allergic symptoms of a cold by preventing the effects of a substance called histamine. Histamine is produced by the body in response to foreign substances that the body is allergic to.
Ask your pharmacist or doctor if you have any questions about this medicine.
Your pharmacist or doctor may have given it for another reason.
This medicine is only available from your pharmacist.
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Expand APOHEALTH PSE Day + Night cold & flu relief PI 16 Oct 2019
 
Expand Sildenafil APOTEX CMI 14 Oct 2019
 
The name of your medicine is Sildenafil APOTEX. It contains the active ingredient sildenafil citrate.
Sildenafil belongs to a group of medicines called phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors.
Sildenafil is used to treat erectile dysfunction, more commonly known as impotence, in men. This is when a man cannot get, or keep, a hard erect penis suitable for sexual activity.
Sildenafil works by relaxing the blood vessels in your penis when you are sexually excited. This allows blood to flow into your penis, allowing you to get an erection in the natural way.
Sildenafil will only work if you are sexually excited.
It will not increase your sex drive.
Sildenafil is not for use in women.
This medicine is available only with a doctor’s prescription.
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Expand Sildenafil APOTEX PI 14 Oct 2019
 
Expand Atazanavir Mylan CMI 09 Oct 2019
 
ATAZANAVIR MYLAN belongs to a group of medicines called protease inhibitors.
ATAZANAVIR MYLAN is used in combination with other anti-HIV agents to treat adults and children aged between 6 and 18 years of age who are infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
What is HIV
HIV is a virus that kills important cells in the immune system over time (e.g. CD4 cells). When HIV has killed enough of the immune cells, your body becomes prone to certain types of infections. Some infections are the cause of "AIDS-defining" illnesses. This is when someone is said to have developed Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome or AIDS. AIDS is a serious condition and can lead to death.

How ATAZANAVIR MYLAN works

When HIV infects cells in the immune system, it takes over part of the cell's internal workings and uses the contents of the cell to produce new viruses.
ATAZANAVIR MYLAN helps to block HIV protease, an enzyme that is needed for the HIV virus to multiply. ATAZANAVIR MYLAN may lower the amount of HIV in your blood and help your body keep its supply of CD4 and T-cells. Interfering with the production of new viruses helps to reduce the total amount of HIV in the body and slows down the damage to the immune system.
ATAZANAVIR MYLAN is not a cure for HIV infection. Taking it will not necessarily prevent the illnesses that commonly occur in people with HIV infection or AIDS. You can still infect other people with HIV while you are taking this medicine.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
ATAZANAVIR MYLAN is not addictive.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
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Expand Nexium 24HR Once Daily Dosing capsule PI 08 Oct 2019
 
Expand Adcetris CMI 03 Oct 2019
 
Adcetris contains the active ingredient brentuximab vedotin.
Adcetris belongs to a group of medicines known as anti-cancer agents. There are many different classes of anti-cancer agents.
Adcetris is designed to work differently than traditional anti-cancer agents (chemotherapy). Traditional chemotherapy enters the blood and kills both cancer cells and healthy cells that divide rapidly. Adcetris is made up of a monoclonal antibody linked to a substance intended to kill cancer cells. This substance is delivered to cancer cells by the monoclonal antibody.
A monoclonal antibody is a protein which recognises certain cancer cells.
Adcetris is used to treat Hodgkin Lymphoma and systemic Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma.
Adcetris may also be used to lower the likelihood of Hodgkin lymphoma coming back after a stem cell transplant in patients with certain risk factors. In these patients, Adcetris may help prevent or delay recurrence of disease. However it is not known whether Adcetris helps these patients to live longer. Your doctor will discuss the potential risks and benefits of receiving Adcetris following a stem cell transplant.
Hodgkin lymphoma and systemic anaplastic large cell lymphoma are both types of cancer of the white blood cells.
Adcetris is also used to treat cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL).
CTCL is a cancer of a certain type of white blood cell called a 'T-cell' that mainly affects the skin. Adcetris is used to treat CTCL where a specific type of protein is present on the cells' surface.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why it has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another purpose.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
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Expand Adcetris PI 03 Oct 2019
 
Expand Xiaflex for Peyronies Disease CMI 01 Oct 2019
 
XIAFLEX is used to treat adult men with Peyronie's disease who have a 'plaque' that can be felt and a curve to their penis.
Peyronie's disease can cause a change in the shape of the erect penis due to the abnormal buildup of scar tissue, known as a plaque, within the stretchy fibres of the penis.
The plaque may interfere with the ability to get a straight erection because the plaque will not stretch as much as the rest of the penis.
Men with Peyronie's disease may have an erection that is curved or bent.
Peyronie's disease does not occur in females.

How it works

The active substance is collagenase clostridium histolyticum, and is naturally produced by a bacterium named Clostridium histolyticum.

Peyronie's Disease

XIAFLEX is injected by your doctor into the plaque in your penis which may help break down the plaque that is causing your erect penis to curve.
This may help the erection to be straighter and may enable you to feel less bothered by your Peyronie's disease.
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Expand Xiaflex for Dupuytrens Contracture CMI 01 Oct 2019
 
XIAFLEX is used for the treatment of Dupuytren's contracture in adult patients with a palpable cord.
Dupuytren's contracture is a disease that causes your finger(s) to bend inward. This bending is called a contracture and is caused by the abnormal formation of a cord(s) containing collagen under your skin.
For many people, a contracture causes significant difficulties with performing everyday tasks like driving, shaking hands, playing sports, opening jars, typing or holding objects.

How it works

XIAFLEX is injected directly into the palpable cord(s) by your doctor and works by breaking down the collagen in the cord(s) and thereby helps to remove the cause of your contracture so that your finger(s) can straighten.
The active substance is collagenase clostridium histolyticum, and is naturally produced by a bacterium named Clostridium histolyticum.
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Expand Demazin 6 Hour Relief Tablets PI 30 Sep 2019