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Product name Product type Date released
Expand Increlex CMI 23 Jan 2020
 
INCRELEX is a solution for injection that contains mecasermin which is a synthetic insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF 1), which is similar to the IGF 1 made by your body.
It is used to treat children and adolescents from 2 to 18 years old who are very short for their age because their bodies do not make enough IGF 1. This condition is called primary IGF 1 deficiency.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for your child.
Your child's 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 2 years.
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Expand Beovu PI 21 Jan 2020
 
Expand Beovu CMI 21 Jan 2020
 
Beovu is a prescription medicine that is injected into the eye by your doctor to treat an eye disorder called neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Beovu contains the active substance brolucizumab (bro-loo-siz-u-mab), which belongs to a group of medicines called anti- neovascularization agents ("anti- VEGF", see below).
Beovu is used to treat wet AMD, which occurs when abnormal blood vessels form and grow underneath the macula. The macula is located at the back of the eye, and it is responsible for clear vision. These abnormal blood vessels may be weak and leak fluid or blood in the eye, which can interfere with the macula's function, resulting in decreased vision.

Abnormal blood vessels that leak fluid or blood into the macula
The cause for the abnormal growth of blood vessels in the eye is a substance called vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A), which the body produces in large amounts. By attaching to this substance, Beovu (anti-VEGF-agent) lessens the growth of new blood vessels, which in turn reduces the leakage of fluid or blood in the eye.
If you have any questions about Beovu, how it works or why this medicine has been prescribed for you, ask your doctor.
Beovu may slow down disease progression and thereby maintain, or even improve your vision.
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.
There is not enough information to recommend the use of this medicine for children or adolescents.
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Expand APO-Cyproterone 50 mg CMI 20 Jan 2020
 
The name of your medicine is APO- Cyproterone 50 mg. It is an anti-androgen medicine. It contains the active ingredient cyproterone (as cyproterone acetate).
It is used to treat:
women who have a problem with facial or chest hair, are balding, have severe acne and/or secrete excess oil from the sweat glands.
men with cancer of the prostate. It can also be used in conjunction with other medications or following surgical removal of the testes to treat side effects such as "hot flushes" or "sweats" and to prevent any initial worsening of the disease.
men with sexual deviations.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.

How it works

This medicine works by reducing the effects and the level of male sex hormones in the body (which are also produced in females to a lesser extent).
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.

Use in children

This medicine should not be used in children.
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Expand APO-Cyproterone 50 mg PI 20 Jan 2020
 
Expand Rinvoq CMI 20 Jan 2020
 
RINVOQ contains the active ingredient upadacitinib. It is used to treat moderate to severe active rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease that causes pain and swelling in the joints.
A family of enzymes know as Janus Kinase (JAK) creates signals in the body's immune system that result in inflammation. Upadacitinib belongs to a group of medicines called JAK inhibitors. It works to block these signals, thereby reducing inflammation and the production of immune cells.
In rheumatoid arthritis, RINVOQ helps to reduce signs and symptoms, including joint pain, tenderness, stiffness and swelling in your joints.
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.
This medicine is not expected to affect your ability to drive a car or operate machinery.
It is not known if RINVOQ is safe and effective in children under 18 years of age.
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Expand Nuromol PI 20 Jan 2020
 
Expand Rinvoq PI 20 Jan 2020
 
Expand Aciclovir Apotex PI 16 Jan 2020
 
Expand Aciclovir Apotex CMI 16 Jan 2020
 
Aciclovir belongs to a group of medicines called anti-virals.
The 200 mg strength is used to:
treat genital herpes. It makes an outbreak of genital herpes shorter and less severe
prevent or reduce the number of outbreaks and/or severity of genital herpes in people who experience them often.
The 800 mg strength is used:
to treat shingles, also known as herpes zoster. Shingles is caused by the same virus which causes chicken pox. It usually involves nerve pain and a blistery rash, limited to one area of the body. If taken within 72 hours of first getting the rash, aciclovir makes an outbreak of shingles shorter and less severe
as part of the management program for certain infections in people who have the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV is the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Aciclovir does not cure AIDS or get rid of the HIV virus from your body, but it may prevent further damage to the immune system by stopping production of the herpes viruses.

How it works

Aciclovir works by stopping the production of the virus that causes herpes and shingles. It does not get rid of the virus from your body.
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.
This medicine is not expected to affect your ability to drive a car or operate machinery.
This medicine should not be used in children.
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Expand Clopidogrel APOTEX PI 15 Jan 2020
 
Expand Clopidogrel APOTEX CMI 15 Jan 2020
 
Clopidogrel APOTEX contains the active ingredient clopidogrel (as besilate).
Clopidogrel belongs to a group of medicines known as antiplatelet medicines.
Antiplatelet medicines prevent the clumping of very small blood cells (platelets) to reduce the chances of blood clots forming.
Clopidogrel is used to prevent blood clots forming in hardened blood vessels as they can lead to events such as stroke, heart attack or death.
You may have been prescribed clopidogrel because you have:
previously suffered a heart attack, stroke, or have a condition known as peripheral arterial disease (leg pain on walking or at rest)
suffered acute coronary syndrome (either a severe type of chest pain called unstable angina, or a heart attack) – in this case you may also be prescribed aspirin
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another reason.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
This medicine should not be used in children.
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Expand Alunbrig CMI 14 Jan 2020
 
Alunbrig contains the active ingredient brigatinib.
Alunbrig belongs to a group of medicines called anti-neoplastic (or anti-cancer) agents which are used to treat cancer.
Alunbrig is used to treat adults with a type of lung cancer called non-small cell lung cancer. It is used if your cancer:
is ALK-positive – this means your cancer cells have a fault in a gene called anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)
is advanced or has spread to another part of your body (metastatic)
has previously been treated with a medicine called crizotinib, which is causing too many side effects or has stopped working.
Alunbrig prevents the activity of the ALK protein. This protein is known to be involved in the growth and spread of cancer cells.
Alunbrig may slow down or stop the growth of your cancer. It may also help to shrink your cancer.
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 is available only with a doctor's prescription.
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Expand Alunbrig PI 14 Jan 2020
 
Expand Braftovi CMI 13 Jan 2020
 
BRAFTOVI is an anti-cancer medicine containing the active ingredient encorafenib, which belongs to a group of medicines called 'BRAF inhibitors'.
BRAFTOVI is used in combination with another medicine which contains the active ingredient binimetinib (called MEKTOVI®) to treat adult patients with a type of skin cancer called melanoma, which has spread to other parts of the body, or cannot be removed by surgery. The type of melanoma which BRAFTOVI and MEKTOVI are used to treat has a particular change (mutation) in a gene called BRAF. This mutation in the BRAF gene may have produced proteins which caused the melanoma to develop. BRAFTOVI targets proteins made from this modified BRAF gene.
BRAFTOVI can only be used to treat patients whose melanoma has this particular mutation in the BRAF gene.
Before you start treatment, your doctor will have tested you to confirm that you have this BRAF mutation.
When BRAFTOVI is used in combination with MEKTOVI, it slows down or stops the growth of your cancer.
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.
BRAFTOVI is not recommended for children and adolescents aged under 18 years. The safety and efficacy of this medicine has not been established in this age group.
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Expand Braftovi PI 13 Jan 2020
 
Expand Mektovi CMI 13 Jan 2020
 
MEKTOVI is an anti-cancer medicine containing the active ingredient binimetinib, which belongs to a group of medicines called 'MEK inhibitors'.
MEKTOVI is used in combination with another medicine which contains the active ingredient, encorafenib (called BRAFTOVI®) to treat adult patients with a type of skin cancer called melanoma, which has spread to other parts of the body, or cannot be removed by surgery. The type of melanoma which MEKTOVI and BRAFTOVI are used to treat, has a particular change (mutation) in a gene called BRAF. This mutation in the BRAF gene may have produced proteins which caused the melanoma to develop.
Before you start treatment, your doctor will have tested you to confirm that you have this BRAF mutation.
MEKTOVI targets a protein called MEK which promotes cancer cell growth. When MEKTOVI is used in combination with BRAFTOVI (which targets the changed BRAF protein), it further slows down or stops the growth of your cancer.
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.
BRAFTOVI is not recommended for children and adolescents aged under 18 years. The safety and efficacy of this medicine has not been established in this age group.
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Expand Mektovi PI 13 Jan 2020
 
Expand Navelbine IV PI 13 Jan 2020
 
Expand Navelbine IV CMI 13 Jan 2020
 
Navelbine® IV is used to treat lung cancer and advanced breast cancer.
Navelbine® IV may be used on its own or in combination with other medicines to treat cancer.
Navelbine® IV belongs to a group of medicines called antineoplastic or cytotoxic medicines. You may also hear of these medicines being called chemotherapy.
Navelbine® IV contains the medicine, vinorelbine which belongs to a family of medicines called vinca alkaloids. Navelbine® IV works by stopping cancer cells from growing and multiplying causing the cells to die.
Navelbine® IV is not recommended for use in children as there is no information on its effects in children.
Your doctor may have prescribed Navelbine® IV for another purpose. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Navelbine® IV has been prescribed for you.
This medicine is available only with a doctor’s prescription.
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