News in brief - June 2013

Other new launches, licence changes and prescribing updates relevant to general practice.

Orlistat is used together with dieting in obese patients with BMI ≥30kg/m2, or BMI ≥28kg/m2 with associated risk factors.
Orlistat is used together with dieting in obese patients with BMI ≥30kg/m2, or BMI ≥28kg/m2 with associated risk factors.
  • The anti-obesity agent orlistat (Xenical) is now available as generic capsules.
  • A new presentation of the hepatitis A vaccine Vaqta has been launched for adults.
  • Manufacturers of the and (‘Pro’ and ‘IQ’) blood glucose meters have warned that the meters can give incorrect readings at very high glucose levels (≥56.8mmol/l) and may need to be returned for replacement.
  • Clomethiazole oral solution (formerly Heminevrin Syrup) has been relaunched; it is licensed for use as a anxiolytic and hypnotic,
  • NICE has updated its guidance on Xolair (omalizumab) in severe persistent allergic asthma, including approval from 6 years of age. 
  • Owing to manufacturing difficulties, the growth deficiency treatment Increlex (mecasermin) will be from August 2013; prescribers are advised to restrict use to existing patients. 
  • The meningitis ACW134Y vaccine Menveo, in a new presentation containing the solvent in a vial rather than a pre-filled syringe, is now licensed for use ifrom 2 years of age.
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