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Medicines update

Compound guidelines

The Pharmacy Board of Australia has released new guidelines and other tools for registered pharmacists who compound medicines.

Pharmacists who regularly compound medicines are urged to read three new policies which are due to take effect on April 28, 2015.

Those policies include the Guidelines on compounding of medicines, Background on the regulation of compounding by pharmacists, and professional practice profile for pharmacists undertaking complex compounding.

The Guidelines on compounding of medicines were subject to wide-ranging consultation and will take effect on 28 April 2015.

The guidelines have been published now so pharmacists can become familiar with their content before implementation, the Board says.


Antidepressant released


Lundbeck Australia has announce the launch of Brintellix (vortioxetine) for the treatment of

major depressive disorder (MDD) in adults including the prevention of relapse. It is the first new

antidepressant to be introduced in Australia for almost five years.

Brintellix has been studied in a clinical program that included more than 6,700 patients, of whom, more than 3,700 were treated with Brintellix.

Brintellix has shown to be efficacious in treating the symptoms of depression across a range of patient types, including those with severe depression, depressed patients with anxiety and elderly patients.


Cancer treatment PBS listed

Nexavar (sorafenib) has been listed on the PBS for use as second line therapy in advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC).

Nexavar has proven efficacy in second line treatment of advanced RCC after disease progression according to the Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumours (RECIST) following first-line treatment with a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI), vascular endothelial growth factor plus interferon, cytokines or temsirolimus.

Patients who have progressive disease defined by RECIST following first-line treatment with a TKI or who have developed intolerance to a first-line TKI of a severity necessitating permanent treatment withdrawal, are also eligible to receive PBS subsidised Nexavar


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