Risk of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy with Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate): DHPC from Biogen

Biogen released a direct healthcare professional communication (DHPC) pertaining to the risk of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) associated with Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) to alert healthcare professionals for safe usage of this medicine and implementing the recommended risk minimizing measures. This DHPC released in agreement with European Medicines Agency (EMA) and national health authority of Ireland

Fingolimod induced liver injury : DHPC from Novartis

A direct health care professional communication (DHPC) released by Novartis in liaison with European medicines agency (EMA) and some of national competent authorities in Europe to disseminate important safety information pertaining to drug (fingolimod) induced liver injury to alert healthcare professionals for a careful benefit -risk analysis and early implementation of risk minimization measures for

Risk of heart valve regurgitation/incompetence with systemic and inhaled fluoroquinolones: Direct Healthcare Professional Communication

German Health Authority – Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices, released a safety alert for fluoroquinolone antibiotics for the potential risk of heart valve regurgitation. This is a direct healthcare professional communication released by marketing authorisation holder of respective medicinal products in liaison with European Medicines Agency (EMA) to inform health care professionals on

Potential risk of congenital malformations with the use of Modafinil during pregnancy

Ireland Health authority, Health Products Regulatory Authority – HPRA has released a drug safety alert for modafinil association with congenital malformations (congenital heart defects, hypospadias and orofacial clefts) in foetus when exposed to a pregnant woman or to women of childbearing potential. Modafinil is a wakefulness promoting medicinal product used in the treatment of too

Pirfenidone induced liver injury: Drug safety alert from Norwegian Medicines Agency

Pirfenidone used in the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (scarring of the lung tissue). It is an inhibitor of transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta (a factor which is involved in the proliferation and differentiation of cells) and it also inhibits the TNF-Alpha. Norway health authority (Norwegian Medicines Agency) identified a new safety alert for pirfenidone from

Lack of Heparin drug efficacy due to interaction with Andexane alpha

Norwegian Medicines Agency (health authority of Norway) published a drug safety alert of drug ineffectiveness for heparin due to interaction with andexane alpha. To foster awareness, this significant safety information is disseminated to health care professionals for early implementation of risk minimizing measures. Andexanet alpha is a recombinant modified factor Xa protein for the reversal

Oligohydramnios associated with NSAID use in Pregnancy-Safety Communication from USFDA

Oligohydramnios associated with NSAID use in Pregnancy-Safety Communication from USFDA

United States Food and Drug Administration (US-FDA) has issued a safety communication on the potential risk of oligohydramnios in pregnant women when exposed to medicinal products that belongs to the class of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) during pregnancy of 20 weeks gestational age. FDA issued this communication to alert health care professionals and consumers for

Dimethyl fumarate induced Alopecia areata: Drug Safety Alert from Netherlands Pharmacovigilance Center (LAREB)

A new drug safety signal “Dimethyl fumarate included Alopecia areata” identified by Netherlands Pharmacovigilance center, Lareb Dimethyl fumarate is an anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory agent which is used in the treatment of relapsing multiple sclerosis and plaque psoriasis. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder which involves loss of hair follicle with one or more circular bald

“Benadryl Challenge” in Social media: USFDA warns about serious safety concerns associated with diphenhydramine overdose

“Benadryl Challenge” in Social media: USFDA warns about serious safety concerns associated with diphenhydramine overdose

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerted health care professionals and general public through recent drug safety communication which concerns about serious risks (heart problems, seizures, coma, and sometimes fatal outcomes) due to allergy medicine-diphenhydramine administration higher than the recommended dosage and overdose occurrences due to ‘Benadryl Challenge’ circulating in Social media- TikTok. Diphenhydramine is

Drug Safety Alerts for Pramipexole & Fluvoxamine from PvPI (Pharmacovigilance Programme of India)

Drug Safety Alerts for Pramipexole & Fluvoxamine from PvPI (Pharmacovigilance Programme of India)

PvPI-Pharmacovigilance Programme for India is a national drug safety monitoring center for India maintained by Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) located at Ghaziabad. PvPI is responsible for Public Pharmacovigilance activities which included collection of safety information, detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of safety concerns associated with medicinal products used by Indian citizens. As part of routine

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