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Product news (4 September 2010)

By News team

Accessing SPCs

The list of changes to summaries of product characteristics is not exhaustive. SPCs for a number of medicines licensed in the UK are available online

SPC changes


Byetta (exenatide; Lilly) solution for injection in a pre-filled pen is now indicated for treatment of type 2 diabetes in combination with: metformin; sulphonylureas; thiazolidinediones; metformin and a sulphonylurea; or metformin and a thiazolidinedione.

There is no increased risk of hypoglycaemia expected when Byetta is added to metformin and/or thiazolidinedione therapy, the existing doses for which can be maintained.

Prescription products


Levact (bendamustine hydrochloride) powder for concentrate for solution for infusion 25mg and 100mg are now available from Napp.

Net price:

5 x 25mg, £347.26
20 x 25mg, £1,379.04
5 x 100mg, £1,379.04

Methadone and green syrup

Methadone HCl powder and green syrup solution (sugar-containing and sugar-free), are now available from Wockhardt.

Net price:

methadone powder:
1g pot, £5.48
5g pot, £27.40; 25g pot, £138.70

Sugar-containing green syrup solution:
1L, £3.85; 5L, £19.26

Sugar-free green syrup solution:
1L, £3.85
5L, £19.26


Ozurdex (dexamethasone) intravitreal implant in applicator 700mg is now available from Allergan. Net price: 700mg implant, £870.

Raporsin XL

Raporsin XL (doxazosin) prolonged-release tablets are now available from Actavis. Net price: 28 x 4mg, £5.70.

Supply issues


Packs of 100 of Aldactide 25 (spironolactone/
hydroflumethiazide; Pharmacia) tablets 25mg/25mg are currently out of stock. Pfizer expects stock levels to return to normal in winter 2010.

Medical information on 01304 616161.

Cardura XL

Cardura XL (doxazosin mesilate; Pfizer) tablets 8mg are currently unavailable and are expected to be back in stock by October 2010.

Medical information on 01304 616161.

Goldshield products

Phenindione (Goldshield) tablets 10mg will be out of stock until mid-October 2010. Fentazin (perphenazine) tablets 2mg and Stelazine (trifluoperazine) tablets 1mg are now back in stock.

Medical information on 08700 703033.

Stock-related information on 020 8588 9273.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11023275

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