The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has issued its monthly advice on newly licensed medicines.
Fluticasone / Formoterol (Flutiform k-haler®) has been accepted for use in the regular treatment of asthma where the use of a combination product is an appropriate treatment. This inhaler is a breath-actuated inhaler that is bioequivalent to Flutiform metered-dose inhaler (pMDI) and costs the same.
Eslicarbazepine (Zebinix®) has been rejected for use as monotherapy in the treatment of partial-onset seizures, with or without secondary generalisation, in adults with newly diagnosed epilepsy. The manufacturer failed to make a submission for this indication.
Action: Clinicians should be aware of the recommendations of the SMC. Routine use of rejected and restricted medicines should be avoided.