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SMC Update - February 2020

The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has issued its monthly advice on newly licensed medicines.

Sodium zirconium cyclosilicate (Lokelma®) has been rejected for use in the treatment of hyperkalaemia in adult patients. The submitting company did not present a sufficiently robust economic analysis to gain acceptance by SMC.

Update: Thanks to an observant reader (see comments below), I must clarify that NICE guidance exists that applies to England and Wales for this medicine which should be followed in those member countries.

Action: Clinicians should be aware of the recommendations of the SMC. Routine use of rejected and restricted medicines should be avoided.