Budesonide/Formoterol Teva Pharma B.V.
Active Substance: budesonide / formoterol
Common Name: budesonide / formoterol fumarate dihydrate
ATC Code: R03AK07
Marketing Authorisation Holder: Teva Pharma B.V.
Active Substance: budesonide / formoterol
Authorisation Date: 2014-11-19
Therapeutic Area: Asthma
Pharmacotherapeutic Group: Drugs for obstructive airway diseases
Budesonide/Formoterol Teva Pharma B.V. is indicated in adults 18 years of age and older only.
Budesonide/Formoterol Teva Pharma B.V. is indicated in the regular treatment of asthma, where use of a combination (inhaled corticosteroid and long-acting β2 adrenoceptor agonist) is appropriate:
- in patients not adequately controlled with inhaled corticosteroids and “as needed” inhaled short-acting β2 adrenoceptor agonists.
- in patients already adequately controlled on both inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting β2 adrenoceptor agonists.
What is Budesonide/Formoterol Teva Pharma B.V. and what is it used for?
Budesonide/Formoterol Teva Pharma B.V. is a medicine that contains the active substances budesonide and formoterol. It is used for the treatment of asthma in adults for whom a combination product is considered appropriate. It can be used in patients whose disease is not adequately controlled by treatment with other asthma medicines called corticosteroids and ‘short-acting beta-2 agonists’ taken by inhalation, or in patients whose disease is adequately controlled by treatment with corticosteroids and ‘long-acting beta-2 agonists’ taken by inhalation.
Budesonide/Formoterol Teva Pharma B.V. is a ‘hybrid medicine’. This means that it is similar to a ‘reference medicine’ containing the same active substances, but Budesonide/Formoterol Teva Pharma B.V. is given using a different inhaler. The reference medicine for Budesonide/Formoterol Teva Pharma B.V. is Symbicort Turbohaler.
How is Budesonide/Formoterol Teva Pharma B.V. used?
The medicine can only be obtained with a prescription. It is available as an inhalation powder in a portable inhaler device, and each inhalation provides a fixed dose of the medicine. Budesonide/Formoterol Teva Pharma B.V. can be used for the regular treatment of asthma.
For the regular treatment of asthma, the recommended dose is 1 to 4 inhalations twice a day, depending on the strength being used and the severity of the asthma. For asthma reliever therapy, patients should take a separate ‘reliever inhaler’ to relieve their symptoms. If patients need to take more than 8 reliever inhalations per day, it is recommended they speak to their doctor to have their asthma therapy reconsidered.
For further information, see the package leaflet.
How does Budesonide/Formoterol Teva Pharma B.V. work?
The two active substances in Budesonide/Formoterol Teva Pharma B.V. are well known and are present in several medicines used to treat asthma, either alone or in combination with other medicines.
Budesonide belongs to a group of anti-inflammatory medicines known as corticosteroids. It works in a similar way to naturally occurring corticosteroid hormones, reducing the activity of the immune system by attaching to receptors in various types of immune cell. This leads to a reduction in the release of substances that are involved in the inflammation process, such as histamine, thereby helping to keep the airways clear and allowing the patient to breathe more easily.
Formoterol is a long-acting beta-2 agonist. It works by attaching to receptors known as beta-2 receptors found in the muscles of the airways. When inhaled it mainly attaches to the receptors in the airways and causes the muscles to relax, which keeps the airways open and helps with the patient’s breathing.
What are the benefits and risks of Budesonide/Formoterol Teva Pharma B.V.?
Studies were carried out to show that Budesonide/Formoterol Teva Pharma B.V. is bioequivalent to the reference medicine (i.e. produces the same level of the active substance in the body) and that the two medicines act in the same way. The benefits and risks of Budesonide/Formoterol Teva Pharma B.V. are therefore taken to be the same as those of the reference medicine.
Why is Budesonide/Formoterol Teva Pharma B.V. approved?
The Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) concluded that Budesonide/Formoterol Teva Pharma B.V. 160/4.5 microgram and 320/9 microgram have been shown to have comparable quality and to be equivalent to the corresponding strengths of Symbicort Turbohaler. Therefore, the CHMP’s view was that, as for Symbicort Turbohaler, the benefit outweighs the identified risk. The Committee recommended that Budesonide/Formoterol Teva Pharma B.V. be given marketing authorisation.
What measures are being taken to ensure the safe and effective use of Budesonide/Formoterol Teva Pharma B.V.?
A risk management plan has been developed to ensure that Budesonide/Formoterol Teva Pharma B.V. is used as safely as possible. Based on this plan, safety information has been included in the summary of product characteristics and the package leaflet for Budesonide/Formoterol Teva Pharma B.V., including the appropriate precautions to be followed by healthcare professionals and patients.
Further information can be found in the summary of the risk management plan.
Other information about Budesonide/Formoterol Teva Pharma B.V.
The European Commission granted a marketing authorisation valid throughout the European Union for Budesonide/Formoterol Teva Pharma B.V. on 19 November 2014.
For more information about treatment with Budesonide/Formoterol Teva Pharma B.V., read the package leaflet (also part of the EPAR) or contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Source: European Medicines Agency
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