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Clopidogrel TAD

Active Substance: clopidogrel hydrochloride
Common Name: clopidogrel
ATC Code: B01AC06
Marketing Authorisation Holder: Tad Pharma GmbH
Active Substance: clopidogrel hydrochloride
Status: Authorised
Authorisation Date: 2009-09-23
Therapeutic Area: Peripheral Vascular Diseases Stroke Myocardial Infarction
Pharmacotherapeutic Group: Antithrombotic agents

Therapeutic Indication

Clopidogrel is indicated in adults for the prevention of atherothrombotic events in:

    Patients suffering from myocardial infarction (from a few days until less than 35 days), ischaemic stroke (from 7 days until less than 6 months) or established peripheral arterial disease.

What is Clopidogrel TAD?

Clopidogrel TAD is a medicine that contains the active substance clopidogrel. It is available as pink, round tablets (75 mg).

Clopidogrel TAD is a ‘generic medicine’. This means that Clopidogrel TAD is similar to a ‘reference medicine’ already authorised in the European Union (EU) called Plavix.

What is Clopidogrel TAD used for?

Clopidogrel TAD is used in adults to prevent atherothrombotic events (problems caused by blood clots and hardening of the arteries). Clopidogrel TAD can be given to the following groups of patients:

  • patients who have recently had a myocardial infarction (heart attack). Clopidogrel TAD can be started between a few days and 35 days after the attack;
  • patients who have had a recent ischaemic stroke (stroke caused by failure of the blood supply to part of the brain). Clopidogrel TAD can be started between seven days and six months after the stroke;
  • patients with peripheral arterial disease (problems with blood flow in the arteries).

The medicine can only be obtained with a prescription.

How is Clopidogrel TAD used?

The standard dose of Clopidogrel TAD is one 75 mg tablet once a day, taken with or without food.

How does Clopidogrel TAD work?

The active substance in Clopidogrel TAD, clopidogrel, is an inhibitor of platelet aggregation. This means that it helps to prevent blood clots from forming. When the blood clots, this is due to special cells in the blood called platelets aggregating (sticking together). Clopidogrel stops the platelets aggregating by blocking a substance called ADP from attaching to a special receptor on their surface. This stops the platelets becoming ‘sticky’, reducing the risk of a blood clot forming and helping to prevent another heart attack or stroke.

How has Clopidogrel TAD been studied?

Because Clopidogrel TAD is a generic medicine, studies have been limited to tests to determine that it is bioequivalent to the reference medicine, Plavix. Two medicines are bioequivalent when they produce the same levels of the active substance in the body.

What are the benefit and risk of Clopidogrel TAD?

Because Clopidogrel TAD is a generic medicine and is bioequivalent to the reference medicine, its benefit and risk are taken as being the same as those of the reference medicine.

Why has Clopidogrel TAD been approved?

The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) concluded that, in accordance with EU requirements, Clopidogrel TAD has been shown to have comparable quality and to be bioequivalent to Plavix. Therefore, the CHMP’s view was that, as for Plavix, the benefit outweighs the identified risk. The Committee recommended that Clopidogrel TAD be given marketing authorisation.

Other information about Clopidogrel TAD

The European Commission granted a marketing authorisation valid throughout the EU for Clopidogrel TAD to Tad Pharma GmbH on 23 September 2009.

Source: European Medicines Agency

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