Active Substance: ribavirin
Common Name: ribavirin
ATC Code: J05AB04
Marketing Authorisation Holder: BioPartners GmbH
Active Substance: ribavirin
Authorisation Date: 2010-04-06
Therapeutic Area: Hepatitis C, Chronic
Pharmacotherapeutic Group: Antivirals for systemic use
Ribavirin BioPartners is indicated for the treatment of chronic hepatitis-C-virus (HCV) infection in adults, children three years of age and older and adolescents and must only be used as part of a combination regimen with interferon alfa-2b. Ribavirin monotherapy must not be used. There is no safety or efficacy information on the use of ribavirin with other forms of interferon (i.e. not alfa-2b).
Ribavirin BioPartners is indicated, in combination with interferon alfa-2b, for the treatment of adult patients with all types of chronic hepatitis C except genotype 1, not previously treated, without liver decompensation, with elevated alanine aminotransferase (ALT), who are positive for hepatitis C viral ribonucleic acid (HCV-RNA) (see section 4.4)
Children three years of age and older and adolescents
Ribavirin BioPartners is intended for use, in a combination regimen with interferon alfa-2b, for the treatment of children three years of age and older and adolescents, who have all types of chronic hepatitis C except genotype 1, not previously treated, without liver decompensation, and who are positive for HCV-RNA.
When deciding to not to defer treatment until adulthood, it is important to consider that the combination therapy induced a growth inhibition. The reversibility of growth inhibition is uncertain. The decision to treat should be made on a case by case basis (see section 4.4).
Ribavirin BioPartners is indicated, in combination with interferon alfa-2b, for the treatment of adult patients with chronic hepatitis C who have previously responded (with normalisation of ALT at the end of treatment) to interferon alfa monotherapy but who have subsequently relapsed (see section 5.1).
The marketing authorisation for Ribavirin BioPartners has lapsed because it has not been marketed in the European Union in the three years following the granting of this authorisation.
Source: European Medicines Agency
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