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On 18 May 2017 the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion, recommending the granting of a marketing authorisation for the medicinal product Veltassa, intended for the treatment of hyperkalaemia. The applicant for this medicinal product is Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma France.

Veltassa will be available as a powder for oral suspension (8.4 g, 16.8 g and 25.2 g). The active substance of Veltassa is patiromer (as patiromer sorbitex calcium), a non-absorbed, cation exchange polymer that contains a calcium-sorbitol complex (ATC code: V03AE09). Veltassa increases faecal potassium excretion by binding potassium in the lumen of the gastrointestinal tract, resulting in a reduction of serum potassium levels.

The benefit with Veltassa is its ability to lower serum potassium levels. The most common side effects are hypomagnesaemia, constipation, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and flatulence.

The full indication is: "treatment of hyperkalaemia in adult patients".

Detailed recommendations for the use of this product will be described in the summary of product characteristics (SmPC), which will be published in the European public assessment report (EPAR) and made available in all official European Union languages after the marketing authorisation has been granted by the European Commission.

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CHMP summary of positive opinion for Veltassa (English only) 2017-05-19  

Key facts

Product details for Veltassa
INN or common name

patiromer sorbitex calcium

Therapeutic area Hyperkalemia
Active substance

patiromer sorbitex calcium

Date opinion adopted18/05/2017
Company name

Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma France

Application typeInitial authorisation