Leuprorelin-containing depot medicinal products

  • Procedure started
  • Under evaluation
  • PRAC recommendation
  • CMDh final position
Current status
CMDh final position


New measures to avoid handling errors with leuprorelin depot medicines

On 14 May 2020, EMA’s safety committee (PRAC) recommended measures to avoid handling errors in the preparation and administration of leuprorelin depot medicines.

A review by the PRAC found that handling errors resulted in some patients receiving insufficient amounts of their medicine. The errors reported included incorrect use of the needle or syringe, causing the medicine to leak from the syringe, and failure to inject leuprorelin properly.  

The Committee therefore recommended that only healthcare professionals familiar with the preparation steps for leuprorelin depot medicines should prepare and administer the medicines to patients. Patients should not prepare or inject these medicines themselves. 

The Committee also made recommendations for particular leuprorelin depot medicines. For the medicine Eligard, the product information is to be updated with warnings to strictly follow the instructions for preparation and administration and to monitor patients if a handling error occurs. In addition, the company marketing Eligard must replace the current device used to administer the medicine with one that is easier to handle. The regulatory application for this modification should be submitted by October 2021.

For another medicine, Lutrate Depot, the PRAC recommended that instructions for handling the medicine be revised to make them easier to follow and its packaging changed so the instructions are easier to find.

Depot formulations of leuprorelin are used to treat prostate cancer, breast cancer, certain conditions that affect the female reproductive system, and early puberty. Several formulations require complex steps to prepare the injection.

The PRAC recommendations were adopted by the CMDh1 by consensus and will be implemented directly at national level.

1 The CMDh is a medicines regulatory body representing the European Union (EU) Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Key facts

About this medicine
Approved name
Leuprorelin-containing depot medicinal products
International non-proprietary name (INN) or common name
Associated names
  • Daronda
  • Depo-Eligard
  • Eligard
  • Eligard Depot
  • Eligard Mensua
  • Eligard Semestral
  • Eligard Trimestral
  • Elityran 1 Month Depot (Dps)
  • Elityran 3 Month Depot (Dps)
  • Enanton Depot Dual
  • Enanton Depot Set
  • Enantone
  • Enantone L.P
  • Enantone Lp
  • Enantone Monats-Depot
  • Ginecrin Depot
  • Klebrocid 3-Monats-Depot
  • Klebrocid Depot Zweikammerspritze
  • Leptoprol
  • Lerin
  • Leugon
  • Leuprex 3
  • Leuprol
  • Leuprolin Ratiopharm
  • Leuprone 1-Monatsdepot
  • Leuprone 3-Monatsdepot
  • Leuprorelin 1-Month Depot Gp-Pharm
  • Leuprorelin Hexal
  • Leuprorelin Sandoz
  • Leuprorelina Gp-Pharm
  • Leupro-Sandoz 1-Monats-Depot
  • Leupro-Sandoz 3-Monats-Depot
  • Leuprorelina Trimestral Sandoz
  • Leuprostin
  • Leuproreline Sandoz
  • Lucrin
  • Lucrin Depot
  • Lucrin Pds Depot
  • Lucrin Pds Depot 1 Maand
  • Lucrin Pds Depot 3 Maanden
  • Lucrin Pds Depot 6 Maanden
  • Lupron Depo
  • Lutrate 1 Month Depot
  • Lutrate 3 Month Depot
  • Lutrate Depo
  • Lutrate Depot
  • Lutrate Depot Trimestral
  • Politrate
  • Politrate Politrate Depot
  • Procren Depot
  • Procren Depot Pds
  • Procrin Mensual
  • Procrin Semestral
  • Procrin Trimestral
  • Prostap 3 Dcs
  • Prostap 6 Dcs
  • Prostap Sr Dcs
  • Prostaplant
  • Sixantone
  • Trenantone
  • Trenantone-Gyn
  • Zeulide
  • Елигард
  • Лутрат Депо
About this procedure
Current status
CMDh final position
Reference number
Article 31 referrals

This type of referral is triggered when the interest of the Union is involved, following concerns relating to the quality, safety or efficacy of a medicine or a class of medicines.

Authorisation model
Nationally authorised product(s)
Decision making model
Key dates and outcomes
PRAC recommendation date
CHMP opinion/CMDh position date

All documents

Procedure started

Recommendation provided by Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee

Position provided by CMDh

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    Leuprorelin-containing depot medicines Article-31 referral - Annex IV (PDF/57.73 KB)

    First published: 31/07/2020

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    Leuprorelin-containing depot medicines Article-31 referral - Annex II (PDF/74.77 KB)


    First published: 31/07/2020

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    Leuprorelin-containing depot medicines Article-31 referral - Public assessment report to PRAC recommendation (PDF/2.1 MB)


    First published: 29/07/2020

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    Leuprorelin-containing depot medicines Article-31 referral - Timetable for the implementation of the CMDh position (Annex V) (PDF/41.34 KB)

    First published: 26/06/2020

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    Leuprorelin-containing depot medicines Article-31 referral - Annex III (PDF/92.91 KB)

    First published: 26/06/2020

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    Leuprorelin-containing depot medicines Article-31 referral - Annex I (PDF/138.14 KB)

    First published: 14/06/2019
    Last updated: 31/07/2020

  • Description of documents published

    Please note that some of the listed documents apply only to certain procedures.

    • Overview - lay-language summary of the stage of the procedure
    • Notification – a letter from a Member State, the European Commission or the marketing authorisation holder requesting the initiation of the procedure
    • Scientific background – further background information from the triggering Member State on the issues leading to the initiation of the procedure (if applicable)
    • List of questions – questions agreed by the Committee requesting further information from the marketing authorisation holder(s) / applicant(s) to evaluate the issues identified
    • Timetable for the procedure – agreed timeframe to respond to the list of questions, to assess the issues and to adopt a conclusion
    • List of medicines concerned by the procedure – medicine(s) / active substance(s) concerned, and marketing authorisation holder(s) / applicant(s)
    • List of questions to be addressed by the stakeholders – call for data to be submitted by stakeholders (e.g. healthcare professionals, patient organisations, individual patients) (if applicable)
    • Stakeholder submission form – form to be used by stakeholders to submit data (if applicable)
    • Scientific conclusions – scientific conclusions of the PRAC and/or CHMP and/or CMDh
    • Assessment report – PRAC or CHMP assessment and conclusions on the issues investigated, including divergent positions (if applicable)
    • Divergent positions – divergent positions of the CHMP or CMDh members for pharmacovigilance procedures (if applicable)
    • Changes to the summary of product characteristics, labelling and package leaflet (amended sections or fully revised version) (if applicable)
    • Condition(s) to the marketing authorisation(s) – condition(s) for the safe and effective use of the medicine(s) (if applicable)
    • Condition for lifting the suspension – condition to be fulfilled for the suspension of the marketing authorisation(s) to be lifted (if applicable)
    • Timetable for implementation of CMDh position – agreed timeframe to submit and finalise the variation(s) implementing the outcome of the procedure (if applicable)

    Note that older documents may have different titles.


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