Singulair

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European Commission final decision

Overview

Singulair and associated names, 4mg, chewable tablets and oral granules, is a leukotriene-1 receptor antagonist used for the add-on treatment (concomitantly with inhaled steroids), as alternative monotherapy to low-dose inhaled corticosteroids, and to prevent exercise-induced bronchoconstriction.

On 13 September 2007, Merck Sharp & Dohme presented to the EMEA a referral under Article 30 of Directive 2001/83/EC, as amended, in order to harmonise the nationally authorised Summaries of Product Characteristics (SPC), Labelling and Package Leaflet including quality aspects of the medicinal product Singulair and associated names.

The basis for referral was that there were divergences in the Summaries of Product Characteristics (SPC) including quality aspects of Singulair and associated names approved across EU Member States, with respect to the following indications: Treatment of asthma as add-on therapy in patients with mild to moderate persistent asthma who are inadequately controlled on inhaled corticosteroids and in whom “as-needed” short acting β-agonists provide inadequate clinical control of asthma; as an alternative treatment option to low-dose inhaled corticosteroids for patients with mild persistent asthma who do not have a recent history of serious asthma attacks that required oral corticosteroid use, and who have demonstrated that they are not capable of using inhaled corticosteroids; prophylaxis of asthma in paediatric patients in which the predominant component is exercise-induced bronchoconstriction.

The procedure started on 20 September 2007. The Marketing Authorisation Holder provided supplementary information on 6 December 2007.

During its 21 - 24 April 2008 meeting, the CHMP, in the light of the overall submitted data and the scientific discussion within the Committee, was of the opinion that the proposal for the harmonisation of the SPC, Labelling and Package leaflet including the quality aspects was acceptable and that they should be amended.

The CHMP gave a positive opinion on 24 April 2008 recommending the harmonisation of the SPC, Labelling and Package Leaflet including quality aspects for Singulair and associated names.

The list of product names concerned is given in Annex I. The scientific conclusions are provided in Annex II together with the amended SPC, Labelling and Package Leaflet in Annex III.

A Decision was issued by the European Commission on 11 July 2008.

Key facts

Approved name
Singulair
International non-proprietary name (INN) or common name
montelukast
Reference number
CHMP/212107/08
Type
Article 30 referrals

This type of referral is triggered when Member States have adopted different decisions over the years for some medicines (e.g. different indications, contraindications or posology) and there is a need to harmonise across the EU.

Status
European Commission final decision
Opinion date
24/04/2008
EC decision date
11/07/2008

All documents

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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