- Procedure started
- Under evaluation
- CHMP opinion
- European Commission final decision
Zyrtec and associated names, 10 mg film coated tablets, 10 mg/ml oral drops, 1 mg/ml oral solution, is an anti-allergic drug indicated for the relief of nasal and ocular symptoms of seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis and for the relief of chronic idiopathic urticaria.
On 9 October 2007 the Commission 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 of the medicinal product Zyrtec and associated names.
The basis for referral was that there were divergences in the Summaries of Product Characteristics (SPC) of Zyrtec and associated names approved across EU Member States, in particular with respect to the indications, the posology, the contra-indications and the special warnings.
This medicinal product belongs to the 2007 list of products identified for SPC harmonisation.
The procedure started on 18 October 2007. The Marketing Authorisation Holder provided supplementary information on 28 January 2008.
During its May 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 was acceptable and that they should be amended.
The CHMP gave a positive opinion on 30 May 2008 recommending the harmonisation of the SPC, Labelling and Package Leaflet for Zyrtec 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 6 October 2008.
About this medicine
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About this procedure
European Commission final decision
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.
Key dates and outcomes
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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.