Desloratadine ratiopharm



On 15 October 2020, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion recommending a change to the terms of the marketing authorisation for the medicinal product Desloratadine ratiopharm. The marketing authorisation holder for this medicinal product is ratiopharm GmbH.

The variation concerns a change in the classification of Desloratadine ratiopharm from “medicinal product subject to medical prescription” to “medicinal product not subject to medical prescription”.

This change is based on the fact that CHMP agreed that the criteria for classifying a medicine as subject to medical prescription as laid down in the European Commission Guideline do not apply to Desloratadine ratiopharm. Therefore, the Committee recommended that the change in the supply classification is approvable.

As a consequence of this change, CHMP agreed to limit the indications to adults only and to restrict the urticaria indication to chronic idiopathic urticaria as initially diagnosed by a physician. The CHMP adopted a change to the existing indications as follows:*

Desloratadine ratiopharm 5 mg film‑coated tablets is indicated in adults and adolescents aged 12 years and older for the relief of symptoms associated with:

- allergic rhinitis (see section 5.1)

- chronic idiopathic urticaria as initially diagnosed by a physician (see section 5.1)

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

*New text in bold, removed text as strikethrough

Key facts

Desloratadine ratiopharm
Agency product number
International non-proprietary name (INN) or common name
  • desloratadine
Active substance
  • desloratadine
Therapeutic area
Rhinitis, Allergic, Perennial
Rhinitis, Allergic, Seasonal

This is a generic medicine, which is developed to be the same as a medicine that has already been authorised, called the reference medicine. A generic medicine contains the same active substance(s) as the reference medicine, and is used at the same dose(s) to treat the same disease(s). For more information, see Generic and hybrid medicines.

Date opinion adopted
Company name
Ratiopharm GmbH
Application type

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