Nimesulide

Current status:
European Commission final decision

Overview

The European Medicines Agency has completed a review of the safety and effectiveness of systemic medicines containing nimesulide (capsules, tablets, suppositories and powder or granules for oral suspension). The Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) concluded that the benefits of nimesulide used systemically continue to outweigh its risks but that its use should be restricted to the treatment of acute pain and primary dysmenorrhoea. It issued a recommendation that it should no longer be used for the treatment of painful osteoarthritis.

Key facts

Approved name
Nimesulide
International non-proprietary name (INN) or common name
nimesulide
Reference number
EMEA/H/A-31/001261
Type
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.

Status
European Commission final decision
Opinion date
23/06/2011
EC decision date
20/01/2012

All documents

Document description

  • Questions and answers (Q&A) - easy-to-understand summary of key issues and Committee conclusions
  • Summary of Opinion - contains the CHMP opinion of the referred medicine(s)
  • List of the medicines affected by the referral (Annex I)
  • Scientific conclusions of the Committee (Annex II)

The following two documents are sometimes available:

  • Changes to the summary of product characteristics, labeling or package leaflet (also known as Annex III) - available when changes havebeen recommended by the Committee
  • Conditions of the marketing authorisation (also known as Annex IV) - available when the Committee recommends measures to be takenfor the marketing authorisation(s) such as safety measures or extra studies

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