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Irish Medicines Formulary is the centre of medicines information in Ireland. If you prescribe, dispense, administer or monitor medicines, IMF is the cornerstone of world-class practice. Evidence-based, non-promotional, Ireland-specific and fully-complete. Medicines in this country are always changing - newly licensed treatment options as well as large numbers of discontinued medicines of which health professionals need to be aware.

New Molecules, New Combinations
(see the NEW IMF 26 book for full details)

  • Axicabtagene Ciloleucel (Lymphoma)
  • Bictegravir, Emtricitabine, Tenofovir AF (HIV)
  • Cabozantinib (Renal Cell Carcinoma)
  • Carbetocin (Oxytocic)
  • Cladribine (Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Colchicine (Gout)
  • Daratumumab (Multiple Myeloma)
  • Efavirenz, Emtricitabine, Tenofovir (DS) (HIV)
  • Eliglustat (Metabolic Disorders)
  • Ertugliflozin, Sitagliptin (Diabetes)
  • Fluticasone, Umeclidinium, Vilanterol (COPD)
  • Isavuconazole (Antifungals)
  • Ixazomib (Multiple Myeloma)
  • Methyldopa (Hypertension)
  • Mifepristone (Termination of Pregnancy)
  • Misoprostol (Termination of Pregnancy)
  • Palbociclib (Breast Cancer)
  • Rilpivirine (HIV)
  • Rosuvastatin, Ezetimibe (Hypercholesterolaemia)
  • Selexipag (Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension)
  • Semaglutide (Diabetes)
  • Sofosbuvir (Hepatitis)
  • Tezacaftor, Ivacaftor (Cystic Fibrosis)
  • Tick-borne Encephalitis Vaccine (Active Immunisation)
  • Tramadol, Dexketoprofen (Opioid Analgesic, NSAID)
  • Venetoclax (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia)

    Spotlight: Colchicine...

    Colchicine has been used for many years for the treatment of acute attacks of gout. Although it is an old treatment option, it is new to IMF. It is not licensed in Ireland but is made available to patients as an Exempt Medicine*. It is GMS reimbursed.

    Derived from the Cochicum plant family and commonly known as autumn crocus, meadow saffron or naked lady, the exact mechanism of action of colchicine is not fully known.

    Colchicine is indicated for the treatment of acute gout and prophylaxis of gout attacks during initiation of allopurinol and uricosurics.

    It should be used with caution in the elderly. In moderate renal impairment the dose should be reduced, or the dosing interval extended. It should be used with caution in mild to moderate hepatic impairment. Colchicine is contraindicated in both severe renal impairment and severe hepatic impairment.

    Colchicine is potentially toxic and has a narrow therapeutic window. Therefore, the recommended dose should not be exceeded. It may cause severe bone marrow depression. It is teratogenic and contraindicated for use during pregnancy, lactation or in women of childbearing potential who are not using adequate and effective contraception.

    Common side effects include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

    *Exempt Medicines: Medicines placed on the Irish market must be authorised by the HPRA or, in the case of centrally authorised products, by the European Commission. However, European regulations do provide for an exemption to this rule – this is via Article 5 of Directive 2001/83/EC. In this case, unauthorised medicines may be supplied where a registered doctor or dentist has prescribed the product for an individual patient under his or her direct responsibility.  This is in order to fulfil the special needs of those patients. Exempt Medicines are sometimes loosely referred to as ULMs or Unlicensed Medicines.

    New Generics, Branded-Generics, Irish-Generics

    (see IMF 26 book for all the new products and their details)

    Medicines No Longer Available in Ireland 2019

    Entire Brand/Range

    • Aceomel
    • Adalat Caps, Retard Tabs
    • Alphaderm Cream
    • Aritavi
    • Arythmol
    • Asmanex Twisthaler
    • Atorvastatin Pfizer
    • Candesartan TEVA
    • Capecitabine Sandoz
    • Capecitabine Sandoz
    • Carsem XL
    • Catapres
    • Cefuroxime TEVA Tabs
    • Citalopram Actavis Range
    • Climara, Climara Forte
    • Diazemuls Emulsion Parenteral
    • Duloxetine TEVA
    • Elonva Parenteral
    • Emcor Range
    • Esomeprazole TEVA
    • Fostolin Once Weekly
    • Glucobay
    • Hexopal
    • Irbesan
    • Kyflam
    • Lamater
    • Lamoro
    • Lansoprazole TEVA OroDisp
    • Lanvis
    • Latop, Latop-Comp Eye Drops
    • Lemilvo
    • Lercanidipine TEVA
    • Lipostat
    • Metformin Mylan
    • Minatev LA
    • Mirtazapine Actavis
    • Mobic
    • Moduret
    • Myzaar
    • Nolvadex D
    • Olmesartan Teva
    • OsvaRen
    • Pergoveris Parenteral
    • Prindace
    • Profal
    • Reltebon Prolonged/R
    • Rivotril
    • Romep
    • Sertraline Actavis Range
    • Telmisartan Teva
    • Tenormin
    • Ternaf
    • Tevicon
    • Typherix Vaccine
    • Valaciclovir Actavis
    • Vatan
    • Venlafaxine Teva
    • Xefo Rapid
    • Zesger Plus

    Specific Brand Items

    • Anafranil Caps 25mg
    • Arcoxia 90mg (5-pack), 120mg (7-pack)
    • Atorvastatin (Dexcel) (20mg)
    • Atrovent Neb Soln 250mcg/mL UDV (60-pack)
    • Avonex (12-pack)
    • Beclazone Easy-Breathe (50mcg)
    • Bydureon Parenteral (Injection)
    • Cifloxager 250mg, 500mg (10-pack)
    • Ciproxin 250mg (20-pack)
    • Ciproxin 500mg (100-pack)
    • Diclac Standard/R 25mg
    • Dovobet Ointment
    • Effentora Buccal (800mcg)
    • Erythrocin 250mg (500-pack)
    • Esbriet 14-Day Starter Kit (hard caps)
    • Fucibet Lipid Cream (15g)
    • Geramox (500mg)
    • Humira Parenteral Paed 40mg (vial)
    • Instanyl Nasal Spray Multidose (all strengths)
    • Intron A Parenteral (multidose pen 60 MIU)
    • Keflex 250mg (100-pack)
    • Locoid Scalp Application
    • Locoid Oint (all sizes), Cream (100g), Lipocream (30g)
    • Meptid 200mg (100-pack)
    • Metalyse Parenteral (8000 U)
    • Metoject 10mg/mL (10mg, 15mg, 20mg)
    • MUSE (125mcg)
    • Nicotinell Gum 2mg, 4mg, Lozenge 1mg (12-pack)
    • Oramorph Conc Oral Soln 20mg/mL (30mL-pack)
    • Ovitrelle Parenteral (PFS)
    • Pegasys Parenteral (PFP 135mcg, 180mcg)
    • Ondansetron (Rowex) Parenteral
    • Plavix (75mg)
    • Pneumovax 23 Parenteral (vial)
    • Profloxin 500mg (10-pack)
    • Puregon Parenteral (Inj 50 IU, 100 IU)
    • Saizen Parenteral (multidose Click.Easy 8mg)
    • Singulair (Paed Chewable 4mg)
    • Teicoplanin (Rowex) Parenteral (200mg)
    • Terazosin Accord (5mg)
    • Ventamol CFC-Free Inhaler (100mcg)
    • Viramune (200mg, 400mg Prolonged/R)
    • Zovirax (Ophthalmic)