Obesity - rimonabant (withdrawn) (TA144)
The European Medicines Agency (EMEA), the European Union (EU) body which is responsible for monitoring the safety of medicines, has recommended the suspension of the marketing authorisation for rimonabant (acomplia) from Sanofi-Aventis. The EMEA has concluded that the benefits of rimonabant no longer outweigh its risks and the marketing authorisation should be suspended across the EU. The EMEA has advised that patients who are currently taking rimonabant should consult their doctor or pharmacist at a convenient time to discuss their treatment. The EMEA has advised that there is no need for patients to stop treatment with rimonabant immediately, but patients who wish to stop can do so at any time.
As a result of the EMEA's decision, NICE has temporarily withdrawn its guidance on the use of rimonabant for the treatment of overweight and obese patients.
We will consult on our review plans for this guidance in April 2010.
This page was last updated: 30 March 2010
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