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Clopidogrel BGR (Zylagren) (clopidogrel hydrogen sulphate) - B01AC03

Updated on site: 06-Oct-2017

Medication nameClopidogrel BGR (Zylagren)
ATC CodeB01AC03
Substanceclopidogrel hydrogen sulphate
ManufacturerBiogaran

Clopidogrel BGR1

clopidogrel

This is a summary of the European public assessment report (EPAR) for Clopidogrel BGR. It explains how the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) assessed the medicine to reach its opinion in favour of granting a marketing authorisation and its recommendations on the conditions of use for Clopidogrel BGR.

What is Clopidogrel BGR?

Clopidogrel BGR is a medicine that contains the active substance clopidogrel. It is available as tablets (75 mg).

Clopidogrel BGR is a ‘generic medicine’. This means that Clopidogrel BGR is similar to a ‘reference medicine’ already authorised in the European Union (EU) called Plavix. For more information on generic medicines, see the question-and-answer document here.

What is Clopidogrel BGR used for?

Clopidogrel BGR is used in adults to prevent atherothrombotic events (problems caused by blood clots and hardening of the arteries). Clopidogrel BGR can be given to the following groups of patients:

patients who have recently had a myocardial infarction (heart attack). Clopidogrel BGR can be started between a few days and 35 days after the attack;

patients who have had a recent ischaemic stroke (stroke caused by failure of the blood supply to part of the brain). Clopidogrel BGR can be started between seven days and six months after the stroke;

patients with peripheral arterial disease (problems with blood flow in the arteries);

1 Previously known as Zylagren

The medicine can only be obtained with a prescription.

How is Clopidogrel BGR used?

The standard dose of Clopidogrel BGR is one 75 mg tablet once a day.

How does Clopidogrel BGR work?

The active substance in Clopidogrel BGR, clopidogrel, is an inhibitor of platelet aggregation. This means that it helps to prevent blood clots from forming. When the blood clots, this is due to special cells in the blood called platelets aggregating (sticking together). Clopidogrel stops the platelets aggregating by blocking a substance called ADP from attaching to a special receptor on their surface. This stops the platelets becoming ‘sticky’, reducing the risk of a blood clot forming and helping to prevent another heart attack or stroke.

How has Clopidogrel BGR been studied?

Because Clopidogrel BGR is a generic medicine, studies in people have been limited to tests to determine that it is bioequivalent to the reference medicine, Plavix. Two medicines are bioequivalent when they produce the same levels of the active substance in the body.

What are the benefits and risks of Clopidogrel BGR?

Because Clopidogrel BGR is a generic medicine and is bioequivalent to the reference medicine, its benefit and risk are taken as being the same as those of the reference medicine.

Why has Clopidogrel BGR been approved?

The CHMP concluded that, in accordance with EU requirements, Clopidogrel BGR has been shown to have comparable quality and to be bioequivalent to Plavix. Therefore, the CHMP’s view was that, as for Plavix, the benefit outweighs the identified risk. The Committee recommended that Clopidogrel BGR be given marketing authorisation.

Other information about Clopidogrel BGR

The European Commission granted a marketing authorisation valid throughout the EU for Zylagren on 21 September 2009. The name of the medicine was changed to Clopidogrel BGR on 14 July 2014.

The full EPAR for Clopidogrel BGR can be found on the Agency’s website: ema.europa.eu/Find medicine/Human medicines/European public assessment reports. For more information about treatment with Clopidogrel BGR, read the package leaflet (also part of the EPAR) or contact your doctor or pharmacist.

The full EPAR for the reference medicine can also be found on the Agency’s website.

This summary was last updated in 10-2014.

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