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Brand name: Roferon-A TM

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Active ingredients: interferon alfa-2a

What it is used for

ROFERON-A is indicated for use in the treatment of: AIDS-related Kaposi's sarcoma; patients with histologically proven chronic active hepatitis B (but without evidence of cirrhosis of the liver) and raised ALT levels (>3 x upper limit of reference range); Chronic hepatitis C given in combination with ribavirin in previously untreated patients or patients who have relapsed following alfa interferon monotherapy. Patients must be 18 years of age and have compensated liver disease; patients 18 years or older with histologically proven chronic hepatitis due to hepatitis C and persistently elevated serum ALT for at least 6 months and without liver decompensation (Child's Class A); hairy cell leukaemia; chronic myelogenous leukaemia; (CML) and excessive thrombocytosis associated with CML and other myeloproliferative disorders, in people 18 years of age or older; cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (mycosis fungoides and Sezary syndrome); patients with low-grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (as per international working formulation) when used as an adjunct to or concomitant with chemotherapy (with or without radiotherapy) ; advanced and/or metastatic renal cell carcinoma.

How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Subcutaneous. This medicine is injected, usually with a short needle or pen-like device, into the fat just beneath the skin.

  • Store at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Light
  • Shelf lifetime is 2 Years.

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Clear to slightly yellowish liquid that is practically free from particles (max Y5 Ph.Eur.)

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Is this medicine subsidised?

This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on July 1, 2020. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient interferon alfa-2a

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

Consumer Medicines Information (CMI)

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Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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