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Bayer Announces Availability of Reformulated Liquid Leukine(R)
Date:5/19/2008

ftment delay, as compared to historical experience.

Important Safety Considerations

Leukine is contraindicated in patients with excessive leukemic blasts in bone marrow or peripheral blood (greater than or equal to 10%), in patients with known hypersensitivity to GM-CSF, yeast-derived products or any component of Leukine, and for concomitant use with chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Serious allergic or anaphylactic reactions have been reported with Leukine. If any serious or anaphylactic reactions occur, Leukine therapy should immediately be discontinued and appropriate therapy initiated.

Liquid solutions containing benzyl alcohol (including liquid LEUKINE) or lyophilized LEUKINE reconstituted with Bacteriostatic Water for Injection, USA (0.9% benzyl alcohol) should not be administered to neonates.

Leukine should be used with caution and monitored in patients with preexisting fluid retention, pulmonary infiltrates or CHF; respiratory symptoms or disease; cardiac symptoms or disease; and renal or hepatic dysfunction.

Edema, capillary leak syndrome, pleural and or/pericardial effusion, supraventricular tachycardia, sequestration of granulocytes in the pulmonary circulation and dyspnea have been reported in patients after Leukine administration. Leukine has induced the elevation of serum creatinine or bilirubin and hepatic enzymes in some patients. Monitoring of renal and hepatic function in patients with preexisting renal or hepatic dysfunction is recommended at least every other week during Leukine administration.

Nearly all patients reported leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, and anemia. Adverse events occurring in >10% of AML patients receiving Leukine in controlled clinical trials and reported in a higher frequency than placebo were: fever, skin reactions, metabolic disturbances, nausea, vomiting, weight-loss, edema, and anorexia.

If ANC >20,000 cells/mm3 or if platelet counts >500,000 mm3, Leukine administration sh
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