Navigation Links
FDA Warns Users on Psoriasis Drug
Date:2/19/2009

Three have died from rare brain infection while taking Raptiva, officials report in health advisory

THURSDAY, Feb. 19 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials issued a public health advisory Thursday for the psoriasis drug Raptiva after confirming that three people using the medication have died.

Two of three people with confirmed cases of a rare brain infection called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) are among the dead, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory. The third death was a person believed to have contracted the brain infection, according to the advisory.

All four had been treated with Raptiva (efalizumab) for at least three years, and none was taking other immune suppressants.

In its advisory, the FDA said it would study the issue carefully and "strongly recommends that health care professionals carefully monitor patients on Raptiva, as well as those who have discontinued the drug, for any signs or symptoms of neurologic disease, and that they periodically reassess the benefits of continued treatment."

"Patients should be aware of the symptoms of PML and contact their health care professionals immediately if they experience any such symptoms," the advisory recommended.

Outside experts, however, said that, though the news was serious, there was no reason to panic.

"Patients should talk to their doctors and carefully weigh the risks and benefits of Raptiva, taking into account the most recent bit of information," said Bruce Bebo Jr., director of research for the National Psoriasis Foundation in Portland, Ore. "The risk to folks in the grand scheme of things is still not very high. For some patients, this [and similar drugs] have very profound efficacy. Psoriasis is a life-changing disease for many people, and a lot of people are willing to accept that degree of risk."

Srikanth Kolluru, an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sci
'/>"/>

Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. FDA Warns of Codeine Risk for Some Nursing Mothers
2. PA Agriculture Department Warns Consumers of Tainted Raw Milk Sold by Perry County Dairy
3. Research warns that human papillomavirus might cause bladder cancer
4. New research warns of the lack of specialization when judging individuals with mental disorders
5. Coalition of Caregivers Warns Congress of Danger to Oldest U.S. Seniors if Medicare Slashed
6. Health Department Warns Consumers of Home-Canned Soup Linked to Potter County Restaurant
7. FDA Warns Against Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy
8. Cold Meds Not Safe for Kids Under 2, FDA Warns
9. FDA Warns Clot Risk Higher in Birth Control Patch Than Pill
10. Renaissance Health Publishing, LLC Warns the Public that ConsumerLab.com is Not Independent and Labels the CL Seal of Approval a Worthless, Paid-For Advertising Gimmick
11. Health Capital Group Warns of Fallout to Hospitals From the Subprime Mortgage Crisis and Urges Hospitals to Immediately Reassess Existing Debt Structures and Capital Financing Plans
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
FDA Warns Users on Psoriasis Drug
(Date:8/28/2014)... Valero Renewable Fuels Company, LLC, a ... and the Ports of Indiana hosted Lt. Gov. Sue ... a Port Appreciation and Welcome Celebration commemorating the restart ... “The opening of Valero’s ethanol facility at the ... win for the State of Indiana,” Ellspermann said. “When ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... 2014 Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts ... is re-accredited for the 5 years of the accreditation ... (ARMRIT). , “We are very proud to have ... program to make sure we provide the best experience ... in MRI field nowadays and I look forward to ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, ... sending electrical currents through the scalp to a specific network ... a day. In a small study of healthy young ... certain networks involved in memory. That, in turn, boosted participants, ... after the brain stimulation. During TMS, an electromagnetic coil ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... fermentation," when yeast that should be busily converting grape ... leaving the remaining sugar to instead be consumed by ... of researchers including UC Davis yeast geneticist Linda Bisson ... Working through a prion -- an abnormally shaped ... bacteria in fermenting wine to switch yeast from sugar ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... Chicago, IL (PRWEB) August 28, 2014 ... IT Supplement shows that while most hospitals utilize a ... of health care information technology is still a challenge. ... in the August issue of Health Affairs , ... Health Forum’s Health Care Data Center, as well as ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Valero, Ports of Indiana Celebrate Restart of Ethanol Plant 2Health News:Valero, Ports of Indiana Celebrate Restart of Ethanol Plant 3Health News:Gurnick Academy’s MRI Program Is Re-Accredited by ARMRIT for the 5 Years 2Health News:Electrical Pulses to Scalp May Boost Memory: Study 2Health News:Electrical Pulses to Scalp May Boost Memory: Study 3Health News:Prions can trigger 'stuck' wine fermentations, researchers find 2Health News:AHA Data Shows Progress, Challenges on Road to Healthcare IT Adoption 2Health News:AHA Data Shows Progress, Challenges on Road to Healthcare IT Adoption 3
... her down but along with her, her families too have to ... brain //and breast has taken its toll on Ellen who is ... the illness. Her family could seem to do nothing to ease ... quarters- the palliative care team at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. ...
... get married is a waste of breath, a US expert ... // ,William Smith, the vice president of the Sexuality, ... a six-year study commissioned by the US Congress found that ... on pushing sexual abstinence outside marriage had had no discernible ...
... day of reckoning is only getting closer for the Bush ... //The most recent, is the one cited by the American ... the information provided by the federally sponsored ‘Abstinence Only Sex ... way of a lengthy document compiled by Dr. John Santelli, ...
... ‘chemo brain’ that chemotherapy patients complain about, is finally ... especially women have for years informed their doctors about ... to concentrate, difficulty retrieving words, trouble with multitasking and ... edge. Once brushing such complaints aside, these very people, ...
... breakthrough method of blood test to diagnose Parkinson disease. This ... before the symptoms arrive. The test is done by a ... Melbourne University specialists. ,They have also created a ... it can screen many types of PD and monitor treatment ...
... is no evidence that antioxidant supplements interfere with ... a recent systematic //review of the use of ... increase survival rates, tumor response, and the patient’s ... implications for patients whose oncologists discourage the use ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:The Pain Relieved With the Help of Palliative Workers 2Health News:Chemo Brain- Nothing Forgettable About It 2Health News:Chemo Brain- Nothing Forgettable About It 3Health News:New Blood Test to Diagnose Parkinson Disease 2Health News:Antioxidants May Aid Chemotherapy Patients 2
(Date:8/28/2014)... 28, 2014 Reportlinker.com announces that a ... catalogue: North America Laparoscopes Market Outlook ... North America Laparoscopes Market Outlook to ... America Laparoscopes Market Outlook to 2020", provides key ... The report provides value, in millions of US ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- CountryFocus: Healthcare, Regulatory and Reimbursement ... (Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140828/140879 ) ... Reimbursement Landscape Poland " an essential source of ... healthcare market and provides insights into the demographic, ... the report provides valuable insights into the trends ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... China , Aug. 28, 2014 ... TPI ), a pharmaceutical company that specializes in ... generics and active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) today updates ... Company,s Qionglai Facility (QLF). The ... Practice (GMP) dataset for China Food & Drug ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:North America Laparoscopes Market Outlook to 2020 2North America Laparoscopes Market Outlook to 2020 3North America Laparoscopes Market Outlook to 2020 4North America Laparoscopes Market Outlook to 2020 5North America Laparoscopes Market Outlook to 2020 6North America Laparoscopes Market Outlook to 2020 7North America Laparoscopes Market Outlook to 2020 8North America Laparoscopes Market Outlook to 2020 9North America Laparoscopes Market Outlook to 2020 10North America Laparoscopes Market Outlook to 2020 11Poland & Turkey Pharmaceutical Market worth $15 billion & $21.5 billion Respectively by 2020 2Poland & Turkey Pharmaceutical Market worth $15 billion & $21.5 billion Respectively by 2020 3Poland & Turkey Pharmaceutical Market worth $15 billion & $21.5 billion Respectively by 2020 4Poland & Turkey Pharmaceutical Market worth $15 billion & $21.5 billion Respectively by 2020 5TPI Submits Dataset for GMP Inspection at Qionglai Facility (QLF) 2
... Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research ... Patient Self-Monitoring: Devices, Markets, Players ... http://www.reportlinker.com/p0581171/Patient-Self-Monitoring-Devices-Markets-Players-and-Prospects .html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=In_Vitro_Diagnostic The ... serum levels is deemed to be a ...
... A new patent covering tumor suppression technologies, including the ... awarded to The University of Texas System ... to the discovery that chromosome 3p21.3 genes act as ... also known as FUS1, the anti-cancer agent in ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Patient Self-Monitoring: Devices, Markets, Players and Prospects 2Patient Self-Monitoring: Devices, Markets, Players and Prospects 3Genprex Announces New Patent Issuance in Japan 2