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GSK Reports PROMACTA(R) (eltrombopag) Significantly Increased Platelet Counts and Reduced Bleeding in Long-Term Study of Patients With Chronic ITP
Date:12/6/2008

is not recommended and should be considered only with close medical supervision and under exceptional circumstances where the potential benefit outweighs the risk.

Because of the risk for hepatotoxicity and other risks, PROMACTA is available only through a restricted distribution program called PROMACTA CARES. Under the PROMACTA CARES Program, only prescribers, pharmacies, and patients registered with the program are able to prescribe, dispense, and receive PROMACTA. To enroll in the PROMACTA CARES Program, call 1-877-9-PROMACTA.

Warnings and Precautions:

Additional safety information regarding Risk of Hepatotoxicity: Reinitiating treatment with PROMACTA is not recommended. If the potential benefit for reinitiating PROMACTA treatment is considered to outweigh the risk for hepatotoxicity, then cautiously reintroduce PROMACTA and measure serum liver tests weekly during the dose adjustment phase. If liver test abnormalities persist, worsen or recur, then permanently discontinue PROMACTA. Exercise caution when administering PROMACTA to patients with hepatic disease. Use a lower starting dose of PROMACTA in patients with moderate to severe hepatic disease and monitor closely.

Bone Marrow Reticulin Formation and Risk for Bone Marrow Fibrosis: PROMACTA is a thrombopoietin (TPO) receptor agonist and TPO receptor agonists increase the risk for development or progression of reticulin fibers within the bone marrow. Prior to initiation of PROMACTA, examine the peripheral blood smear closely to establish a baseline level of cellular morphologic abnormalities. Following identification of a stable dose of PROMACTA, perform CBC with WBC differential monthly. If the patient develops new or worsening morphological abnormalities or cytopenia(s), discontinue treatment with PROMACTA and consider a bone marrow biopsy, including staining for fibrosis.

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