3 Patients Dead from Therapy-Related PML
Psoriasis Drug Linked to 3 Deaths
FDA Issues Public Health AdvisoryThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a public health advisory concerning 3 confirmed, and 1 possible report of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a rare brain infection, in patients using the psoriasis drug Raptiva (efalizumab). Three of those patients have died. All 4 patients were treated with the drug for more than 3 years. None of the patients were receiving other treatments that suppress the immune system.
Raptiva is a once-weekly injection approved for adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis who are candidates for systemic (whole body) therapy or phototherapy.
PML is caused by a virus that affects the central nervous system. PML usually occurs in people whose immune systems have been severely weakened. It leads to an irreversible decline in neurologic function and death. Symptoms may include unusual weakness, loss of coordination, changes in vision, difficulty speaking and personality changes. There is no known effective prevention or treatment.
The FDA 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.
FEB-19-09: FDA Advises Public of Serious Adverse Event with Psoriasis Drug Raptiva [FDA: SERIOUS ADVERSE EVENTS WITH RAPTIVA]
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