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Friday, May 8, 2009

Incidence Of PML With Tysabri In Multiple Sclerosis Lower Than Previously Thought

Source: Medical News Today
Article Date: 08 May 2009

The risk of developing progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a viral brain infection, in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) taking the drug natalizumab (Tysabri) appears to be much lower - and the infection less deadly - than previously estimated, according to new postmarketing surveillance data.

Previous research found that the risk of developing PML was 1 in 1000, but new data show that the risk is closer to 1.2 per 10,000 patients, according to Carmen Bozic, MD, vice president and global head of drug safety and risk management for the maker of natalizumab, Biogen Idec, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Dr. Bozic delivered an updated overview of the risks and benefits of natalizumab during the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) 61st Annual Meeting.

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1 comment:

deej said...

Sorry, but I don't care about or believe what Dr. Bozic or anyone says about a drug/medicine when I can see that they WORK for (or are doing business with) the company that MAKES the drug/medicine.