Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Drug Rituxan linked to bowel problems, Health Canada advises

Here is some additional info about the Rituxan advisory...

From CBC News:
Health Canada has revised prescribing information for the medication Rituxan after some people taking the drug for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma developed potentially life-threatening bowel obstruction or bowel perforation.

Rituxan is approved for use in Canada to treat non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (a cancer of the lymph nodes) and rheumatoid arthritis.

The drug's manufacturer, Hoffmann-LaRoche, said there have been two cases of bowel obstruction, including one death, and two cases of bowel perforation related to the use of Rituxan in Canada. ...more

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