Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Sinus drug linked to liver damage, skin peeling

From the Vancouver Sun:
Somewhere near Quebec City lives a young mother who spent four weeks in a burn unit last year after a suspected drug reaction covered her body with burn-like red blisters and peeled off her skin from head to thigh.

The woman had been prescribed the antibiotic Ketek for a simple sinus infection.

But the 26-year-old developed toxic epidermal necrolysis, an extremely rare drug reaction where people essentially shed the outer protective layer of their skin. ...more

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