Sunday, May 18, 2008

HIV drug linked to serious liver side-effects, Health Canada warns

From the Canadian Press:
Health Canada and pharmaceutical company Janssen-Ortho are warning people taking the HIV drug Prezista that the drug can cause serious liver side-effects.

Prezista, which is used in combination with another antiretroviral medication known as ritonavir, is used to treat adult patients in whom other HIV therapy has failed.

The warning says that in clinical trials, 0.5 per cent of people who took the drug developed hepatitis or inflammation of the liver.

And since the drug has been brought to market, there have been 13 reports of patients who developed hepatitis, including two who died.

The warnings says that between mid-2006 and the end of 2007 there were also 25 reports of patients who developed other liver problems; 14 of those patients died. ...more

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