Genentech Inc., has voluntarily withdrawn Raptiva from the market. Raptiva is a psoriasis drug that has been linked to progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a rare brain infection. PML is often fatal. Recently, Genentech disclosed that three patients taking Raptiva had developed PML since October 2008, with two of those patients dying. In March 2009, Genentech updated the Raptiva label to reflect the heightened risk of PML. Genentech later decided that Raptiva’s risks outweighed its benefits, particularly since there is no way to mitigate the risks.
Raptiva was approved by the FDA in 2003 for the treatment of psoriasis. It works by suppressing the T-cells in the immune system. According to Genentech, since Raptiva’s approval, approximately 48,000 people worldwide have taken Raptiva, and 2,000 U.S. patients currently use it. Genentech advises doctors to work with patients to find alternative treatmens for their psoriasis. Patients should not abruptly stop taking Raptiva, as that could make their psoriasis worse. No new prescriptions should be written for Raptiva, but it will be available to current patients until June 8.
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