Pfizer Drug Linked to Deadly Skin Reactions
Sutent Linked to Dangerous Skin Reactions
- According to Medscape, a letter was issued by Pfizer Canada stating users of the drug Sutent may be at risk of contacting potentially fatal skin reactions.
- These reactions include toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) and Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS).
- The letter states that some reported incidents have been fatal and warns users who with symptoms of either TEN or SJS to stop using the drug immediately.
- The letter goes on to warn that in the event that TEN or SJS is confirmed in a patient, treatment with Sutent must not continue.
Pfizer Updating Warning Label for Sutent
- Sutent is prescribed for the treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma, gastrointestinal stromal tumor and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pancreatic cancer).
- Medscape states that while the product’s monogram does make mention of skin related side effects including rash, dry skin, skin discoloration and erythema, it does not warn against TEN or SJS. Pfizer plans to update their labels.
- Sutent carries a number of other side effects including depression, heart failure and renal failure. For a full list of side effects is provided by the American Cancer Society.
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