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Pfizer’s Tofacitinib Under FDA Review

Kayla Jackson4 years ago

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently reviewing Pfizer’s experimental Rheumatoid Arthritis drug Tofacitinib to determine whether its benefits outweigh risks of cancerous cells and other infections. The FDA is in the early stages of reviewing the drug and will finalize their decision in August.

Benefits and Risks of Tofacitinib

  • Benefit: Tofacitinib reduces inflammation of the joints caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • Benefit: The drug is said to slow down structural damage within the joints.
  • Risk: Tofacitinib was tied to a higher risk of cancerous cells, especially lymphoma.
  • Risk: Risk of malignancies could get worse with higher doses or longer exposure to the drug.

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