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Two Cancer Drugs Receive Black Box Warnings

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

The U.S. Food and Drug Administraion will now require two cancer drugs to contain a black box warning for hepatitis B risks.

Drugs Affected by the New Black Box Warning Requirement

  • According to Reuters, the black box warning will be required on two drugs used to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).
  • The first is GlaxoSmithKline’s Arzerra. The drug was approved for treatment of CLL in 2009 and is prescribed to patients who did not see improvement while using other cancer medications.
  • The other, Rituxan, was developed by Roche and Biogen and is also used to treat non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and rheumatoid arthritis.

Black Box Warning Address Hepatitis B

  • The FDA states that though the risks are already described on labels, cases of reactivation have persisted and some patients have died.
  • Physicians are recommended to screen all patients for hepatitis B before prescribing the drugs, and to monitor patients with prior hepatitis B infections.
  • Like hepatitis C, hepatitis B is a chronic disease that infects the liver causing swelling and inflation eventually leading to liver failure.
  • As the drugs work by suppressing the immune system, patients’ bodies become less adept at fighting hepatitis B infections.
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