Raptiva Recalled, Linked to PML
A voluntary recall of Raptiva (efalizumab) from the U.S. Market has been initiated by the drug’s manufacturer, Genetech Inc. Raptiva is used as a once-weekly injection for adults eighteen years old and over suffering from chronic plaque psoriasis; a disease with no known cure that affects 2.3 million Americans.
A report has stated that Genetech has recalled Raptiva due to a potential risk of patients developing progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), which is a rare and typically fatal disease caused by a virus that affects the central nervous system.
"The risk that an individual patient taking Raptiva will develop PML is rare and is generally associated with long-term use," the FDA said. "Generally, PML occurs in people whose immune systems have been severely weakened and often leads to an irreversible decline in neurologic function and death. There is no known effective treatment for PML."
FDA officials have asked prescribers not to start new Raptiva treatment and to initiate discussion with patients currently using the medication on an appropriate alternative management plan. Abrupt discontinuation of Raptiva may worsen severe psoriasis conditions, which is why a transition period for the drug is in place with Raptiva being no longer available by June 8, 2009.
An estimated 2,000 patients in the U.S. may be receiving Raptiva for chronic plaque psoriasis. Genetech said that since FDA approval in 2003, virtually 46,000 patients worldwide have been treated with the drug.
If you or a loved one is currently taking or has taken Raptiva and suffered from PML or any other disability or side effect, you should get medical assistance immediately. It is also crucial to get in touch with an experienced Pennsylvania Raptiva Side Effects Lawyer who has the knowledge and skills to aggressively represent clients against major pharmaceutical companies.
At Cherry Fieger and Marciano, LLP, the dedicated Pennsylvania pharmaceutical drug litigation attorneys will defend your rights as a consumer and hold the pharmaceutical company responsible for your pain and suffering or the wrongful death of a loved one. Get the monetary compensation that you and your family deserve. Please call Cherry Fieger and Marciano, LLP today for a free consultation.