Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Deaths Related To Arthritis Drugs

The FDA has received 240 reports of patients taking TNF blockers (Cimzia, Enbrel, Humira, and Remicade) who developed histoplasmosis, a fungal infection that starts as a respiratory infection and can spread throughout the body.

Of those 240 patients, 45 patients died, including at least 12 who hadn't been diagnosed with histoplasmosis right away. The FDA wants patients and doctors to watch for signs and symptoms of histoplasmosis, including persistent fever, cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Read the entire article.

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