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Posted 28 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 – A newer drug used for preventing organ rejection might improve the long-term outlook for kidney transplant recipients, a new study finds. Over seven years, patients given the drug belatacept (brand name: Nulojix) were 43 percent less likely to die or see their donor kidney fail compared to patients given an older drug called cyclosporine. Experts said the findings should encourage more doctors and patients to choose belatacept over standard anti-rejection medications. "This is a potentially transformational drug," said study lead researcher Dr. Flavio Vincenti, a transplant specialist at the University of California, San Francisco. The study – funded by the drug's maker, Bristol-Myers Squibb – was published in the Jan. 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Belatacept was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2011 for ... Read more
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Posted 12 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com
THURSDAY, Nov. 12, 2015 – Kidney failure and having a kidney transplant may increase the risk for certain types of cancer, a new study suggests. Poor kidney function and immune system-suppressing drugs may be behind this increased risk, according to Elizabeth Yanik, of the U.S. National Cancer Institute, and colleagues. For the study, published in the Nov. 12 online edition of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, the researchers looked at data from more than 200,000 U.S. kidney transplant candidates and recipients. Along with finding that these patients are at increased risk for certain types of cancer, the investigators also identified clear patterns of risk associated with different types of treatment. However, the associations seen in the study do not prove cause-and-effect. The risk of kidney and thyroid cancers was especially high when kidney failure patients were on ... Read more
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