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FDA Medwatch Alert: Octagam [Immune Globulin Intravenous (human)] 10 Percent Liquid Preparation]: Voluntary Market Withdrawal

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Octapharma USA Inc. is initiating a voluntary market withdrawal of Octagam 10% [Immune Globulin Intravenous (human)] 10% Liquid Preparation] that is labeled with lot numbers K724B8541 & K725A8541. Although there have been no reports of serious injury at this time, Octapharma has determined, through consultation with the public health authorities at FDA, the most prudent course of action is ...

'Immunotherapy' in Monkeys Shows Promise as Long-Term HIV Treatment

Posted 13 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 – Lab experiments with monkeys suggest that "immunotherapy" holds promise as a long-term treatment for HIV, researchers say. Treatment with two anti-HIV antibodies right after infection might help keep the AIDS-causing virus in check for a prolonged period, according to the new study. Despite an arsenal of HIV drugs, effective long-term treatment remains elusive because ...

Health Tip: Could Allergy Shots Help You?

Posted 21 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If you have allergies, regular shots (immunotherapy) are designed to make you less sensitive to allergens over time. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says you may be a candidate for allergy shots if: Your symptoms are moderate-to-severe and your allergy season lasts a few months or more. You want to avoid long-term use of allergy medications. You can commit the time ...

Densensitization Procedure Helps Hard-to-Match Kidney Recipients

Posted 27 Jul 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 27 – A combination therapy that "desensitizes" kidney transplant recipients could help hard-to-match patients find a needed kidney faster. The desensitization procedure combines the use of plasmapheresis – a machine that filters the blood plasma to remove antibodies – and low-doses of a medication called intravenous immune globulin (IVIG). The combination of these therapies ...

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