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FDA Approves New Indication for Promacta (eltrombopag)

Posted 20 Nov 2012 by

LONDON, Nov. 19, 2012 – GlaxoSmithKline plc announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Promacta for the treatment of thrombocytopenia (low blood platelet counts) in patients with chronic hepatitis C to allow them to initiate and maintain interferon-based therapy.  Promacta is the first supportive care treatment available to patients who are ineligible or poor candidates for interferon-based therapy due to their low blood platelet counts.  Promacta in combination with interferon-based therapy has been shown to improve a patient's chance of achieving a sustained virologic response (SVR) or viral cure. There are limitations to the use of Promacta in patients suffering from chronic hepatitis C-associated thrombocytopenia.  These include: Promacta should not be used in an attempt to normalize platelet counts; Promacta should be used only in patients with ch ... Read more

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