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sirolimus FDA Alerts

The FDA Alert(s) below may be specifically about sirolimus or relate to a group or class of drugs which include sirolimus.

MedWatch Safety Alerts are distributed by the FDA and published by Drugs.com. Following is a list of possible medication recalls, market withdrawals, alerts and warnings. For the latest FDA MedWatch alerts, go here.

Recent FDA Alert(s) for sirolimus

Immunosuppressant Drugs: Required Labeling Changes

Jul 14, 2009

Audience: Transplant and nephrology healthcare professionals

Sirolimus (marketed as Rapamune), Cyclosporine (marketed as Sandimmune and generics), Cyclosporine modified (marketed as Neoral and generics), Mycophenolate mofetil (marketed as Cellcept and generics), Mycophenolic acid (marketed as Myfortic)

 

The FDA is requiring the makers of certain immunosuppressant drugs to update their labeling to reflect that immunosuppressed patients are at increased risk for opportunistic infections, such as activation of latent viral infections, including BK virus-associated nephropathy. These immunosuppressant drugs are used to protect against the rejection of certain organ transplants. The association of BK virus-associated nephropathy has previously been reported for another immunosuppressant drug, tacrolimus (marketed as Prograf). Monitoring for this serious risk and early intervention by the health care provider is critical. Adjustments in immunosuppression therapy should be considered for patients who develop BK virus-associated nephropathy.

FDA is continuing to review the safety of immunosuppressant drug products used in renal transplantation. The FDA urges both healthcare professionals and patients to report side effects from the use of immunosuppressant drug products to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program.

[07/14/2009 - Information for Healthcare Professionals - FDA]

    

Sirolimus (marketed as Rapamune)

Jun 11, 2009

Audience: Transplantation healthcare professionals

FDA notified healthcare professionals of clinical trial data that suggest increased mortality in stable liver transplant patients after conversion from a calcineurin inhibitor (CNI)-based immunosuppressive regimen to sirolimus (Rapamune). The trial was conducted by sirolimus manufacturer, Wyeth. The Agency will continue to examine the data on mortality and other adverse events in this study, and will make further recommendations, as appropriate. The FDA is determining whether a labeling change for sirolimus is needed. In the interim, physicians should continue to use the drug’s professional labeling as a guide to therapy. See the FDA Healthcare Professional Information sheet for current FDA recommendations.

[06/11/2009 - Healthcare Professional Information Sheet - FDA]

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