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Clozaril (clozapine) - Jan 13, 2006

Audience: Neuropsychiatric healthcare professionals and patients

[Posted 01/13/2006] Novartis and FDA notified healthcare professionals of revisions to the BOXED WARNING, WARNINGS, CONTRAINDICATIONS, PRECAUTIONS (Information for Patients and Pharmacokinetic-Related Interactions subsections), and ADVERSE REACTIONS (Postmarketing Clinical Experience subsection) sections of the prescribing information for Clozaril (clozapine) tablets. Recommendations from the FDA's Psychopharmacological Drugs Advisory Committee regarding the white blood cell monitoring schedule, required for all clozapine users, has resulted in modification in the monitoring schedule. Additional labeling changes address safety issues related to dementia-related psychosis, parlytic ileus, hypercholesterolemia and pharmacokinetic interaction with citalopram.

[December, 2005 - Letter with attachments - Novartis]