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Arthri­tis Drug May Cause Liver Dam­age

Arava, the pop­u­lar drug for rheuma­toid arthri­tis has been linked to liver dam­age and at least 12 deaths. Accord­ing to a story from the March 29, 2002 Intelihealth, Arthri­tis the FDA has received at least 130 reports of severe liver tox­i­c­ity linked to Arava use. The full toll accord­ing to the arti­cle was reported as includ­ing 56 hos­pi­tal­iza­tions and 12 deaths, said Dr. Sid­ney Wolfe of the con­sumer advo­cacy group Pub­lic Cit­i­zen. Two of the deaths were peo­ple in their 20s. He also stated that this pre­scrip­tion drug for rheuma­toid arthri­tis has been linked to dozens of seri­ous liver injuries and 12 deaths and should be banned.

To date, the FDA has six times more reports of liver dam­age among Arava users than users of methotrex­ate (another pop­u­lar arthi­tis drug), even though thou­sands more peo­ple use methotrex­ate. Last sum­mer the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Rheuma­tol­ogy warned doc­tors to take spe­cial care in pre­scrib­ing Arava, by repeat­edly test­ing patients’ liv­ers for signs of harm.

It is impos­si­ble to pre­dict which patients will be at risk”, said Dr. David Yocum of Ari­zona Health Sci­ences cen­tre. “I do not believe that the gen­eral rheuma­tol­o­gist under­stands or has any knowl­edge about these seri­ous and poten­tially life-​threatening complications.”

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