Monday, February 28, 2005

They Can't Take That Away From Me 

I received some extremely disappointing news today. Tysabri has been suspended, hopefully only temporarily. Here is some of the media release;

BIOGEN IDEC AND ELAN ANNOUNCE VOLUNTARY SUSPENSION OF TYSABRI® Cambridge, MA and Dublin, Ireland (February 28, 2005) -- Biogen Idec (NASDAQ: BIIB) and Elan Corporation, plc (NYSE: ELN) announced today a voluntary suspension in the marketing of TYSABRI® (natalizumab), a treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS). The companies are suspending supply of TYSABRI from commercial distribution and physicians should suspend dosing of TYSABRI until further notification. In addition, the companies have suspended dosing in all clinical trials.

This decision is based on very recent reports of two serious adverse events that have occurred in patients treated with TYSABRI in combination with AVONEX® (Interferon beta-1a) in clinical trials. These events involve one fatal, confirmed case and one suspected case of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a rare and frequently fatal, demyelinating disease of the central nervous system. Both patients received more than two years of TYSABRI therapy in combination with AVONEX.

I feel so disheartened : (

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