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Anemia Drug Recalled After Reports Of Severe Allergic Reaction And Death

What Happened:

According to the New York Times, the manufacturers of a new drug designed to treat anemia in patients going through dialysis have recalled all of their products after reports of fatal allergic reactions.

Affymax and Takeda Pharmaceuticals jointly market the drug, Omontys, in the United States. The two announced the major recall over the weekend and a notice was also posted online by the FDA to alert patients of the danger. The FDA has said it received at least 19 reports of anaphylaxis related to the drug. The severe allergic reactions were also found to be linked to three deaths from the drug. Even those incidents that were not fatal were still serious and required immediate medical intervention and hospitalization.

The companies announced that the reactions occurred within a half hour of patients receiving their first dost of the drug and that no additional problems have been reported in future doses. Despite this bit of information, the FDA has still recommended that all patients discontinue use of Omontys immediately, even those who have already had their first dose. More than 25,000 people across the country have been given the drug and regulators say they are carefully watching for other indications of trouble.

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