The HIV drug Intelence, produced by Johnson & Johnson, has potentially deadly side effects including severe skin reactions and liver damage, according to the Associated Press.
The skin reactions include cases of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a life-threatening skin disorder which starts with fever, sore throat and fatigue. It’s extremely debilitating and causes the skin to burn from the inside out producing blisters and causing skin to fall from the body, according to Medscape.com. When the skin lesions affect over 30 percent of your body, the condition is called Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis.
Intelence is a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) and part of the etravirine family of medications. Its primary function is to block the enzyme HIV needs to multiply. NNRTI medications commonly produce side effects including skin rash, but not the severe Stevens-Johnson syndrome, according to WebMD.
As an injury lawyer who’s represented clients hurt by medications, these types of side effects are extremely distressing and the FDA needs to examine Intelence, and HIV medications like it, to ensure they don’t produce other life-threatening side effects.
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