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Multiple sclerosis drug linked to many more cases of leukemia

Posted Nov 17 2009 10:20pm
Risk of Leukemia with Multiple Sclerosis Drug Higher Than Thought

reported April 30, 2009

This morning at the American Academy of Neurology’s conference in Seattle, a report was released reporting that there is a significantly increased risk of leukemia from the drug mitoxantrone (Novantrone) in patients with progressive forms of multiple sclerosis (MS).

Novantrone has always had significant health risks. When patients receive a dosage increase they must undergo regular cardiac monitoring due to the risk of cardiotoxicity and the threat of permanent heart damage.

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