Biogen, Elan Report Brain Infection in Tysabri Users (Update3)
By Tom Randall
July 31 (Bloomberg) -- Biogen Idec Inc. and Elan Corp. reported two confirmed cases of a deadly brain infection in patients taking the multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri, the first since the drug was reintroduced in the U.S. in 2006.
The report sent shares of both companies tumbling. The two patients were in the European Union, Biogen said today in a regulatory filing. The cases of the disease, progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, were confirmed this week, according to the company's statement.