Avastin- Serious Eye Infections in Miami
The FDA issued an alert to health care professionals concerning the cancer drug Avastin. The drug has caused a cluster of serious eye infections in the Miami, Florida area. The problem was traced to a single pharmacy that repackaged the vials to have the appropriate dosage for intravitreal injections. Product sterility can be comprised during this process. More than a dozen people in Florida and Tennessee have developed severe eye infections after receiving the off-label treatment for macular degeneration. Five patients were reported to have suffered blindness after being injected with the drug at the Los Angeles Veterans affairs medical center. "Avastin is not manufactured or approved and to date has not been proven safe for use in the eye,"said a Genentech spokeswoman.
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