Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Pfizer sends new warnings to doctors in the UK but not in the US

Pharmalot is reporting that last week, Pfizer sent doctors in the UK a letter warning them of the risk of osteonecrosis, or jaw bone damage, in cancer patients who are being treated with its Sutent medication However, the letter was not distributed to doctors in the US. Pharmalot asked Pfizer why and received what it calls a "non-committal reply." Read Pharmalot's story here. As Pharmalot concludes, the bottom line is that "doctors and patients in the US . . . are not being alerted to the same possible side effects as those in the UK. Perhaps the FDA may want to take a closer look, since Pfizer appears unwilling to treat all patients equally."

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