December 20, 2012 Hepatitis C drug may cause fatal skin reactions

Hepatitis C drug may cause fatal skin reactions

December 20, 2012
Medical News Today

The oral hepatitis C drug telaprevir (Incivek) will now come with a boxed warning regarding the potentially fatal severe skin reactions that may occur in patients.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals stated that there have been reports of fatal cases in patients with a continuous rash and systemic symptoms who kept taking INCIVEK combination treatment after recognizing a severe skin reaction.

It has been known that receiving INCIVEK combination treatment may cause a person to develop a rash and serious skin reactions, as the adverse side effects were previously listed in the warnings and precautions section of the drug label.

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The CLF has added clinical guidelines and tools to assist physicians in treating hepatitis C. To see information regarding how to treat side effects, click here.