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    Pharma makers pull MS drug from worldwide market


    In a rare move, pharmaceutical manufacturers voluntarily recalled their drug to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) after reports of serious brain inflammation in patients.

    AbbVie and Biogen voluntarily recalled daclizumab (Zinbryta) worldwide for relapsing MS because “the companies believe that characterizing the complex and evolving benefit/risk profile of Zinbryta will not be possible going forward, given the limited number of patients being treated,” the two companies said in a statement.

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    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) called for an urgent review of the drug after 7 patients in Germany and 1 patient in Spain experienced encephalitis and/or meningoencephalitis (brain inflammation).

    More than 8,000 patients around the world have received Zinbryta, according to the EMA. It is sold in the European Union, the US, Switzerland, Canada, and Australia.

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    “Biogen believes the voluntary worldwide withdrawal of Zinbryta….is in the best interest of patients,” said Alfred Sandrock, MD, PhD, executive vice president and chief medical officer at Biogen, in the statement. “Biogen and AbbVie continue to prioritize patient safety and the care of multiple sclerosis patients worldwide.”

    Patients who are currently being treated with Zinbryta should contact their healthcare provider if they have any questions or concerns, the two companies said.

    While daclizumab was approved by FDA in 2016 to treat MS, the agency warned that the drug could cause "serious or life-threatening liver damage" and "serious immune system disorders,” CNN reported.

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      I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 95 but had my first symptoms in 87. I tried Betaseron for about 6 years or so. In 2012 I went to a care facility, life was too difficult at home for my husband and family. I have tried several types of medications. I thought you just have to let it run its course; both my legs were spasming mostly at night which makes sleeping difficult.My multiple sclerosis got significantly worse and unbearable because of my cognitive thinking.. I lost touch with reality. Last year I started on the Multiple Sclerosis natural herbal formula we ordered from GREEN HOUSE HERBAL CLINIC, We spoke to few people who used the treatment here in Canada and they all gave a positive response, my symptoms totally declined over a 7 weeks use of the Green House multiple Sclerosis disease natural herbal formula. I am now almost 73 and doing very well, the disease is totally reversed! (Visit their website www . Greenhouseherbalclinic . com) I am thankful to nature, herbs are truly gift from God. I will keep sharing more awareness, Share with friends!!