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FDA Probes Roche, Novartis Drugs' Link To Disorder

Law360 (April 11, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating whether two drugs used to prevent organ rejection in transplant patients could lead to a rare and deadly nervous system disorder, the agency said Thursday.

The FDA is reviewing data from Roche Holding AG about instances of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, or PML, in patients who have taken the company's transplant drug CellCept. The FDA has requested similar information on Novartis AG's drug Myfortic.

PML, caused by a virus that damages the nervous system, usually develops in patients who...
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