Officials Warn Of Deaths Linked To Bayer Drug

Law360, New York (November 24, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Canadian health officials have issued a warning about Bayer HealthCare's MabCampath after reports of infection-related deaths linked to the immune system-suppressing leukemia medication.

Health Canada said researchers conducting clinical trials of MabCampath in the U.S. reported that six out of 51 patients died after being treated with the drug after a combination therapy of two other anti-leukemia drugs — fludarabine and rituximab.

All six deceased patients died of infections that were either bacterial, fungal or viral in nature, the agency said.

MabCampath, which is jointly marketed...
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