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Rare APOE genetic variants reduce Alzheimer’s risk

13 June 2022 – Sometimes, patients genetics can be bewildering and/or unjust. Common belief with patients and the general public would be that genetic variants would be responsible for causing all kinds of adverse drug reactions (ADR’s) and be at the base of of the susceptibility for the development of very many diseases,

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Genetics behind some serious adverse drug reactions (SADRs)

December 28, 2020 – Some 95% of people have gene variants that may negatively affect their response to at least one drug, leading to unexpected or adverse drug reactions (ADRs) or, if unlucky, to a serious, if not fatal, adverse drug reaction (SADR).

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Are Asians at higher genetic risk of serious adverse events to common medications?

March 10, 2020 – A widespread assumption is, the people of Asian descent are more prone to serious, sometimes deadly adverse drug reactions, even when taking rather common medications prescribed for gout through to depression. In the ages of genetics and precision medicine, the question then comes up if Asian people could be at such heightened risk because of underlying particular genetic factors.

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Recent advances of pharmacogenomics in severe cutaneous adverse reactions: immune and nonimmune mechanisms

September 26, 2016 – Toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), also known as Lyell’s syndrome, is a rare, life-threatening skin condition that is usually caused by a reaction to drugs. The disease causes the top layer of skin (the epidermis) to detach from the lower layers of the skin (the dermis),

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Orlistat: Assessment of Adverse Events in Protocols, Clinical Study Reports, and Published Papers

August 30, 2016 – The present article which just appeared in August 2016 issue of  PLOS Medicine illustrates how the inaccurate and biased to say the least the assessment and the reporting of adverse drug reactions by pharmaceutical companies throughout study protocols, investigators brochures,

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Eltrombopag (Revolade) can cause severe hepatotoxicity and potentially fatal liver injury

August 26, 2016 – Eltrombopag is a medication that has been developed for certain conditions that lead to thrombocytopenia (abnormally low platelet counts). It is a small molecule agonist of the c-mpl (TpoR) receptor, which is the physiological target of the hormone thrombopoietin.

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Clinical phase 2 study of idelalisib and entospletinib: pneumonitis limits combination therapy in relapsed refractory CLL and NHL

Barr PM, Saylors GB, Spurgeon SE, Cheson BD, Greenwald DR, O’Brien SM, Liem AK, McIntyre RE, Joshi A, Abella-Dominicis E, Hawkins MJ, Reddy A, Di Paolo J, Lee H, He J, Hu J, Dreiling LK, Friedberg JW

Blood 2016 Mar;

PMID: 26968534

Abstract

Although agents targeting B-cell receptor signaling have provided practice-changing results in relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL),

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