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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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