AbbVie and Biogen Recalls Zinbryta Due to Encephalitis and Meningoencephalitis Leading to Brain Damage and Deaths
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended banning the use of Zinbryta pending an investigation into why twelve people who took the medication developed severe brain inflammation. Three of the twelve people died from the severe swelling. Zinbryta is a drug prescribed to people who have multiple sclerosis. It is a potent drug that lists several potential side effects. However, additional side effects that involve brain swelling developed without warning. The EMA took immediate action.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to officially recall the multiple sclerosis drug. However, it was announced on March 14, 2018, that the FDA has stepped in to manage the withdrawal of Daclizumab (Zinbryta).
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Zinbryta Must Be Pulled From Marketplace
The EMA released the information on March 7, 2018, regarding the link between Zinbryta and deadly brain inflammation. Doctors diagnosed the brain inflammation in the patients with encephalitis and meningoencephalitis. The initial report suggests that the brain swelling may be attributed to an immune response by the body to the medication. This investigation will open the door to the further scrutinization by the EMA as to whether Zinbryta caused violent immune reactions in other organs in addition to the brain as in these twelve cases.
The EMA quickly responded to the crisis. The EMA strongly recommended that the European Commission suspend AbbVie and Biogen’s rights to market the drug and issue an immediate recall. AbbVie and Biogen reportedly recalled the drug voluntarily.
Most of the cases reported to the EMA occurred in Germany, but at least one happened in Spain. None of the cases of brain inflammation occurred in the United States. The FDA inaction to this point might be attributable to the absence of brain inflammation reactions in the U.S. The FDA approved Zinbryta for use in the U.S. in 2016.
AbbVie and Biogen distributed Zinbryta worldwide. Approximately 8,000 people used the medicine. The patient self-administers an injection of the drug. AbbVie and Biogen produced the drug for a limited population of people with multiple sclerosis. The drug is appropriate for people who have relapsing multiple sclerosis and have tried at least two other medications to ease the symptoms of multiple sclerosis without success.
Recommendations if You or a Loved One Takes Zinbryta
The EMA recommends that Zinbryta recipients take immediate action if they experience adverse effects of Zinbryta. The EMA suggests that patients:
- Talk to your physician about continued use of Zinbryta.
- Stop using Zinbryta.
- Seek medical help immediately if you experience signs of brain inflammation “such as persistent high temperature, severe headache, nausea (feeling sick), tiredness, yellowing of the skin or eyes and vomiting.”
- Have your blood examined at 6-month intervals to rule out potential side effects.
Parker Waichman LLP recommends that you call your prescribing physician as soon as possible.
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