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Arthritis Drugs Increase Cancer Risk in Children

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The list of warnings associated with the class of medications commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other ailments continue to increase. Today the FDA announced that the labels for the popular arthritis drugs Remicade, Humira, Cimzia, Simponi, and Embrel will now carry a boxed warning to highlight an increased risk of cancer in children and adolescents that take these medications.

In addition, the FDA is working with manufacturers to explore new ways to further define the risk of cancer in children and adolescents who use these drugs.

The action the FDA took today is based on the completion of data that was first announced by the administration last June. Analysis of the data showed an increased risk of cancer in children and adolescents after about 30 months of treatment. Roughly half of the cancers were lymphomas and some reported cases of cancer were fatal.

More information is availible at the FDA website.

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  1. Cortaflex says:
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    I suffer terribly with arthritis in my hands but as soon as I stopped eating red meat it made a huge difference. I still eat fish and I can’t resist bacon (who can!) but I’m sure it is because I’m no longer eating the fats in the meat that has helped me.