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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Sunday, May 28, 2006
SECOND RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS DRUGS CONNECTED TO CANCER
RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS PATIENTS taking Humira or Remicade face triple the risk of developing several kinds of cancer and double getting the risk of getting serious infections, a study led by the Mayo Clinic found.

The analysis builds on previous reports about the risks associated with North Chicago-Ill. based Abbott Laboratories' Humira and Centocor's Remicade. But the earlier research focused mostly on one kind of cancer -- lymphoma -- and infections such as tuberculosis and pneumonia.

The study, reported Wednesday, found an apparent link to other cancers, too, including skin, gastrointerstinal, breast and lung tumors. It also says high doses appear to be the riskiest.

While the drugs' packaging information mentions some of the risks, the manufacturers said the new study does not prove the medication is at fault, and they said the research was flawed.

Study c0-author Dr. Eric Matteson, a Mayo Clinic rheumatologist, stressed the overall chances of developing cancer while using these drugs is still small.

(Source:CHICSUNTIMES/Associated Press)
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