MS Drug Pulled from Market Worldwide

MS Drug Pulled from Market Worldwide

A multiple sclerosis (MS) drug is being pulled from the market worldwide after reports of brain inflammation and severe liver damage. Due to safety concerns, Biogen and AbbVie announced that they will be voluntarily withdrawing the drug Zinbryta (daclizumab), an biologic administered once a month to treat relapsing MS. This announcement follows a European Medicines Agency statement indicating that daclizumab would be urgently reviewed because 8 cases of serious inflammatory brain disorders were identified.

When the drug was approved in 2016, the FDA advised that daclizumab should only be used in patients who have failed to respond to 2 or more MS drugs because the treatment may be associated with serious safety risks, including liver damage, immune conditions and life-threatening events.

In a recent statement, Biogen and AbbVie said, “Given the nature and complexity of adverse events being reported, characterizing the evolving benefit/risk profile of Zinbryta will not be possible going forward given the limited number of patients being treated.”


Alanna McCatty

Alanna McCatty

Alanna McCatty is founder and CEO of McCatty Scholars, an organization that devises and implements financial literacy programs for students to combat the nationwide issue of the loss of educational opportunity due to the ramifications of burdensome student debt. At MedShadow, she reports on new findings and research on the side effects of prescription drugs. She is a graduate of Pace University.


Did you find this article helpful?


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Latest News

New Hospital Ranking System Measures Unnecessary Treatments

New Hospital Ranking System Measures Unnecessary Treatments

We like to rate everything — pizza, movies, even apps like Tinder and Bumble let us choose dates based on other’s looks. So it tracks that eventually, people would put their heads together and come up with a rating system for something that matters like hospitals.  That’s what the folks at…

More Drugs Linked to Heart Failure

More Drugs Linked to Heart Failure

Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a disease of the lungs that can cause heart failure and death, and it’s being linked to an increasing number of common and oft-prescribed drugs. The journal Prescrire, reports that, as of 2020, amphetamines, immunosuppressants, certain cancer medications, and a handful of other select medications have been…

  • Advertisement