The black box warning for a class of immunosuppressant drugs known as Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha (TNFa) blockers is being updated to include the risk of potentially deadly infections from two bacterial pathogens, Legionella and Listeria. TNFa blockers are biologic products that include Remicade (infliximab), Enbrel (etanercept), Humira (adalimumab), Cimzia (certolizumab pegol), and Simponi (golmumab). TNFa blockers are drugs used to treat Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, plaque psoriasis, and/or juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Since TNFs blockers are immunosuprresants, patients who take these drugs are at increased risk of serious, including fatal, infections. These infections can involve ... Read More
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