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Arava physical function claim, liver toxicity warning

This article was originally published in Pharmaceutical Approvals Monthly

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FDA approves Aventis' rheumatoid arthritis agent Arava (leflunomide) for improvement of physical function in RA patients. The June 13 approval also updates labeling to include a bolded warning on severe liver injury and more explicit monitoring instructions. The update is in contrast to the March 5 Arthritis Drugs Advisory Committee's recommendation that the agent's previous liver toxicity warning was sufficient. The committee voted 11-0 (two abstentions) for approval of the physical function claim (1Pharmaceutical Approvals Monthly March 1, 2003, In Brief)...
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