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Alefacept Label Changed With Updated Warning

November 10, 2005 -- ROCKVILLE, MD -- Biogen Idec and FDA notified healthcare professionals of revisions to CONTRAINDICATIONS section of the prescribing information for Amevive, indicated for the treatment of adult patients with moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy. Amevive should not be administered to patients infected with HIV. Amevive reduces CD4+ T lymphocyte counts, which might accelerate disease progression or increase complications of disease in these patients. In addition, other sections of the product labeling were revised to reflect additional safety information.

To read the 'Dear Health Care Professional' letter, click here.

Source: The Food and Drug Administration

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