The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
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In Brief: Elidel and Protopic
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Med Lett Drugs Ther. 2005 Mar 28;47(1205):25
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 Select a term to see related articles  Eczema   Elidel   Pimecrolimus   Protopic   Skin disorders   Tacrolimus 

The FDA issued a public health advisory on March 10, 2005 warning about a risk of cancer with topical formulations of tacrolimus (Protopic) and pimecrolimus (Elidel) used to treat eczema in adults and children more than 2 years old. Elidel has been heavily promoted to the general public on television. The warning was based on reports of dose-related cancer in animals and 29 reports of cancer (including 8 skin malignancies and 12 lymphomas) in adults and children treated with these immunosuppressive drugs. Cause and effect have not been established. When Protopic was first marketed, The Medical Letter warned that the possibility of an increased risk of skin malignancies and lymphoma should be kept in mind (Med Lett Drugs Ther 2001; 43:33).

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