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Published on Nov 18, 2011 by Edgar Snyder

Avastin No Longer Approved to Treat Breast Cancer

injection of Avastin drug

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it is revoking Avastin's approval as a breast cancer treatment because the drug is not safe and effective.

Avastin is still approved to treat other types of cancer, including lung, kidney, colon, and brain. It also has an off-label use as a treatment for macular degeneration. According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Avastin increases the risk of developing blood clots, among many other serious side effects, including: heart attack, stroke, massive bleeding, severe high blood pressure, kidney damage, and infertility. Avastin's benefits do not outweigh these risks when treating breast cancer, said the FDA.

Please visit the firm's Avastin page for more information on this potentially dangerous drug.

"FDA Revokes Avastin Approval for Breast Cancer." The Wall Street Journal. November 18, 2011.
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