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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Health Canada Issues Medicine Cancer Risk ALERT! -REVLIMID®

Health Canada Issued the Following Cancer Risk Warning concerning REVLIMID® aka lenalidomide capsules. REVLIMID® is used to treat some patients who require blood transfusions for anemia, as well as people with multiple myeloma - a cancer of plasma cells.

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Subject: Association of REVLIMID® (lenalidomide) with risk of second cancers

Celgene Inc., in consultation with Health Canada, has informed Canadian healthcare providers of important information related to the safety of REVLIMID® (lenalidomide) capsules.

Health Canada has authorized REVLIMID® for the treatment of patients with a condition called deletion 5q myelodysplastic syndrome (del 5q MDS) who require blood transfusions for anemia (low red blood cell counts). REVLIMID® is also authorized when used with dexamethasone to treat patients with multiple myeloma who have already had another treatment. Multiple myeloma is a cancer of plasma cells.

Celgene Inc. has worked with Health Canada to update the REVLIMID® Product Monograph with the following safety information:

• Second cancers such as skin cancers or other invasive solid tumors have been reported in a small number of patients with multiple myeloma.
• These cases have been reported in patients while taking REVLIMID® or after treatment with REVLIMID® is completed.
• Patients should talk to their healthcare professionals if they have any concerns about their own increased risk of having other cancers.

Read full details on the Health Canada website at: Health Canada Medical Advisories

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