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What is thalidomide being used for today?

What is thalidomide being used for today?

 

United States 

Since July 16, 1998, thalidomide (THALOMID®) is licensed for use in the United States in treating complications related to leprosy. Since October 26, 2006, it is also authorized in cases of Multiple Myeloma. To consult the FDA's (Food ans Drug Administration) complete fact sheet about thalidomide, click here. Its distribution is exclusively controlled by the S.T.E.P.S. Program.


Canada 

Since August 4, 2010, Canada authorizes the use of thalidomide (THALOMID®) in the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma who are 65 years of age or older. To consult Health Canada's complete fact sheet about thalidomide, click here. Thalidomide is only available through a controlled distribution program called RevAid®.

Under the practice of medicine a physician can prescribe this drug for a condition other than multiple myeloma.

TVAC reiterates the need for extreme vigilance in the distribution and use of thalidomide.

 

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