FDA alert on Gilenya safety

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert after a European patient developed PML.

It is the first reported case and followed administration to a patient who had not previously received natalizumab (Tysabri, Biogen Idec).

Natalizumab has been associated with a higher risk of PML, a rare and serious brain infection caused by the John Cunningham virus.

Fingolimod is indicated for relapsing forms of MS and has been used by around 71,000 patients worldwide.

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