Sepsis Drug Xigris taken off the market

Sepsis drug Xigris pulled from the market after drug failed to show benefits.

In an announcement this past week, Eli Lilly and Company said the company was voluntarily withdrawing the sepsis drug Xigris from the market after disappointing study results.

Xigris was approved by the FDA in 2001. The drug was primarily used for the treatment of sepsis.

According to a prepared statement, Timothy Garnett, chief medical official at Eli Lilly said:

"While there were no new safety findings, the study failed to demonstrate that Xigris improved patient survival and thus calls into question the benefit-risk profile of Xigris and its continued use," Timothy Garnett, Lilly's chief medical officer, said in a prepared statement. "Patients currently receiving treatment with Xigris should have treatment discontinued, and Xigris treatment should not be initiated for new patients."

In a prepared statement on the European Medicines Agency website, the site stated:

"These results call into question the overall benefit-risk balance of Xigris for the indicated patient population (severe sepsis). Eli Lilly has thus decided to withdraw the product from the market worldwide."

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To learn more about Xigris, visit the official website here.

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