EMA (PRAC) Recommends new testing procedure before treatment with fluorouracil, capecitabine, tegafur and flucytosine

European Medicines Agency’s (EMA’s) Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) recommended a test for identification of the “lack or inadequate presence of an enzyme, dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD)” in the body before receiving treatment with fluorouracil (by injection or infusion) and the its prodrugs which included capecitabine and tegafur (these drugs are converted to fluorouracil in the body)

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