Our organizations urge Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) not to finalize the proposal to remove immunosuppressive drugs
from the list of six protected classes," the Round Table said in a letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner,
Carefully supervised studies will be necessary to answer this question as well as to determine whether attempting to completely withdraw all immunosuppressive drugs
will prove advantageous in the long term," he added.
It is conceivable that SLE patients have an intrinsic [immunologic] defect that results in decreased responsiveness to vaccination," the authors wrote, adding that the use of immunosuppressive drugs
may further decrease the vaccination response in these patients.
In this study at our Renal and Transplant Unit, 15 kidney transplant patients were diagnosed with Kaposi's Sarcoma whilst receiving the immunosuppressive drugs
cyclosporine and mycophenolate mofetil (MMF).
A second question is whether people who receive transplants must stay on immunosuppressive drugs
for the rest of their lives.
On behalf of the American Society of Transplantation (AST), representing the majority of professionals engaged in the field of organ transplantation, I strongly applaud Congressmen Burgess (R-TX) and Kind (D-WI) for their leadership in introducing the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug
Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act of 2011," said Dr.
Participants in Kidney Community Advocacy Day represent health professionals and kidney patients and will meet with elected officials and their staff to discuss issues that will improve the treatment and quality of life for millions of Americans: increasing federal investment in kidney research, and extending lifetime immunosuppressive drug
coverage for kidney transplant recipients.
One group of animals was treated after the transplant with a combination of MAPCs and a low-dose of an immunosuppressive drugs
Therefore, these drugs may cause fewer immunocompromising side effects than most currently available immunosuppressive drugs
, and they would represent a disease mechanism-based intervention, which is expected to interrupt the initial event that initiates the disease instead of treating its symptoms.
Werner, women taking immunosuppressive drugs
(such as prednisone or beta interferons) should get a Pap test every 6 months since abnormal results may be more common.
For now, ophthalmologists give Mooren's ulcer patients immunosuppressive drugs
to keep the immune system at bay, but those drugs often have serious side effects, such as liver damage.
The journal issue also includes two reports from other research groups, describing their efforts to achieve organ transplantation without long-term immunosuppressive drugs
WASHINGTON, March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kidney Care Partners (KCP) voiced strong support for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner's announcement that CMS would not finalize proposals to lift the protected class definition on three drug classes, including life-sustaining immunosuppressive drugs
, that transplant patients must take to help prevent their bodies from rejecting the transplanted organ.
The seemingly annual ritual of introducing bipartisan legislation which, if finally passed, would end the 36month cutoff of coverage for immunosuppressive drugs
for kidney transplant recipients has occured.
One of our strategic priorities is to build a robust pipeline of complimentary immunosuppressive drugs
with blockbuster potential.