FDA: If You Use The Foot Ulcer Cream Regranex, You May Die From Cancer

Bad news from the FDA: people who treat their foot and leg ulcers with the cream Regranex are five-times more likely to die from cancer.

According to the AP, the agency will slap its ‘most serious warning label’ on all Regranex boxes.

The findings come from a long-term analysis of records from health care providers comparing 1,600 patients who took Regranex with 2,800 patients who did not, according to the FDA.

The new label, which is outlined in a black box, advises doctors to use caution when prescribing the drug to patients with malignancies.

Regranex is a man-made version of a substance produced by the human body that helps heal ulcers. Because the drug causes cells to divide more rapidly, the FDA said Johnson & Johnson closely monitored patients for reports of cancer, which spreads through uncontrolled cell division.

The warning is targeted at people who use three or more tubes of Regranex per month, so slather sparingly!

FDA adds cancer warnings to J&J foot ulcer cream [AP]

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  1. plasticredtophat says:

    hmmm foot ulcers or cancer?? Ill go with the ulcers, because that is probaly more curable

  2. rasbill says:

    plasticredtophat yeah but the cure gives you cancer did u read this

  3. PyRo_DuDe says:

    It’s interesting that they’re not recalling something that’s so likely to cause cancer. Typically they jump at the chance to recall anything that can cause irreversible bodily harm and/or death. I would think cancer would be covered under that, but maybe it’s just me…

  4. homerjay says:

    But it comes with a free Frogurt!

  5. plasticredtophat says:

    Yah, but is that the only cure? I am sure there are other medications.

  6. theblackdog says:

    @homerjay: The frogurt is also cursed

  7. Here_we_go says:

    @plasticredtophat:
    You could always just cut the foot off. I would rather only have one foot than die.

  8. dondiego87 says:

    @theblackdog: But you get your choice of topping!

  9. Karunamon says:

    FTA:
    “The new label, which is outlined in a black box, advises doctors to use caution when prescribing the drug to patients with malignancies.”

    “Regranex is a man-made version of a substance produced by the human body that helps heal ulcers. Because the drug causes cells to divide more rapidly..”

    Drug that causes cells to divide more quickly may do its job too well if not perscribed properly. Film at 11.

  10. Amelie says:

    “Gee, I have no idea why this drug is important, nor the inclination to find out why, so I will just make stupid comments or retarded jokes.”

  11. Smitherd says:

    Who wants to bet that they’re “taking this seriously?”

  12. gareki.ga.haikyo.ni says:

    @Amelie: Good advice!

    Increases the rate at which cells divide, does it? I wonder whether I could increase my penis size with it…

  13. MissPeacock says:

    @theblackdog: That’s bad.

  14. Parting says:

    @gareki.ga.haikyo.ni: Try, and give us your results ;)

  15. Parting says:

    Another things that raises our chances to cancer. * Looking with paranoia on my Coke Zero with aspartame. *

  16. Parting says:

    @PyRo_DuDe: Maybe there’s no viable alternative to this medication. Every med is a calculated risk.

  17. Lambasted says:

    @Amelie: MySpace must be down and they’ve nowhere else to go for attention.

    This reminds me of the blindness warnings for impotence drugs like Cialis and Viagra received a couple of years ago. I remember watching the news reports wondering why men would risk going blind to get their rocks off. Then I decided that a man would welcome the risk, whether great or small, of losing his eyesight if it meant being able to get sexual relief in the interim.

    As with this foot cream, the benefits of a using a drug may far outweigh any potential harmful side effects, even if the side effect is blindness or caner. Many people need relief to their suffering now and will gladly accept the risks.

    As long as people are adequately warned I say let the decision be theirs if they want to use a risky drug. I am glad the FDA is not pulling the product.

  18. tqbf says:

    It doesn’t *cause* cancer. It aggravates it.

  19. rmz says:

    @tqbf: Just what I was about to say.

    From the warning, it doesn’t seem to GIVE you cancer, it just increases your risk of dying from a cancer that you ALREADY HAVE (hence “malignancies”).

  20. Pennsylvanian123 says:

    Foot and leg ulcers? Never heard of that. Sounds awful.

  21. mrearly2 says:

    When are people gonna learn? The harmful chemicals sold as drugs intended to treat ailments or conditions are poisonous. You can’t expect good health, from those.

    And the only reason the FDA even bothers to mention (occasionally) that such-and-such is harmful, is to protect the drug companies selling poison. You know, reducing their liability…