New Drug for Mouth Sores

Leukemia and lymphoma patients who need a bone marrow transplant now have a drug to help them cope with one of the treatment's most common side effects: mouth sores (called oral mucositis). Most patients develop these mouth sores, which are often painful enough to need treatment with intravenous narcotics.

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved palifermin (sold as Kepivance), after a study showed it cut the severity of mouth sores and helped them heal faster. The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (Vol. 351, No. 25: 2590-2598).

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