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Mirapex Potentially Linked to Heart Failure Risks, FDA Warns

Filed October 25th, 2012 Laurie

Healthcare professionals are being made aware of a potentially serious health risk associated with the drug, Mirapex, a prescription medication used to treat the signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and moderate to severe restless leg syndrome, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) said.

Recent studies suggest that people who take Mirapex may be at increased risks for suffering from heart failure. The agency is working with the drug’s manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., to clarify the risk.

The FDA’s clinical trials revealed that people using Mirapex were more likely to have heart failure than those not taking it, but said the results were not statistically significant. The agency’s study of Mirapex’s links to new-onset heart failure was inconclusive; however, the agency is advising healthcare professionals to continue following the recommendations on the drug’s label when prescribing it and to report any adverse events to them immediately.

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