Skin Warning Issued About Alcoholism Therapy

The FDA is warning doctors about severe skin reactions in alcoholism patients who use Vivitrol, an injectable treatment made and marketed by Cephalon Inc. Doctors and patients should watch for swelling, infection, and other complications where the drug is injected. The FDA emphasized that the proper needle must be used when administering Vivitrol. Also, the drug should be injected into muscle, not fatty tissue.

More than 200 reports of skin problems have been reported among patients. A Cephalon spokeswoman said the company believes some problems stem from improper injections.

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