Arthritis drug kills woman by _BOB ..... News Forum
Date: 8/12/2007 2:55:09 PM ( 6 year ago)
Clinical study put on hold after death of McLean County native
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHICAGO -- A Seattle-based biotechnology company has put a clinical study on hold after the death of a McLean County native who was taking part.
Jolee Mohr, 36, a native of Bellflower, was taking an experimental drug designed to treat inflammatory arthritis when she died on July 24. Her death came about three weeks after receiving her second injection of tgAAC94, a treatment made of genetically engineered viruses.
Targeted Genetics Corp. of Seattle has halted the study, and the 127 patients involved are being evaluated, said company spokeswoman Stacie Byars.
She said it's too early in the Food and Drug Administration's investigation of Mohr's death to draw any conclusions.
"The company did follow regulations and good clinical practice throughout the process," she said.
Mohr died at the University of Chicago Medical Center of internal bleeding and organ failure.
Mohr's husband Robb said she had rheumatoid arthritis for years and that her symptoms were improving in the weeks before her second drug treatment.
The couple have lived in Taylorville since 2000. They have a 5-year-old daughter.
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