Transplant patients get extra weapon

Organ transplant patients now have a new weapon to help fight organ rejection during the critical first eight weeks following surgery. The new drug Zenapax blocks immune cells from attacking new organs during the first eight weeks after a transplant. Recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Zenapax is a monoclonal antibody administered with standard anti-rejection drugs such as cyclosporine and causes no additional side effects, according to Nutley, NJ-based Hoffman-La Roche, manufacturer of the drug. Marketed under as Zenapax, the drug’s generic name is daclizumab.

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