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When the Immune System Thwarts Lifesaving Drugs

The New York Times—May 15, 2017

The New York Times featured a story on the body building an immunity and producing antibodies to prescription medication. Antibodies are created by the immune system to attack foreign substances.

Mary K. Crow, MD, physician-in-chief and chair of Rheumatology at HSS, discussed the likeliness of the immune system creating antibodies against prescription drugs.

"Once a drug is approved and out in the market, it is pretty rare that a clinician would measure antibodies," said Dr. Crow. "There is no commercially available test."

Antibodies directed against a particular drug can neutralize its effects in the body.

Read the full article at NYTimes.com. This article also appeared in the May 16, 2017 print edition.

 

 

 

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