Boehringer Fails to Inform Public of Mirapex Heart Failure Risk

According to a recent report, drugmaker Boehringer Ingelheim failed to completely inform the public about information that suggested the dopamine agonist Mirapex (pramipexole) was linked to an increased risk of heart failure.

The drug, which was originally developed to treat Parkinson’s disease, is now used to treat Restless Legs Syndrome as well.

Even though heart failure was an adverse event that was found during clinical trials with the drug and is noted on its label, a more definite link was not established until recently, according to Forbes. Ed Silverman from Pharmalot says Boehringer seems to have been aware of the stronger association beforehand but did nothing to publish the new information.

Mirapex has also been linked to gambling addictions in some people.

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