Viberzi® (eluxadoline) is a prescription medicine used to treat irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D). Viberzi® works by decreasing bowel contractions which leads to less diarrhea.
Risk of Pancreatitis
On March 15, 2017, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that Viberzi® should not be used in patients who do not have a gallbladder due to an increased risk of developing serious pancreatitis that could result in hospitalization or death. This increased risk may be experienced with a single dose. Subsequently, in April 2017 the Prescribing Information was changed to contraindicate Viberzi® use in patients without a gallbladder.
Viberzi® was first approved in May 2015. At the time of the FDA warning less than two years later, the FDA had already received at least 120 reports of serious pancreatitis or death associated with Viberzi®. In 76 of these cases, the patient was hospitalized and 2 of those patients died. The agency found that cases of serious pancreatitis often occurred after only a few doses. The FDA also determined that patients without a gallbladder were at an increased risk of pancreatitis.
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