No new patients should start treatment for the time being
European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) is currently reviewing the benefits and risks with Esmya, following reports of serious liver injury, including liver failure leading to transplantation.
As a temporary measure while the review is ongoing, the PRAC has recommended regular liver monitoring for women taking Esmya for uterine fibroids.
All women taking Esmya should have a liver function test at least once a month during treatment. If the test is abnormal (liver enzyme levels more than 2 times the upper limit of normal), the healthcare professional should stop treatment and closely monitor the patient. Liver tests should be repeated 2 to 4 weeks after stopping treatment.
The PRAC is also recommending that no new patients should be started on Esmya and no patients who have completed a course of treatment should start another one for the time being.
A link between Esmya and cases of serious liver injury is under review. These recommendations are temporary measures to protect patients’ health, pending the conclusion of the review of Esmya which started in December 2017.