Generic Toxoplasmosis Treatment Approved

FDA approves Daraprim generic for toxoplasmosis treatment

(RxWiki News) The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a generic drug for toxoplasmosis treatment.

Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. This newly approved generic is for Daraprim (pyrimethamine).

A Toxoplasma infection can happen by:

  • Consuming undercooked, contaminated foods (meat or shellfish)
  • Drinking contaminated water
  • Accidental swallowing of the parasite through contact with cat feces that contain Toxoplasma

This infection can lead to brain disease and eye problems. It may also lead to miscarriage and developmental abnormalities.

Some groups face a higher risk for severe cases. These groups of people include the following:

  • Pregnant women
  • Those who have weak immune systems (such as those with HIV or AIDS, those taking certain chemotherapy medications and those who have undergone an organ transplant)

"Today’s approval is especially important for populations that are more susceptible to toxoplasmosis infections, such as pregnant women and individuals with HIV or AIDS by paving the way for more choices in treatment options," said FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen M. Hahn in a press release.

Common side effects include allergic reactions that can be severe, changes in blood cell counts, changes in the tongue, blood in the urine, changes in heart rhythm and vomiting.

Speak with your health care provider if you have any questions.