hands comforting patient receiving IV medicationYes. In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug Vistogard to treat adults and children who receive overdoses of fluorouracil or capecitabine chemotherapy treatments.

Vistogard May Save Lives

When announcing Vistogard’s approval, Richard Pazdur, M.D., director of the Office of Hematology and Oncology Products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research said, “Treating cancer requires not only selecting which drug may be most effective and well-tolerated but ensuring the correct dose is given at proper intervals. While rare, unintentional overdose can occur….Today's approval is a first-of-its-kind therapy that can potentially save lives following overdose or life-threatening toxicity from these chemotherapy agents."

How Vistogard Works

After a 5-FU overdose:

  • Vistogard must be administered within 96 hours, or four days, of the overdose
  • Vistogard may be administered if there are no symptoms of an overdose, but an overdose is known to have occurred
  • Vistogard may be administered if there are signs of toxicity
  • Adults should receive 10 mg of Vistogard orally every six hours for 20 doses
  • Children should receive 6.2 g/m2 of their body surface every six hours for 20 doses

Vistogard side effects include nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Vistogard Saves Lives

According to Vistogard’s website, Vistogard is the first—and the only—treatment for fluorouracil and capecitabine overdoses. Without Vistogard treatment, the survival rate following an overdose is 16%. With this medication, however, the survival rate is 96%.

Vistogard is an important antidote for a fluorouracil or capecitabine overdose. If your doctor failed to recognize that you or a loved one suffered a chemo overdose, failed to administer Vistogard, or was otherwise negligent with your chemotherapy treatment, it is important to talk to a chemotherapy overdose lawyer as soon as possible.

Medical negligence may have caused your chemotherapy overdose, and you may be able to make a legal recovery. Let our experienced Kentucky chemotherapy overdose lawyers and staff nurse investigate what happened to you and fight to make sure that all of your rights are protected. Call, or reach out to us online, today to learn more.

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