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Flavocoxid linked to acute liver injury: The beginning of the end for medical foods?

KEY POINT

Flavocoxid (Limbrel—Primus Pharmaceuticals), a proprietary prescription medical food marketed for osteoarthritis treatment, was linked to four cases of acute liver injury in a prospective observational study.

SOURCES

Chalasani N et al. Acute liver injury due to flavocoxid (Limbrel), a medical food for osteoarthritis. Ann Intern Med. 2012;156:857–60.

Reichenbach S et al. Medical food and food supplements: not always as safe as generally assumed [editorial]. Ann Intern Med. 2012;156:894–5.