EU regulators warn against combining hepatitis C drugs with amiodarone

(Reuters) - European health regulators warned on Friday against using Gilead Sciences Inc's and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co's hepatitis C medicines along with amiodarone, a drug used to regulate the heartbeat of people with heart rhythm disorders.

The European Medicines Agency said there is a risk of severe bradycardia, or heart block, when Gilead's drug Harvoni or a combination of Gilead's Sovaldi and Bristol-Myers' Daklinza are used in patients who are also taking amiodarone. (

The agency's committee for medicinal products for human use recommended that amiodarone only be used in patients taking these hepatitis C medicines if other anti-arrhythmics cannot be administered.


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