It has been claimed that a recent report that was published in a Japanese medical journal blamed the drug Alimta for causing lung injuries to a man who was suffering from the asbestos cancer mesothelioma. This is a drug that is used to treat this form of cancer, and is also known as pemetrexed.

The sixty five year old man was apparently taken to hospital because he was short of breath according to the report. An xray was then carried out on the patient, and the results are said to have revealed that he had a build up of excess fluid in the left pleural cavity.

Following analysis of a sample taken during a biopsy it was determined that the man was suffering from malignant mesothelioma, and as a result he was started on a course of chemotherapy, which included the use of pemetrexed.

However, the report claims that following the start of the chemotherapy the patient experienced problems, and this included shortness of breath and fever. It was suggested that the patient had experienced drug-induced interstitial pneumonia. He eventually died from respiratory failure, and researchers said that “this is apparently the first reported case of pemetrexed-induced acute lung injury.”

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