Biogen Idec Inc., a biotechnology company, announced Friday that another patient who was taking its Tysabri multiple-sclerosis medicine is infected with progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, or PML. Their announcement marks the 13th case of the infection in patients taking Tysabri. Three other patients have already died from taking the medication and contracting PML. PML is a serious brain infection that attacks the central nervous system and damages and inflames the white matter areas of of the brain. Immune suppressing drugs such as Tysabri put patients at serious risk for contracting PML and potentially dying as a result.
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