Wear gloves when handling Hydrea

February 6, 2006

Pharmacy personnel should always wear impervious gloves when handling bottles of Hydrea (hydroxyurea) to minimize skin exposure to the antineoplastic agent, according to its manufacturer Bristol-Myers Squibb. Other changes to the Hydrea labeling include warnings about incidents of cutaneous vasculitic toxicities among myeloproliferative disorder patients and that renal functioning should be checked among elderly patients, who may also need lower doses. For questions about Hydrea or to report suspected adverse events, phone 1-(800) 321-1335.