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Editor's Correspondence
January 13, 2003

Misleading Report of Massive Bleeding in a Patient Taking Pentosan Polysulfate

Arch Intern Med. 2003;163(1):119. doi:10.1001/archinte.163.1.119-a

I read with concern the article by Gill et al,1 published in the July 22, 2002, issue of the ARCHIVES, which describes an episode of massive bleeding in a woman whose regular medications included pentosan polysulfate sodium (Elmiron; Alza Pharmaceuticals, Mountain View, Calif). This report is seriously misleading and raises an unnecessary and probably groundless alarm concerning pentosan polysulfate.

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