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  • n  an immunosuppressive drug (trade name Imuran) used to prevent rejection of a transplanted organ

  • Among the several courses open to them to try to blunt the rejection mechanism, Washkansky's doctors chose to use two drugs, azathioprine (Imuran) and cortisone, plus radiation.
  • To counter this intolerance, the physicians on Barnard's team at Groote Schuur Hospital tried to suppress lymphocyte (and therefore antibody) production with drugs: azathioprine .
  • The drugs used, mainly azathioprine (Imuran) and prednisone, are so highly potent that by themselves they can seriously weaken or help to kill a patient.

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