That's a scary piece of information.
Actually, I remember when I started on methotrexate and read the patient information sheet that came with it. It's all scary information.
If you read the actual news reports, however, the problem wasn't just that patients were taking methotrexate, but that they were taking it incorrectly. (For example, taking it every day instead of one day per week.)
So the lesson for the rest of this from these tragic deaths is simple. The drugs we take for lupus can be very dangerous. Be careful with medication, and take it exactly as directed by your doctor.
Methotrexate, for example, is usually meant to only be taken once a week, so if you took it daily you would get a much higher dose than you need, and a potentially life-saving medication could end up being a life-threatening poison.
Methotrexate, however is not the only drug that can be dangerous. Be sure you clearly understand your doctor's instructions on all your medications, even non-prescription ones. If you have questions or concerns, ask, don't just guess. And don't trust Dr Internet to know.
Be safe lovely lupies. Too many of us have been dying lately.