If you have suffered serious side effects from Actemra, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, among other losses. We are currently working with some of the most experienced Actemra lawyers in the country, who may file a lawsuit on your behalf. There is no legal fee collected until you obtain a settlement or award. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation fill out a contact form online or call us toll free at 1-800-992-6878.
What Is Actemra?
Actemra (tocilizumab) is a prescription drug used to treat patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis and Giant Cell arteritis. It was developed by drug maker, Genentech/Roche. The FDA approved Actemra in 2010 for rheumatoid arthritis treatment, and again in 2017 for Giant Cell arteritis treatment. Since then, the FDA has received around 13,500 adverse event reports associated with Actemra, 1,100 of which included patients who died after using the drug.
What Is Dangerous About Actemra?
It has been alleged that Actemra may increase the user’s chances of suffering a heart attack, stroke, or other dangerous side effects that could lead to death. What has made this so dangerous to users is the lack of warning pertaining to the dangerous side effects mentioned above, leading to many doctors believing that Actemra is the safest of all arthritis drugs. Many of the competing drugs within this market, such as Enbrel or Remicade, have placed strong warnings to consumers that their arthritis drugs may lead to heart risks or other dangerous side effects. Adding to the danger is the willingness of doctors to prescribe the drug, which ranked as the fifth highest grossing medical drug in 2016.
What Side Effects Are Alleged To Be Linked To Actemra?
- Heart Failure
- Increased Blood Pressure
- Upper Respiratory Tract Infection
- Heart Attack
- Interstitial Lung Disease
Has There Been An Actemra Class Action Suit Created?
At this time, a class action suit has not been created in regards to Actemra litigation. Beyond this, many lawyers are now beginning to accept lawsuits pertaining to injuries or side effects caused by taking Actemra. You should speak with a lawyer if you feel that Actemra has caused your injuries.
Has The FDA Taken Action?
From 2010 to 2016, the FDA has received many complaints regarding Actemra. Of those complaints, it is alleged that over 1,100 of them involved deceased patients, who were actively taking Actemra. Many of those deaths were caused by heart and lung disorders, and strokes. While other drugs in this class contain warnings about these side effects, it is alleged by some that Actemra does not.
It is also alleged by some that the FDA declined to comment about Actemra specifically, but issued a statement saying they are committed to warning the public in a timely manner when they identify safety issues. Since heart attacks, lung disease, and strokes can be caused by any number of things, the FDA cannot positively say that negative side effects from Actemra were the sole cause of death in these patients. However, the fact that all competing drugs have warning labels tailored specifically towards these medical issues, raises questions by some in terms of Actemra.
What Have Medical Studies Found Regarding Dangerous Side Effects of Actemra?
In September 2017, a study of the FDA adverse event reports was conducted by STAT, finding that there was an increase in medically adverse side effects in patients who use Actemra or other similar drugs to treat rheumatoid arthritis. According to the study, some FDA adverse event reports stated fatal brain bleeding leading to the death of an individual, and a reported 132 cases of developed pancreatitis, with 26 of those victims deceased now. Ultimately, the study recommends that stronger medical warnings should be placed on the box of Actemra, however, it is unclear whether this will take place.
Why Contact d’Oliveira & Associates?
If you or a loved one has suffered serious complications that you believe may be linked to taking Actemra, you may be entitled to compensation if more evidence comes forward indicating that the drug is dangerous. Please contact us toll free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online, for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.