The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a Drug Safety Communication on Lemtrada due to reports of serious side effects, including stroke, artery tears, autoimmune disease, disability, and even death. If you or a loved one have experienced complications after being treated with Lemtrada, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering, among other losses. We are currently working with experienced Lemtrada lawyers across the country, and there is no fee unless you get an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us toll free, 24/7 at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.
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What is Lemtrada?
Lemtrada (generic name “alemtuzumab”) is a medication that is given to patients being treated for B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL) or relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). The medication is administered by intravenous infusion and is only available through a restricted distribution program known as a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) due to the potential serious and even life threatening complications that can occur. Lemtrada was originally approved by the FDA in May of 2001 for the treatment of B-CLL. More recently, Lemtrada was developed by Genzyme to treat certain forms of recurring MS and received FDA approval for this use in November of 2014. Since that time, a number of serious adverse side effects have been reported in connection with Lemtrada. Because of its safety profile, Lemtrada is reserved for MS patients who have had poor responses to other MS treatments.
Why is Lemtrada Allegedly Dangerous?
Serious complications, including stroke, artery tears in the head and neck, the development of autoimmune disease, disability, and even death have occurred in patients shortly after they were treated with Lemtrada. On November 29, 2018, The FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication detailing the dangerous side effects associated with Lemtrada.
The FDA warning urges patients who have been treated with this drug to seek immediate emergency medical attention if they experience any adverse side effects. Also, treatment providers are urged to carefully monitor patients and to fully advise them of the potential dangers associated with the use of Lemtrada. It is thought that these potential dangers may be due to the way that Lemtrada impacts white blood cells in the body. For this reason, routine lab monitoring is also recommended.
What is an Arterial Dissection?
Arterial dissection refers to the formation of a tear in the wall of an artery. This tear formation often occurs rapidly and can cause dangerous bleeds and even lead to a stroke. As the tear grows, the risk of bleeding and stroke increases. Although somewhat rare, approximately 12,000 to 15,000 people in the United States are effected by strokes caused by arterial dissection each year. The impacts of suffering from a stroke are often long-term and can even be fatal. Patients who suffer arterial dissection after treatment with Lemtrada generally require invasive surgical procedures to correct the problem.
What are the Side Effects of Lemtrada?
Side effects of Lemtrada most often occur within one day of receiving treatment. The most commonly reported side effects include the following:
- Rash / Hives
- Thyroid problems
- Fever / Nausea
- Serious Infections
- Swelling of the Nose and Throat
- Joint Pain / Swelling
- Tingling Sensations
- Sudden Redness in Face / Neck / Chest
- Autoimmune Conditions
- Low Blood Counts
Some of the more serious side effects that have been reported also include signs and symptoms of stroke:
- Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arms or legs, especially if on only one side of the body;
- Sudden confusion or trouble speaking;
- Sudden vision problems in one or both eyes;
- Sudden dizziness, trouble walking or loss of balance; and / or
- Sudden headache or neck pain or swelling.
Patients are urged to report any of these symptoms to health care providers and seek the appropriate emergency medical attention right away if experiencing symptoms of a stroke.
Are There Lemtrada Lawsuits?
Due to the number of adverse events and side effects being reported, injured patients and families across the county have been hiring Lemtrada lawyers to investigate these cases. While these suits are still in the beginning stages, law firms have been taking these cases and investigating the dangers associated with Lemtrada, including the increased risk of strokes. If you have been treated with Lemtrada and have suffered serious side effects, it is important to consult an experienced Lemtrada lawyer who can help assess your potential case.
Contact an Experienced Lemtrada Lawyer Today!
If you or a loved one have suffered from complications after being treated for B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia or recurring multiple sclerosis with the drug Lemtrada, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering, among other losses. We are working with experienced Lemtrada lawyers across the country that handle these cases. There is no legal fee unless you receive a settlement or award. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number anytime at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.