Nuplazid on the FDA Fast Track

The drug Nuplazid made its way to the market by taking advantage of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) “fast track” approval system known as “Breakthrough Therapy.” This system is designed to speed up the FDA approval process for new forms of treatment based on minimal clinical data. Nuplazid was granted the Breakthrough Therapy designation after only a small amount of data was presented that the drug was more effective at treating psychosis in Parkinson’s patients then other medications currently on the market.

Nuplazid pillsHowever, a short time after Nuplazid hit the market, a large number of serious side effects began to be reported by patients and caregivers. This has called into question whether the fast track FDA approval process is safe. Many patients and caregivers say they were not warned about the dangerous side effects of Nuplazid and have decided to file Nuplazid lawsuits.

What is Nuplazid Used to Treat?

Nuplazid Used to Treat woman

Nuplazid is used to treat psychosis symptoms in patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. The drug is primarily prescribed to patients who have experienced hallucinations, changes in personality, and mood swings that are generally associated with the progression of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Nuplazid has been called a “scientific breakthrough” as it is the first drug to treat these symptoms in Parkinson’s patients.

Man suffering from ParkinsonAbout one million people in the U.S. suffer from Parkinson’s, and about half of those individuals have experienced symptoms of psychosis. As a result, the new drug has been a welcome and popular treatment choice. However, many adverse side effects, and even a large number of deaths have been reported in connection with Nuplazid, leaving many questions regarding whether it is safe. In fact, many are questioning whether the drug should have been put on the market due to the limited data produced prior to its FDA approval.

Why is Nuplazid Dangerous?

man having hallucinations after taking NuplazidAfter being treated with Nuplazid, a large number of patients, family members, and health care providers began to report disturbing and dangerous side effects in connection with the medication. In over 1,000 reports, patients taking Nuplazid continued to experience hallucinations. Many patients reported that symptoms of psychosis actually got worse or more frequent. Other reports have included falls, insomnia, nausea, fatigue, and even death after starting the medication. In addition, more than 700 deaths have been reported in connection with Nuplazid. This has prompted many to speak out about the drug and to demand that additional safety measures be taken prior to FDA approval of new medications.

Contact an Experienced Nuplazid Lawyer Today!

Experienced Nuplazid LawyerIf you or a loved one have suffered from serious side effects after being treated with Nuplazid, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. We are working with experienced Nuplazid 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.

Source:

  1. https://www.fda.gov/ForPatients/Approvals/Fast/ucm405397.htm
  2. http://www.foxnews.com/health/2018/07/01/fda-repays-drug-industry-by-rushing-risky-meds-to-market.html
  3. https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/09/health/parkinsons-drug-nuplazid-invs/index.html
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Attorney Paul d’Oliveira has been practicing personal injury and disability law for over 30 years. He started his personal injury law practice in 1989 with two offices in Fall River, MA and East Providence, RI. Today his firm has 15 offices in RI and Southeastern, MA.

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