The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has forced Takeda Pharmaceuticals to add a black box warning to its gout medication Uloric after concluding use of the drug increases the risk of heart-related deaths more so than Allopurinal, the other popular gout medication on the market. The FDA is also limiting the prescribing of Uloric to patients who were not treated effectively with Allopurinal or suffered side effects while taking this drug.
If you or a loved one has been taking Uloric and have experienced heart-related issues or symptoms or suffered a stroke, you may have grounds to take legal action, including filing an Uloric lawsuit. Our defective drug lawyers are investigating claims against Takeda Pharmaceuticals about side effects from Uloric. Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation and find out how we may be able to help you. Our compassionate lawyers can walk you through the legal process and help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Our services are provided on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no upfront cost or legal fees. We only get paid if we are successful in obtaining compensation for your case.
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History of Uloric (Febuxostat)
The FDA first approved Uloric (febuxostat) in 2009 to treat symptoms associated with gout, a common type of inflammatory arthritis that affects approximately 8.3 million adults in the U.S. Gout develops due to excessive buildup of uric acid. The overabundance of this substance causes intense swelling, severe pain, stiffness and tenderness in a joint, often the joint at the base of the big toe.
Uloric is a prescription medication used to lower blood uric acid levels in gout patients. Patients usually resort to Uloric when Allopurinol medication has not worked well enough for them. Before Uloric was approved by the FDA, initial clinical trials found the medication was linked to possible increased risks of serious cardiovascular issues such as heart attack, stroke, and death. The FDA rejected the drug two times before approving it in 2009 under the condition that Takeda Pharmaceuticals conduct further clinical trials to evaluate the cardiovascular risks.
Today, Takeda faces scrutiny and possible litigation if it is found the company intentionally altered, withheld or failed to disclose the risk of death and dangerous effects of consuming the drug. The FDA is now alerting Uloric users of the increased risk of heart-related death.
If you are a gout patient and have been consuming Uloric, speak to your medical provider before halting the consumption of the drug as stopping your use may worsen your gout symptoms. After you seek the medical attention you need, it may be beneficial to speak to a reputable Savannah personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options.
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Uloric Side Effects
There is a limited number of medications to treat the painful symptoms of gout are limited. However, the side effects from these medications can be deadly. Gout patients who have a history of heart related issues or stroke should discuss the risks and benefits of using this drug before starting it.
Serious Side Effects of Uloric
If you are taking Uloric, you should seek medical attention right away if you experience any of these side effects:
- Chest pain
- Heavy feeling in the chest
- Sudden severe headache
- Severe feeling of nausea, sweating, or general ill feeling
- Faintness or dizziness
- Problems with balance
- Speech problems
- Sudden weakness or numbness
Common Side Effects of Uloric
Every type of medication presents side effects. Less-severe side effects than those above include:
- Mild dizziness
- Mild skin rash
- Flare up of gout
- Liver problems
- Joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
The consumption of Uloric can severely jeopardize your health, possibly putting your life at risk. It is important to be aware of both the normal and severe symptoms of the drug. If you have been taking Uloric and feel that your health is at risk, contact a qualified attorney from Roden Law about a potential Uloric lawsuit.
Clinical Trial Results
As the FDA was wary about the cardiovascular effects caused by gout medications, it required Takeda Pharmaceuticals to conduct a large, post market clinical trial to evaluate the cardiovascular safety of Uloric.
The Cardiovascular Safety of Febuxostat and Allopurinol in Patients with Gout and Cardiovascular Morbidities (CARES) clinical trial was conducted between April 2010 and July 2017 and included 6,190 patients in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico who suffered from gout.
The clinical trial showed that there was a significant increase in cardiovascular death and overall mortality.
- The use of Uloric resulted in 335 cardiovascular deaths out of 3,098 clinical trial participants.
- There were 71 nonfatal strokes in patients taking Uloric.
If you are a gout patient and have concerns over your Uloric medication, contact us at Roden Law today. There is no risk to you in contacting us and getting answers to your legal questions.
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Compensation Awarded to Victims
Victims who suffered injuries while taking Uloric or lost loved ones may be able to pursue compensation for various damages, including:
- Past and present medical bills
- Lost wages from inability to work
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
- Funeral and burial costs
If you have been taking Uloric, you may be shocked and confused with the new findings from the clinical trial. It is important that you speak to your doctor to better understand what you need to do to protect your health. It will also be beneficial to contact a trusted lawyer at Roden Law so that we can discuss potential legal options, including filing a Uloric lawsuit.
Contact an Experienced Attorney About a Uloric Lawsuit
Drug manufacturers have an obligation to warn consumers of the possible risks they take when consuming their medications. If you have suffered an injury or lost a loved one who was taking the medication Uloric, you may be entitled to receive compensation for the damages suffered by you or your loved one.
Our attorneys at Roden Law are ready to take on your case. We understand that this may be a confusing and devasting time for you and your family and we are here to help.
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