Actemra® Side Effect Lawsuits
In 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Actemra® (tocilizumab) to treat symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, a condition that affects more than 1.5 million Americans. Upon its approval, the drug showed fewer initial side effects than other treatments—a factor that encouraged doctors to prescribe the drug to their patients. In fact, gross sales for Actemra totaled $1.7 billion in 2016, and in 2017, the FDA expanded its initial approval to include treatment of giant cell arteritis.
Despite this success, new data suggests that patients who take Actemra may be at risk of a variety of severe and potentially fatal side effects, including heart attack or failure, stroke, lung disease, pancreatitis, and intestinal rupture or damage. If you or someone you love suffered from any of these complications after taking Actemra, or you lost a loved one who was taking the drug, Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough wants to fight for you.
Actemra® Side Effects, Complications, and Deaths
While there is no known cure for rheumatoid arthritis, a condition caused by an autoimmune disorder, Actemra promised potential symptom relief to millions of adults—with the price tag of a brand name drug.
Yet over the years, the FDA has received more than 1,100 reports of patients who died after taking Actemra, and the agency has moved to reexamine the drug’s safety several times since its approval in 2010. However, neither Roche, the pharmaceutical company profiting from this costly drug, nor the FDA have taken any steps to alert physicians or their patients about these potentially serious risks.
According to reports, use of Actemra may increase the risk of:
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Lung disease
- Intestinal rupture
- Gastrointestinal perforation
If you or someone you love has suffered any of these complications after taking Actemra, or your family has lost a loved one who was taking the drug, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our lawyers for a free case review now.
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At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we take on powerful pharmaceutical companies when their negligence harms innocent patients. With more than 35 years of experience helping injury victims, you can count on our team to provide the knowledge and resources necessary to build a strong case on your behalf. Call (800) 210-8503 or complete our free consultation form to schedule a free case review anytime, day or night.
Actemra® is a registered trademark of Roche and is used here only to identify the product in question. This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with Roche or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.