If you or a loved one has suffered a heart attack or stroke while taking medication to treat gout, you may have been harmed by the side effects of the gout medicine Uloric. You may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer of the dangerous drug.
If you have experienced serious cardiovascular problems while taking Uloric and you reside in the New York City area or Long Island, our attorneys at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe would like to hear from you. Call (516) 358-6900 for a free consultation with a knowledgeable and compassionate Long Island Uloric lawsuit attorney. We return all calls within 24 hours.
What is Uloric™ and its uses?
Uloric is a prescription medication prescribed to reduce uric acid levels in the bloodstream in patients with gout. A type of arthritis, gout is a chronic disease caused by a buildup of uric acid that forms crystals in the joints and causes inflammation, swelling and pain. An estimated 8.3 million Americans have flareups of gout with half of gout patients having three or more attacks a year.
Uloric™ contains the active ingredient febuxostat and was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2009 for treatment of adults with gout. The medication is not approved for the treatment of excess uric acid (hyperuricemia) except for patients who have a history of gout. The gout drug is manufactured and marketed by Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. Inc.
During the development of Uloric™, the drug was compared with allopurinol in clinical trials involving gout patients. The trials suggested modestly higher incidences of cardiovascular events among patients taking Uloric™. The drug initially carried a precaution about possible cardiovascular events associated with taking the febuxostat.
When approving the drug, the FDA required Takeda to conduct a large post-market cardiovascular safety study trial to provide additional information about the drug’s safety. The post-market clinical trial was conducted from 2010 to 2017. It involved more than 6,100 gout patients who were treated with either Uloric or Zyloprim (allopurinol).
The authors of the safety study, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, identified a statistically significant heightened risk of fatal heart attacks and cardiovascular events for patients using Uloric compared to those using allopurinol.
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Injuries and Side Effects Caused by Uloric
The common side effects of Uloric™ include nausea, allergic reactions, skin rashes, gout flareups, and joint pain. More serious side effects include heart attacks and strokes.
Patients taking Uloric are at higher risk of experiencing serious cardiovascular events including non-deadly or fatal heart attacks and non-fatal or fatal strokes.
Another side effect associated with Uloric is a condition of insufficient blood supply to the heart called unstable angina. The condition requires treatment.
Patients taking Uloric™ should seek emergency medical attention if they experience:
- chest pain
- shortness of breath
- irregular heartbeat
- trouble talking
- numbness or weakness on one side of the body
- sudden severe headache.
You should talk to your doctor before discontinuing Uloric.
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FDA Warning on Uloric™
In 2019, the FDA added a Boxed Warning to Uloric™, stating that patients taking Uloric have an increased risk of death as compared to patients taking another gout medication, allopurinol. A boxed warning is the FDA’s most prominent warning.
The boxed warning states: Gout patients with established cardiovascular disease treated with Uloric had a higher rate of cardiovascular death compared to those taking allopurinol in a study.
The FDA reached its conclusion after an in-depth review of the results of the safety study. The safety trial indicated that patients treated with Uloric™ have higher rates of fatal heart attacks, fatal cardiovascular events and deaths from all causes than patients taking allopurinol, the FDA said.
The FDA took the additional step of limiting the approved use of Uloric to those gout patients who experienced severe side effects from taking allopurinol or were not treated effectively with that medication.
Can you sue Uloric™?
A number of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits have been filed against Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. Inc., the maker of Uloric, since the FDA issued the safety alert about the gout medication.
These mass tort claims cite Takeda’s failure to warn doctors and patients of the risk of heart attacks and cardiovascular events linked to taking Uloric.
Pharmaceutical companies have a legal duty to make products that are safe and effective when used as directed and to warn adequately of any known side effects of taking a medication.
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Understanding Uloric Lawsuits
Any patient who has experienced Uloric side effects or febuxostat side effects such as cardiovascular problems before 2019 when the FDA added the boxed warning to the medication may have a valid claim against Takeda.
A Uloric lawsuit may seek compensation for:
- Present and future medical costs
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Wrongful death.
Many Uloric lawsuits and febuxostat lawsuits involve wrongful death claims filed by the survivors of people who suffered fatal heart attacks and strokes while taking the medication for treatment of gout.
Uloric lawsuits are filed by individuals and the families of deceased individuals. The lawsuits may eventually be part of a multidistrict litigation for more efficient processing of the pre-trial phase of the litigation.
How Can a Pharmaceutical Drug Lawyer Help Me in Long Island?
The Long Island defective drug attorneys at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP are investigating cases involving Uloric and febuxostat claims for people in the New York City metropolitan area, including Nassau County and Suffolk County. We can help you determine if a febuxostat side effects lawsuit is appropriate in your situation.
If you have a Uloric lawsuit, you will want to be represented by an experienced law firm that has resources to take on large pharmaceutical companies. We can prepare your claim and file a lawsuit on your behalf, allowing you to focus on your health and family.
The attorneys at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe have more than 100 years of combined legal experience handling personal injury and wrongful death cases. We have obtained millions of dollars in settlements and jury awards for clients who were struggling to overcome difficult circumstances. With a background as an emergency medical technician, Richard Jaffe has a detailed understanding of the harm that drug side effects can cause.