Texas Uloric Lawsuit Attorneys
Our Prescription Drug Recall Lawyers Can Help You File a Uloric Injury Lawsuit
Have you or a loved one experienced a heart attack, stroke, kidney damage or if a loved one died while taking Uloric? If so, The Hastings Law Firm can help you receive compensation for this tragedy.
FDA Uloric Recall
A black box warning has been issued by the FDA for Uloric, a drug used to treat gout and hyperuricemia. The Uloric FDA warning is for cardiovascular death and usage limited to only patients with symptomatic hyperuricemia. Please contact us today to see if you are eligible for compensation.
What are Gout and Hyperuricemia?
Hyperuricemia is a condition that leads to increased levels of uric acid in the body that can cause gout. Normally, uric acid is removed through urination but in individuals with hyperuricemia, their body is either overproducing uric acid or not disposing of uric acid quickly enough resulting in a uric acid backlog inside their body. Urate crystals are formed which can create a build-up in joints, fluids, and tissues in the body. The most common area to see symptoms of gout are in the big toe. Hyperuricemia does not always cause gout, and without gout symptoms, the condition will not need to be treated. However, if symptoms occur such as intense pain, swelling, redness, or heat arise, immediately seek medical attention.
Gout can be treated either in response to the inflammation and pain or treating the initial cause of gout to prevent outbreaks from occurring. In order to treat the inflammation and pain, medications such as painkillers and anti-inflammatories are administered. Gout prevention can be treated by two different drugs. First, there are medications that slow down the production of uric acid in the body. The other option is medications that speed up the breakdown of uric acid for elimination. Uloric can be classified as the first type of gout prevention since it is a type of medication that slows down the production of uric acid in the body.
What is Febuxostat (Uloric)?
Febuxostat (Uloric) is a prescription medicine that is used to lower blood uric acid levels in adults with gout. Uloric is considered a xanthine oxidase (XO) inhibitor which stops purines from forming into uric acid. Purines are found in food and drinks but can also come from within your body. Febuxostat targets the purines to avoid uric acid production leading to gout. The FDA has now required a black box label to this drug to warn patients and medical professionals of the risk this medication poses. Also, they have decided to limit usage by only allowing patients to receive a Uloric prescription after they have no had effective results with the alternative medication, allopurinol.
When Uloric was approved by the FDA in 2009, Uloric’s manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, was demanded to conduct a clinical trial of the drug on more than 6,000 patients in order to further investigate the level of already known possible risk for heart issues taking it caused. As a result of these clinical trials, scientists discovered that of those that took Uloric to treat gout, there was an increased risk of heart-related deaths and deaths from all causes. In patients treated with Uloric, clinical trials found that there were 15 deaths from heart-related causes for every 1,000 patients treated for a year. There were also 26 deaths from any cause per 1,000 treated with Uloric.
What Are the Uloric Side Effects?
Prior to beginning a regime containing Uloric, make sure to speak to your healthcare professional about any medical problems you may have. Medical conditions including liver/kidney problems, history of heart disease or stroke, pregnancy or planning to become pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to breast-feed. The side effects of Uloric include liver problems, nausea, gout flares, joint pain, rash and cardiovascular death. Patients who have taken Uloric have an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, or other cardiovascular problems which can lead to death.
Do I Have a Uloric Lawsuit?
You should reach out to your healthcare provider if you have a history of heart problems or stroke and discuss the benefits and risks of using Uloric to treat your gout. Seek emergency medical attention right away if you experience the following symptoms while taking Uloric:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Numbness or weakness on one side of your body
- Trouble talking
- Sudden severe headache
- Heart attack
- Heart-related death
Do not stop taking Uloric without first talking to your health care professional, as doing so can worsen your gout.
How Long Will My Uloric Settlement Take?
Currently, Uloric lawsuits are just starting to surface so the timeline for a Uloric lawsuit is unknown. Most lawsuits can take a few years to reach a settlement however, an exact time frame is not known at this time.
How Can a Uloric Lawyer Help?
If you or a loved one experienced a heart attack, stroke, kidney damage or if a loved one died while taking Uloric, you may be entitled to the following:
- Past and future medical expenses as a result of injury.
- Funeral expenses if you lost a loved one.
- Past and future pain and suffering (physical and mental) caused by the injuries.
- Costs incurred related to the treatment and recovery process.
- Past and future wage loss.
- Past and future loss of earning capacity.
- Past and future loss of enjoyment of life.
- Punitive damages, if appropriate.
Why Hire Our Law Firm To Represent You?
The Hastings law firm can help you through the next steps if you believe you are entitled to compensation. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can assist surviving family members with the filing of a lawsuit in a Texas civil court. The attorneys at the Hastings Law Firm have over a decade of experience handling personal injury cases within the medical industry and across the state of Texas. While such action will not undo the tragedy, a monetary judgment may ease the financial burden and the emotional trauma brought about by an injury or a loved one’s death.