Florida Actemra Lawsuit Attorneys
Actemra, a rheumatoid arthritis drug, has been associated with serious side effects, including heart failure, heart attack, strokes, pancreatitis, and interstitial lung disease. If you or a loved one has taken Actemra and suffered serious side effects, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturers. Our Actemra lawsuit attorneys can help.
What is Actemra?
Actemra, also known by its generic name tocilizumab, is a drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a disease that causes pain, stiffness, and swelling in joints. Compared to osteoarthritis, the disease commonly caused by old age, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that usually occurs in middle age – and can even affect children and young adults.
Manufactured by Roche/Genentech, Actemra was first approved for use as a treatment for RA by the U.S Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2010. It is administered via injection or intravenously, and has been taken by roughly 760,000 patients so far.
Actemra Linked to Heart Attacks & Strokes
In June 2017, an investigative report by STAT found that Actemra may have more serious side effects than the manufacturers initially indicated. A comprehensive study of over 500,000 side effects reports found that patients who took Actemra had a high risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other serious conditions – the same (or higher) risks associated with competing drugs. However, unlike competing drugs, none of these side effects were detailed on Actemra’s label – and still remain off the label to this day.
Since the drug was released, the FDA has received reports on 1,128 deaths after taking Actemra. Although the FDA is unclear on the underlying cause of death, the correlation between death and Actemra treatment cannot be denied.
Side Effects of Actemra
Common side effects of Actemra include:
- Runny/stuffy nose
- Sinus pain
- Sore throat
- Mild stomach cramps
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
Some of the undisclosed, more severe side effects include:
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Interstitial lung disease
- Hair loss
If you or your loved ones have experienced any of the above side effects, we can help.
We Can Help You File an Actemra Lawsuit
Freedland Harwin Valori has a wide breadth of experience in pharmaceutical litigation at your service. With the highest ethical and legal standards, we have successfully handled lawsuits, individual and class-action, against drug manufacturers and their negligence.
Actemra is a potentially dangerous drug that can lead to severe side effects. If you’ve suffered because of a lack of accurate labeling, we are here for you. Contact us immediately for a free case evaluation. Our pharmaceutical lawyers are here and committed to giving you the justice, compensation, and peace of mind.