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Yes. There is currently a lawsuit filed against Uloric manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceutical Company claiming that the company failed to warn consumers about the life-threatening risks associated with Uloric including heart-attack, stroke, and other serious heart related injuries.

The FDA has not recalled Uloric but did add a black-box warning to the medication in February 2019.

Uloric has been linked to a number of life-threatening side effects including heart attack, stroke, and heart-related injury.

What is Uloric?

Uloric (febuxostat) is a prescription medication used to treat patients with gout which is caused by hyperuricemia, a condition that creates high uric acid in the bloodstream. Manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals and introduced to the market with FDA approval in February 2009, Uloric was intended as an alternative to treating gout with Zyloprim (allopurinol). But, it managed to capture less than 10% of the treatment market, and for good reason. There have been deadly side effects associated with the use of Uloric, such as cardiovascular-related deaths.

 

Uloric to Treat Hyperuricemia

Hyperuricemia is a condition that leads to too high levels of uric acid in the body which can cause gout. Normally, uric acid is removed through urination. But, in individuals with hyperuricemia, excess uric acid remains which can cause urate crystals which then build up in joints, fluids, and tissues in the body. Hyperuricemia does not always cause gout, and without gout symptoms, the condition does not need to be treated. But, if symptoms such as intense pain, swelling, redness, or heat arise, immediately seek medical attention.

 

Uloric to Treat Gout

More than 8.3 million Americans suffer from gout. Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that can cause extreme discomfort and pain. It is very common for an individual to go between phases of flare-ups and remission. Uloric is one of the medications used to treat gout and it works by blocking the metabolic processes in the body that create uric acid. The blocking mechanism helps to prevent a build-up of urate crystals which trigger gout.

 

What are the Long-Term Side Effects of Uloric?

However, a link between Uloric and cardiovascular events, including sudden death, has been discovered prompting lawyers to look into a Uloric lawsuit.

It is highly recommended that only those individuals with severe renal dysfunction or those who cannot take Zyloprim (allopurinol) be prescribed Uloric because of safety concerns.

Uloric injuries include, but are not limited to:

  • Cardiovascular injuries
  • Stroke
  • Liver damage (alleged)
  • Kidney damage (alleged)
  • Bone marrow failure (alleged)
  • Death

 

Uloric Post-Market Safety Clinical Trial Raises Question of Safety

Uloric was approved in 2009, yet the approval only came after two failed attempts at approval in 2005 and 2006. As a condition of approval and introduction to the market, the FDA required Takeda to conduct a postmarket safety clinical trial because of the continued questions and concerns surrounding Uloric.

As a result of preliminary results from the trial, the FDA issued a drug safety communication because of concerns about safety. The results of that trial showed an increased risk of heart-related death. During the trial, 6,000 individuals suffering from gout were treated with either Uloric or allopurinol. Those taking Uloric were found to have a higher rate of “heart-related death, non-deadly heart attack, non-deadly stroke, and a condition of inadequate blood supply to the heart requiring urgent surgery” compared to those taking the other gout medication.

 

Uloric Recall

In 2018, the FDA received the full trial report which, after months of in-depth reviews, prompted the FDA to issue an updated safety warning which included a black box warning, the most severe warning that can be issued. However, the FDA did not take the medication off the market which raised further concerns from individuals and doctors alike.

 

Whistleblower Uloric Lawsuit

A former safety consultant for Uloric manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, issued a whistleblower lawsuit where he claimed the company knew about the risks associated with Uloric, yet failed to inform the public. The risks the company allegedly knew about include liver issues, kidney damage, and bone marrow failure.

Also included in the complaint was the allegation that Takeda knew that Uloric could be fatal when combined with select prescription drugs. It went even further to accuse the company of taking steps to conceal the dangers from the public. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed, but it raises bigger ethical questions surrounding Uloric and its manufacturer, Takeda.

 

Do I Qualify?

If you or a loved one was prescribed Uloric to treat hyperuricemia or gout and you were subsequently diagnosed with a cardiovascular injury or other serious injuries, you may qualify for the Uloric lawsuit. Contact a bad drug lawyer from TorHoerman Law today for a free, no-obligation case consultation to find out about your legal options.

 

Filing a Uloric Lawsuit

Before filing a Uloric lawsuit, it is important that you mitigate your injuries – seek proper medical treatment, follow your doctor’s orders and do everything in your power to minimize the losses associated with your injuries.

You should then prepare for your Uloric lawsuit by learning more about the process of a civil lawsuit so you know what to expect of your litigation.

Finally, you should talk to an attorney about representing you as your Uloric injury lawyer. The choice of an attorney is one of the most important steps in your litigation. Be sure to find an attorney who is experienced and fully equipped to litigate on your behalf.

 

Hiring a Uloric Lawyer

Hiring a personal injury lawyer is an important step in the process of a Uloric lawsuit.

Your Uloric lawyer will work to build a case on your behalf by:

 

 

TorHoerman, Uloric Injury Lawyers

If a loved one suffered debilitating injuries or sudden death related to Uloric, TorHoerman Law is here to help you.

As a pharmaceutical drug law firm with years of experience under our belt, we are skilled in taking on the companies and manufacturers that have put people at risk by failing to warn of potentially deadly risks associated with a dangerous drug such as Uloric.

If you have any questions about the Uloric lawsuit, please feel free to contact us.

 

 

 

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