Heart, Lung Injuries
Actemra lawsuits claim the rheumatoid arthritis medication increases the risks of heart failure, stroke, pancreatitis, lung disease, and gastrointestinal perforations, or holes and tears. Our law firm is accepting clients who took Actemra and suffered these injuries.
What is Actemra?
Actemra (tocilizumab) is an injectable or intravenous immunosuppressive drug used to treat the symptoms of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. Made by Roche (Genentech), Actemra was first approved by the FDA in 2010. The agency additionally approved Actemra for Giant Cell Arthritis in 2017. Actemra is also used to treat polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis and systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis in children two and older.
Actemra Lawsuit Petitions
Actemra lawsuit petitions claim that people being treated with Actemra (tocilizumab) are at the same risk (if not higher) of suffering a heart attack, stroke and interstitial lung disease as individuals using other arthritis medication, such as Enbrel, Humira, and Remicade. The difference is that those competing medications include relevant warnings, while Actemra has failed to warn of these dangers.
Actemra Side Effects – Failure to Warn
Actemra side effects include increased risk of heart failure, strokes and lung disease, yet no warnings have been issued by Roche (Genentech), the company that makes Actemra.
Actemra has even been broadly marketed as not carrying these same risks, of which the makers of competitor drugs have specifically warned. Other drug makers have warned medical professionals to be more cautious prescribing their drugs to patients with preexisting conditions.
Doctors have overprescribed Actemra because of the drug maker’s failure to have it carry a proper warning. Doctors have therefore overprescribed Actemra to people susceptible to heart and lung injuries. The failure to warn has also added to doctors failure to monitor these patients more closely.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Medication
While all medications carry potential side effect risks, rheumatoid arthritis medication seems especially prone to spawning side effects. The reason is that arthritis medications partially suppress the human immune system response. The aim is to help block the protein IL-6, which causes the inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis patients.
Because Actemra suppresses the immune system, Actemra users must be very careful to monitor signs of infection such as fever, pain, difficulty breathing, urinary issues, or fatigue. Anyone feeling these symptoms should contact a doctor right away.
Actemra Lawsuit – Heart and Lung Injuries
Anyone who has taken Actemra and suffered from its side effects should contact our law offices right away for a free legal consultation in a potential Actemra lawsuit. Call us toll-free at 888-520-5202 or email us by clicking this link.
Compensation Recovered in an Actemra Claim
We will seek these damages for anyone injured by Actemra:
- Past and future medical expenses resulting from any injuries caused by Actemra, of which Roche (Genentech) failed to warn doctors and patients
- Past and future pain and suffering caused by injuries, and the treatment and recovery process
- Past and future wage loss, if any
- Punitive damages, if any apply
Actemra Lawsuit Settlement Amounts
As of October 2017, there have been no large group settlements involving Actemra. Drug litigation of any kind typically takes many years to resolve. Teams of lawyers across the country will spend millions of dollars trying to determine exactly what happened and how it might have been avoided.
Generally, large groups of settlements do not occur until such time as a few cases are tried before a jury, and the manufacturer is able to more thoroughly understand its financial risk.
Contact an Actemra Lawyer Today
Contact us for a free confidential consultation. Call us toll free at (888) 520-5202. Or request a confidential consultation by clicking here. One of our lawyers will quickly review your potential case and we will respond asap.
Actemra Class Action or Individual Cases
In class action litigation, a few individuals represent the interest of all people in the class. Court rulings are binding on all persons considered a member of the class action. All class members can be required to accept any settlement approved by the court, even if an individual class member is going to receive little or no compensation.
This is not the type of litigation we will pursue for our Actemra clients. We will represent each person based on individual circumstances, and evaluate the recovery for each client based on individual facts. Each of our clients always has the option of settling or not settling the case.
More than 760,000 people use Actemra worldwide. It is Roche’s fifth highest grossing product, grossing some $1.7 billion in revenue for Roche (Genentech) yearly.