Takeda Pharmaceuticals is facing a growing number of lawsuits involving people who took the gout medication Uloric and suffered a heart attacks, stroke or death.
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Gout Medication Uloric Increases Risk Of Death
FDA Links Uloric to Heart Attacks, Strokes, Death
In February 2019, the FDA issued a warning that Uloric is associated with an increased risk of heart-related death compared to the gout drug allopurinol (Zyloprim and Aloprim). The FDA conclusion is based on a safety study that linked Uloric to heart attacks and strokes, as well as death from all other causes.
What is the Risk?
In November 2019, health officials in Canada issued a Safety Warning after a major clinical study (the CARES trial) found that 4.3% of patients on Uloric died of a heart attack or stroke.
FDA Adds Boxed Warning on Uloric
The FDA is placing the strongest warning label — a Boxed Warning — on the medication guide for Uloric to inform patients and doctors about the risk of death from Uloric. Furthermore, the FDA is limiting Uloric’s approved use to patients who are not treated effectively or experience severe side effects with allopurinol.
What Should I Do?
Patients with a history of heart problems or stroke should tell their healthcare professional. Seek emergency medical attention right away if you experience symptoms of a heart attack or stroke while taking Uloric.
Symptoms of a Heart Attack or Stroke
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Numbness or weakness on one side of your body
- Trouble talking
- Sudden severe headache
What is Uloric?
When the FDA approved Uloric (febuxostat) in February 2009, it was hailed as the first new gout drug in over 40 years. It works by inhibiting an enzyme called xanthine oxidase, which the body needs to create uric acid. This reduces uric acid levels, which treats painful joint inflammation in gout users.
Uloric Lawsuit Filed in Illinois
In November 2019, a woman from Illinois filed a Uloric lawsuit accusing Takeda Pharmaceuticals of failing to warn about the risk of severe cardiovascular side effects. She took Uloric for nearly 4 years before she needed emergency surgery due to severe chest pain, unstable angina, and coronary artery disease.
Her lawsuit claims that Takeda put profits over public safety by failing to warn about “significant risks that were never disclosed to the medical community,” ultimately putting tens of thousands of patients at risk of death or serious injury.
The lawsuit was filed on November 22, 2019, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois — Case: 1:19-cv-07716.
Can I Join a Uloric Class Action Lawsuit?
Many lawsuits have been filed by people who took Uloric and suffered a heart attack, stroke, or the death of a loved one. However, these lawsuits are not part of a class action. Instead, they are individual lawsuits for people who are seeking compensation for their injury, medical expenses, wrongful death of a loved one, and more.
Takeda Hit With Whistleblower Lawsuit
In 2012, Takeda Pharmaceuticals was hit with two whistleblower lawsuits filed by Helen Ge, a former safety consultant who alleged that the company was not reporting severe side effects of Uloric and Actos (pioglitazone), including bladder cancer, bone marrow failure, and more.
Uloric Side Effects
- Liver failure
- Kidney damage
- Heart attack
- Unstable angina
- Immune system disorders
- Allergic reaction (anaphylaxis, rash, Stevens Johnson Syndrome)
- Psychiatric disorders (psychotic behavior, aggressive thoughts)
- Kidney and urinary disorders
- Bone marrow failure
- Severe bleeding
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