If you suffer from gout, a doctor may have prescribed or recommended Uloric as a medication that can ease symptoms and help treat your condition. Unfortunately, this medication is currently the focus of many lawsuits around the country, including Florida.
If you are already taking Uloric and have become sick, you have legal options at your disposal that our qualified attorneys at Kogan & DiSalvo could help you take advantage of. With our experienced Uloric attorneys by your side, you could more effectively seek compensation for all the damages this medication caused you to suffer.
Uloric is a prescription medication manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals. It is meant to treat gout, a condition that causes uric acid to build up in the body. When this happens, it causes swelling and pain in the joints, as well as redness in the part of the body that is affected.
Takeda marketed the drug aggressively when it was first introduced to the market in 2009, and the company made $1.9 billion in sales around the United States between the years of 2012 and 2017. However, in light of FDA investigations of the Uloric and Takeda Pharmaceuticals in 2017, there are now indications that the medication is not safe and worse, and that the manufacturer knew of these dangers but did not appropriately inform consumers.
Like all medications, Uloric does come with side effects. Unlike most medications, though, Uloric’s side effects have dangerous and even potentially deadly consequences. Some of the most well-known issues that Florida attorneys have seen Uloric users experience include:
Perhaps the most significant side effects associated with Uloric are the increased risk of heart attack and stroke that comes with the drug. All symptoms are considered to be warning signs of cardiac problems and stroke.
While Uloric does have serious potential side effects, that fact alone does not necessarily pose a problem for the manufacturer Takeda. The problem, rather, is that Takeda did not disclose the possibility of those side effects to consumers when marketing the drug. In fact, it appears they actually hid those side effects from the FDA.
Prior to Uloric being placed on the market, Takeda performed a safety clinical trial that involved 6,000 participants. In its results, the manufacturer stated that Uloric did not increase the risk of heart attacks and other cardiac events any more than similar drugs on the market.
However, an independent study found that 15 out of 1,000 people suffered health problems after using Uloric. In addition, there were also 26 deaths for every 1,000 patients that used the drug, higher than the 22 deaths for every 1,000 patients who died after taking Allopurinol, Uloric’s competition.
These issues indicating Takeda’s negligence in the sale of this drug are the basis of many of the lawsuits that have been filed. If you have become sick after taking Uloric, speaking to a knowledgeable lawyer could be your best next step.
You should not be responsible for paying additional medical expenses and being unable to work from taking a drug you thought was safe. If you have taken Uloric to treat your gout and instead become sicker, you may be entitled to compensation.
A Florida Uloric lawyer could be your strongest ally when pursuing damages from a large pharmaceutical company. Call Kogan & DiSalvo today or contact us online to learn more about how we could help with your case.