Are you suffering from the harmful side effects of Actemra? If so, you’re not alone. More than 500,000 patients claim that the medication they take for their arthritis resulted in painful side effects. Studies show that patients using Actemra had a higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke. If you did suffer one of these serious conditions after using Actemra, speak with your doctor.
Console and Associates has 25 years of experience handling personal injury claims. Over that time, we’ve worked with law firms across the country, including those that handle Actemra claims. If we cannot handle a claim, our goal is to connect you with an experienced attorney who can. If you suffered a heart attack or stroke after taking Actemra, call today. We’ll ask you a few questions so that we can put you in touch with the right attorney.
What is Actemra?
Actemra is a prescription drug that treats moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Actemra is also called Tocilizumab in the marketplace. Actemra can treat giant cell arteritis (GCA), Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (PJIA) and Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (SJIA).
In 2010, approximately 1.5 million Americans suffered from rheumatoid arthritis. Actemra looked promising to many doctors and patients at the time when it hit the market. Actemra can cause harmful side effects in many patients, including death.
Actemra Can Increase The Risk of Heart Attacks & Strokes
A press release by PR Newswire claims STAT News investigated reports from over 500,000 people saying they had negative side effects from RA drugs. STAT News ,found clear evidence, that patients taking Actemra were at a higher risk of a heart attack or a stroke, a much higher risk compared to people taking other RA drugs.
The report said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported approximately 1,128 people died while taking Actemra. Currently, the FDA states they can’t determine if Actemra was the direct cause of the deaths.
Myths about Actemra Lawsuits
Every year, side effects from prescription drugs kill more than 100,000 Americans. That,s not counting the victims who survived but suffered irreversible damage to their health.
What do you do, what can you do, when a dangerous medication has damaged your health or taken the life of someone you love?
Both state and federal law is clear. If you suffered serious side effects from prescription medication, you have legal rights. Your doctor has the responsibility to keep your best interests in mind. This includes prescribing you the best medication for your condition, not the one that manufacturers pay bonuses on. Also, if they prescribe you medication with potentially fatal side effects, they must warn you of the risk.
If you suffered a stroke or heart attack after taking Actemra, you have legal rights. You can pursue a pharmaceutical claim or lawsuit to get the compensation you deserve. But, you’ll need to file your claim promptly. This is why it’s so important to contact an Actemra lawsuit lawyer.
Genentech, the division of Roche that manufactures Actemra, is a multi-billion dollar company. Because of this, too many people believe that there’s nothing they can do. They feel they don’t have the money or the power to stand up against such a large corporation. Large companies want you to feel like there’s no hope because it means they don’t have to to worry about their decision to put profits above patients.
That’s where an attorney can help. A lawyer who has experience with mass tort claims knows how to hold companies accountable for their actions. They know the law, and they know how to use it on behalf of their clients to try and help them recover the damages caused by their Actemra injury.
Before a drug’s allowed on the market, it must pass FDA certification. Then, doctors have the responsibility to prescribe the best medication for your condition. If they do, life-threatening side effects shouldn’t “just happen.”
Unfortunately, things don’t always go as they should. In some cases, dangerous side effects won’t appear until after the FDA approves the medication. To protect their sales, a manufacturer might suppress any negative news, putting lives at risk.
Even when a drug is safe when used properly, manufacturers can often make decisions that put profits over people. To increase sales, drug manufacturers may offer doctors bonuses. Then, instead of giving their patients the best medication, the prescribe the most profitable one instead.
You deserve better.
If you suffered serious side effects due to malpractice, you deserve compensation. If Genentech is responsible, they deserve to be held accountable and must face the consequences of their actions. Your claim can not only help you but also prevent other victims from suffering the devastating side effects of Actemra.
The FDA Fails To Monitor Drug Safety
PharmaLive and Outcomes LLC interviewed Vinay Prasad, an oncologist and medical ethicist about the FDA. Prasad said it is becoming easier to get drugs approved by the FDA. However, the FDA does not do a good job making sure the drugs they approve are safe. This particularly applies when people start taking the drug. Prasad said the system is broken and the financial incentives are designed to keep it broken.
STAT News said many patients taking Actemra were never warned about the dangerous side effects to their heart and lungs. If pharmaceutical companies and the FDA are not looking out for your health, then who is?
How Actemra Affects Your Body
Actemra is prescribed to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Actemra is a human engineered antibody. Antibodies help the immune system find and stop things like bacteria and viruses. Actemra blocks the IL-6 receptors. These IL-6 receptors trigger the painful inflammation feelings associated with RA.
The American College of Rheumatology Arthritis says Actemra can weaken your immune system’s ability to find and stop other infections. Meaning, Actemra can suppress your immune system. Since your immune system is weak, Actemra patients need to watch for signs of infection. Signs include fever, pain, difficulty breathing, urinary issues, and fatigue.
Actemra Side Effects
Any medication comes with a list of side effects. The human body is so complex that it’s difficult to accurately predict how a drug might interact with everyone who takes it. But manufacturers have a responsibility not to release a drug they know to be dangerous. Actemra has potentially fatal side effects, but the FDA and Genentech refuse to recall it.
Some of the serious side effects linked to Actemra include:
- Heart attack & stroke – Potentially leading to death
- Chest pains – Rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath
- Digestive Issues – Watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, pain/burning during urination
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. If you’re taking Actemra and experience any symptoms, you should contact your doctor immediately.
Genentech,s Response To Actemra Lawsuits
As a response to the increase in patient deaths, Jeffrey Siegel, the senior medical director for rheumatology products at Roche and it’s subsidiary Genentech told Stat that the report raised, important questions, and said the company tries hard not to, be complacent, and to fully explore these issues.,
During an interview with BioSpace, Genentech said patient safety is a main priority of the company.
e have established systematic processes designed to evaluate patient safety, including long-term post-marketing safety studies and surveillance of adverse event reports databases. We rigorously comply with post-marketing safety reporting requirements set out by health authorities. The results of these analyses are reflected in the current Actemra Prescribing Information. If outcomes from these analyses indicate that an amendment to the label is appropriate, we work with the FDA and other health authorities globally to update the product labeling.,
, Allison Neves, a Genentech spokesperson
Despite mounting evidence that their drug is responsible for potentially hundreds of deaths, Genentech and their parent company Roche keep the dangerous drug on the market. The reason they do this is easy to figure out once you look at their bottom line. Actemra is their fifth-highest grossing product, bringing in $1.7 billion in the last year. Like many other pharmaceuticals, Genentech puts profit before people.
Contact An Attorney
If you or a loved one experienced a serious side effect after taking Actemra, speak with an Actemra attorney. If you don’t know who to call, call our firm. We work with law firms around the country who specialize in handling mass tort claims. We’ll ask you a couple of questions and then try and connect you with an attorney who might be able to take on your case.
Why Did The FDA Approve Actemra?Actemra, also known as Tocilizumab, is FDA approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis, giant cell arteritis, polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (PJIA) and systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (SJIA) in children 2 years of age and older. Giant cell arteritis is an inflammation of the arteries.
According to the press release by the FDA in May of 2017:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approved use of subcutaneous Actemra (tocilizumab) to treat adults with giant cell arteritis… Actemra was previously approved for the treatment of moderate to severely active rheumatoid arthritis. Intravenous Actemra was also previously approved for the treatment of moderate to severely active rheumatoid arthritis, systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Intravenous administration is not approved for giant cell arteritis.,
The FDA approved Actemra for limited use to treat arthritis, a condition that impacts the lives of millions of Americans. Unfortunately, after approval, the regulatory agency failed to monitor the dangerous side effects caused by the drug.
What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases says rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that affects your joints.
A joint is an area of the body where two or more bones join together, such as at your knees, hips, or shoulders. Common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include pain, swelling, and stiffness. RA can affect both sides of the body. This means if joints on the left side of your body have rheumatoid arthritis. Usually, the joints on the right side do too. This disease often occurs in more than one joint. It can affect any joint in the body.
What is Giant Cell Arthritis?
According to the Mayo Clinic, Giant Cell Arteritis causes inflamed arteries of the scalp, neck, and arms. “Inflamed” means redness or heat, swelling, and pain. The arteries most affected are those in the temples on either side of the head. These arteries narrow, so not enough blood can pass through.
What is Juvenile Arthritis (JA)?
According to PubMed Health, Juvenile arthritis is a term that describes arthritis in children. “Arthritis” means joint inflammation. Arthritis refers to a group of diseases that cause pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of motion in the joints.