Patients diagnosed with gout who have suffered injuries potentially associated with the medication Uloric may be entitled to compensation through a Uloric lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with gout, taken Uloric and suffered injury or death, you may have a case for a Uloric lawsuit.
Please call 1-800-525-7111 to speak with a dangerous drug attorney at Riddle & Brantley. The consultation is FREE and if you decide to hire us to represent you, there are no attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive financial compensation.
FDA Issues Black Box Warning for Uloric
The FDA has issued a black box warning for Uloric, a medication frequently prescribed to treat gout. Gout is a painful form of arthritis caused by elevated levels of blood uric acid. Uloric is intended to reduce the effects of gout by lowering blood uric acid levels.
A black box warning is the FDA’s most serious warning applied to medications, and means that a medicine can be extremely dangerous to patients.
According to the FDA, “there is an increased risk of death with Uloric (febuxostat) compared to another gout medicine, allopurinol.”
Specifically, the FDA has determined that the results of a recent clinical trial indicate that patients taking Uloric have an “increased risk of heart-related death and death from all causes with Uloric.”
“There is an increased risk of death with Uloric (febuxostat) compared to another gout medicine, allopurinol.” -FDA Report
Gout is a chronic disease that is relatively common. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, approximately 8.3 million U.S. adults suffer from gout. Treatments are extremely limited. In fact, Uloric is the first medication developed specifically for gout in the last 40 years.
What is Uloric?
Uloric (also called febuxostat) is a prescription medication used to treat gout. Gout is a type of painful arthritis that occurs when naturally occurring uric acid builds up and causes rapid attacks of redness, swelling and/or pain in the joints.
Uloric is manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals and was first made available to patients in 2009. The drug is marketed as an alternative to the common gout medication allopurinol.
Dangerous Side Effects of Uloric
When the FDA approved Uloric in 2009, it required Takeda Pharmaceuticals to conduct a post-market safety clinical trial. The trial monitored more than 6,000 adults with gout, treated with either Uloric or allopurinol.
The results of the trial were alarming.
According to the FDA, “Uloric showed an increased risk of heart-related deaths and deaths from all causes.”
“Uloric showed an increased risk of heart-related deaths and deaths from all causes.”-FDA Report
If you’re taking Uloric to treat your gout and have a history of heart problems or stroke, talk with your doctor, and seek emergency medical attention immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms while taking Uloric:
- Chest pain
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Weakness or numbness on one side of the body
- Difficulty speaking
- Severe headache with rapid onset
More common side effects associated with Uloric include nausea, rash, joint pain, gout flares and liver problems, according to the FDA.
The FDA advises patients not to stop taking Uloric before talking with a health care professional, as doing so can worsen their condition.
Are You Taking Uloric (febuxostat)?
Talk with your prescribing doctor about risks associated with Uloric. The FDA has also developed a comprehensive Medication Guide for Uloric that outlines risks and other important information you should know.
If you have experienced side effects taking Uloric, you can also report side effects to the FDA. You can submit a report online or call 1-855-543-DRUG (3784) and press “4.”
Have you or a loved one been injured taking Uloric for gout?
If you or a loved one has suffered a heart attack, stroke, or death after taking the gout medication Uloric, you may have a case for a Uloric lawsuit — and you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.
The Uloric lawsuit attorneys at Riddle & Brantley may be able to help.
Since 1985, our product liability and dangerous drug lawyers have been holding negligent companies accountable. We can evaluate your claim and help you determine your best legal options. Gene Riddle remembers, “My grandfather suffered from gout. Other family members have gout. Some of my friends suffer from severe pain from gout. The treatment for gout should not be worse than the disease.”
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A Uloric lawsuit can be complicated and time-consuming. A personal injury lawyer at Riddle & Brantley can help you navigate the entire process from beginning to end.
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