At the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C., our Uloric lawyers represent patients who have suffered from a heart attack, stroke or heart-related deaths, as a result of taking Uloric (febuxostat) -- a controversial gout medication.
Febuxostat is an FDA-approved medication for the treatment of gout. Gout is a type of arthritis that occurs when uric acid builds up in the body, causing sudden attacks of redness, swelling, and pain in one or more joints. Febuxostat works by lowering uric acid levels in the bloodstream. Uloric is a brand name for febuxostat.
Uloric drug labels already carry a Warning and Precaution concerning cardiovascular events, because the clinical trials conducted before approval of the drug showed a higher rate of heart-related problems in patients treated with Uloric, as compared to another gout medication, allopurinol. These problems included heart attacks, strokes, and heart-related deaths.
As a result, the FDA concluded that there is an increased risk of death from Uloric (febuxostat) compared to another gout medicine, Zyloprim (allopurinol). Therefore, the FDA required the Uloric drug manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, to conduct a safety study when the FDA approved the medicine back in 2009. That safety trial was conducted in over 6,000 patients with gout, who were treated with either Uloric or allopurinol.
The study found that Uloric showed an increased risk of heart-related deaths and death from all causes, leading to a November 15, 2017, Drug Safety Communication by the FDA. When a patient suffers from such complications, it can give rise to a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company and drug manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals. These dangerous drug lawsuits often result in significant settlements.
What Are The Serious Side Effects of Uloric?
Patients who have taken the prescribed medication Uloric have suffered serious side effects that include:
- Heart attack
- Ischemic stroke
- Hemorrhagic stroke
- Cardiovascular death
- Non-fatal myocardial infarction
- Coronary revascularization
What Are The Less Severe Side Effects of Uloric?
Less severe Uloric side effects may include:
- Non-fatal stroke
- Pain while resting
- Muscle aches
- Unusual bruises
- Severe weakness
- Skin rash
- Flu-like symptoms
- Swollen glands
- Yellowish skin or eyes
The FDA has advised that patients should seek emergency medical attention right away if they experience the following symptoms while taking Uloric:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Numbness or weakness on one side of your body
- Trouble talking Sudden severe headache
Since receiving reports of complications from Uloric, the FDA has issued safety warnings. The first was in January 2011 with a second one coming in November 2012. The agency reviewed a safety study and determined that improved safety communication was necessary to protect patients.
On February 21, 2019, the FDA required Takeda to update the Uloric labeling with a Black Box Warning, and limited the approved use of Uloric to certain patients who are not treated effectively or experience severe side effects with allopurinol.
What are the Criteria for Filing an Uloric Lawsuit?
Patients and their families should contact one of our top-rated experienced Uloric heart attack lawyers today at (800) 606-1717 to discuss their case.
There are strict time deadlines for filing dangerous drug claims so it is important that you do not wait too long to consult with an attorney. If you miss a deadline your case can be lost forever and you may never be able to recover compensation for your pain and medical bill expenses.
Our drug lawyers can help if you or someone you care about has suffered a heart attack or stroke from taking Uloric. Lawsuits are being investigated against the drug maker by both patients and their families, seeking compensation for their pain and suffering. You may be entitled to a settlement.
To file an Uloric heart attack and stroke lawsuit, the following criteria must be met:
- Use of Uloric as a first-line of therapy between 2006 - February 2019
- Only investigating MACE-Major Adverse Cardiac Events
- We are no longer accepting cases from Michigan and Texas.
For more information on filing an Uloric heart attack lawsuit, contact our award-winning dangerous drug attorneys.
Warning: There are strict time deadlines for filing Uloric lawsuits. Call us today to learn more about the Uloric laws.