Lawsuits Pile Up Against Humira
TV commercials about Humira show people who look like they’ve been cured of the ”moderate to severe” rheumatoid arthritis it can be used to treat. They never show people who have suffered or died from Humira’s side effects.
Instead, actors in Humira’s TV commercials build doll houses, coach sports or have a great day at the office. The images distract viewers from the list of potentially fatal side effects that a cheery announcer recites during most of the ads.
But the victims are real people. Their stories are very different from the TV commercials’ glowing praise for the drug. Lawsuits are mounting against Abbott laboratories, Inc., Humira’s manufacturer, based on charges that the company failed to adequately warn patients and doctors of its side effects.
Lawsuits Against Humira
In 2013, a North Dakota man whose wife developed a life-threatening fungal infection after taking Humira was awarded $2.2 million by a jury in Chicago. The North Dakota couple charged Abbott Laboratories with failing to let patients on the drug know that they could develop deadly fungal infections. In 2008, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) had warned Abbott Laboratories about the side effect but the drug company waited almost two years before writing doctors about it.
In Tennessee, another of Humira’s victims developed a serious fungal infection four months after beginning the drug. In this case, the victim almost died. His lawsuit charges Abbott with failing to adequately warn patients on Humira that they could develop fungal infections. Ironically, Humira’s manufacturer was warned by the FDA about the side effect with prolonged usage, just one month after the victim started taking it in 2008.
FDA Safety Warnings About Humira
Humira has other serious side effects that its TV commercials gloss over while emphasizing the drug’s effectiveness in treating rheumatoid arthritis. In 2008, the FDA began investigating 30 reports of cancer in children and young adults who took Humira. Since 2008, the federal agency has issued numerous Safety Reviews and Press Releases about Humira. In 2009, it required cancer warnings for the drug.
Doctors prescribe Humira (Adalimumab) to block a substance in the body that can cause rheumatoid arthritis and other immune-system disorders such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis and plaque psoriasis.
The list of Humira’s side effects includes cancer (lymphoma), life-threatening fungal infections, heart conditions, tuberculosis and muscular disorders, among others. Lawsuits against Abbott Laboratories have been filed in Illinois, Massachusetts, Texas and Tennessee.
Texas Dangerous Drug Attorneys
If you or someone you love has suffered harmful side effects after taking Humira, you need an experienced dangerous drug attorney to help you hold the drug company accountable. Contact Wayne Wright LLP today at 800-237-3334 to schedule a free initial case evalutaion.