When a product fails to provide adequate warnings that result in death, manufacturers are liable for injuries and other damages that occur after taking their product.
If you or a loved one suffered a heart attack or stroke while taking ULORIC, it’s important that you contact a dangerous drug class action lawyer now and find out if you have a case.
What is ULORIC?
ULORIC is a brand name for febuxostat. Febuxostat is a xanthine oxidase (XO) inhibitor medication prescribed by medical care providers. The drug is manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, U.S.A., Inc. (Takeda).
What is ULORIC Used to Treat?
ULORIC was first approved by the FDA in 2009 to treat gout. This form of adult arthritis generally occurs when uric acid builds up in the body. From there it can cause sudden attacks of redness, swelling, and joint pain.
Medical care providers will prescribe ULORIC as part of a treatment plan to help lower uric acid levels in the blood and treat related ailments. As there are only a limited number of medicines designed to treat gout, patients do not have many options.
FDA Black Box Warning
On February 21, 2019, the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an increased risk of death due to heart-related causes and other serious health conditions in those who take the prescribed drug ULORIC to treat their gout. In fact, 15 deaths from heart-related causes were observed among every 1,000 patients treated for a year with ULORIC.
Conversely, allopurinol, a well-known alternative gout medication, only showed 11 deaths from heart-related causes for every 1,000 patients treated with this drug for a year. (Source.)
Due to these findings, the FDA required the drug manufacturer to add a black box warning label and updated medication guide to show the potential risk of serious injury or death.
Deadly and Dangerous Side Effects Linked to ULORIC
In addition to causing strokes, heart attacks, and other cardiac events, ULORIC has been linked to other serious health conditions, such as:
- Liver damage
- Kidney failure
- Rhabdomyolysis (death of muscle fibers and release of their contents into the bloodstream which can lead to serious complications such as kidney failure)
Despite these potentially life-threatening health risks, the FDA advises patients to first speak with their medical care provider before they stop taking ULORIC. Namely because doing so may result in the worsening of gout symptoms.
How Can Filing a ULORIC Lawsuit Claim Help Me?
If you or a loved one suffered from any of the above-mentioned side effects while taking ULORIC, our legal team would like to speak with you. It is important that you find out if you may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.
Compensation won on your behalf may cover:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Future damages
- Long term care
- And, more