More than eight million Americans will suffer gout in their lifetime, but there are few medications available to treat this painful condition. One of the few medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of gout is Uloric. If you’ve suffered from gout since 2009, then you may have taken Uloric or it may currently be prescribed for you.
Is Uloric Safe?
A medical doctor can explain all of the benefits and risks of Uloric for you. Below are answers to some questions that are commonly asked about Uloric. You may wish to use this information as a starting point when you speak with your own physician.
Has the FDA Issued Any Warnings About Uloric?
Yes. The FDA’s most significant Uloric warning to-date came in February 2019. At that time, the FDA required Takeda, the maker of Uloric, to add a black box warning to Uloric. A black box warning is the FDA’s strongest possible warning on a drug label. For Uloric, the black box warning must inform patients that there is an increased risk of heart-related deaths and deaths from all causes for people taking Uloric.
Additionally, the FDA limited Uloric’s approval to patients whose gout symptoms were not improved by allopurinol and patients who experienced significant side effects from allopurinol.
These FDA actions came almost a year after the results of a clinical study published in the March 2018 New England Journal of Medicine found that Febuxostat, the primary ingredient in Uloric, is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular death.
What Side Effects Are Associated With Uloric?
The most significant side effect is death from cardiovascular causes. Other side effects include heart attack, stroke, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, angina, and other less serious side effects such as nausea, dizziness, and joint pain.
Is Any Medical Monitoring Necessary While Taking Uloric?
The Uloric label recommends monitoring for signs and symptoms of myocardial infarction and stroke. Additionally, lab testing of liver function is recommended at two months, four months, and periodically after that. Your doctor may recommend additional monitoring or testing.
Uloric Injuries and Deaths Lead to Additional Questions
If you are hurt or your loved one dies while taking Uloric, then you may have a legal claim. Most people who suffer Uloric injuries have never sued a large pharmaceutical company like Takeda before. The process can be confusing, but here are answers to some basic questions.
Can I File an Uloric Lawsuit?
If you suffered a serious cardiovascular condition while taking Uloric or if your loved one died from a cardiovascular condition while taking Uloric, then you may be able to pursue a lawsuit. Some lawsuits have already been filed and more are expected to be filed.
When Should I Contact an Uloric Attorney?
You should call an attorney as soon as possible after you are hurt or your loved one dies. Your time to pursue a case against Takeda is limited by law, but there is no penalty for contacting an attorney early. The sooner you talk to a lawyer, the sooner you will know if you have a potential claim and what steps you should take to protect your legal rights and financial recovery.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire an Uloric Injury Lawyer?
We can’t speak for every Uloric attorney, but we can explain our policy at Keefe Disability Law. Our lawyers want all injured parties to be able to pursue justice from large and well-funded pharmaceutical companies like Takeda. Accordingly, we are happy to provide free case evaluations, and we are paid on a contingency fee basis. That means that our legal fees are an agreed upon percentage of your settlement or court verdict. If you don’t make a legal recovery, then we don’t get paid.
Schedule your free consultation with an Uloric injury lawyer today. Call Keefe Disability Law or start a live chat with us anytime to learn more and to start protecting your rights.