Uloric Gout Lawsuit
Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints. There are several medications available on the market for the treatment of gout. It has been found that one of these medications, Uloric, has been associated with an increased risk of death.
If you or a loved one have taken Uloric and have suffered from debilitating injuries or if someone in your immediate family has died as a result of taking the medication, you may be eligible for compensation. Attorney Stephanie Lyons can help your case and see to it that justice is served.
What is Uloric?
Uloric (febuxostat) is a prescription medicine prescribed to patients with gout caused by hyperuricemia. It is manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals and was introduced into the market with FDA approval in Feb. 2009. However, the success of the product was limited due to findings that it can increase the risk of cardiovascular-associated death.
Hyperuricemia and Gout’
In most cases, uric acid is removed through urination. In individuals with hyperuricemia, excess uric acid remains in the body causing urate crystals to build up in the joints, fluids, and tissues in the body. In some cases, hyperuricemia can cause gout which brings on arthritis-like symptoms.
Uloric works by blocking the metabolic processes in the body that create uric acid. This helps to prevent a build up of urate crystals which trigger gout.
Uloric Clinical Trials
Uloric was approved in 2009 after two failed attempts at approval in 2005 and 2006. Because the FDA was skeptical of approving Uloric, they required Takeda to conduct a post-market safety clinical trial of the product.
During the trial, 6,000 individuals suffering from gout were treated with either Uloric or allopurinol. Those taking Uloric were found to have a higher rate of heart-related death, non-deadly heart attack, non-deadly stroke, and inadequate blood supply to the heart requiring heart-related surgery as compared to those taking the other medication.
As a response to the trials, the FDA updated the safety warning to include a black box warning, the most severe type of warning that could be issued. However, they did not take the medication off the market which raised concerns among patients and medical professionals.
Seeking Legal Help for Your Uloric Gout Lawsuit
Just because Uloric is technically FDA approved, that doesn’t mean you are not eligible to seek compensation for any health issues that you may have suffered as a result of taking the medication.
If you or a loved one has taken Uloric and have experienced the following:
- Heart related to death
- Heart attack
- A debilitating injury related to the inadequate blood supply to the heart
Stephanie Lyons can help. Lyons is a caring attorney who has years of experience in the field of pharmaceutical drug law.
She is skilled at taking on companies that fail to alert patients on all risks of taking their products, and she can help you get the compensation you deserve.
If you are suffering from health conditions due to taking Uloric to treat gout, call Stephanie Lyons first. She will see to it that justice is served.
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