Ocaliva News in 2018 – Bile Duct Drug Lawsuits Imminent

Drug Injury

Primary biliary cholangitis is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks bile ducts, leading to a host of health complications, ending in liver cirrhosis, necessitating a liver transplant. Due to the progressive nature of this disease, it is important to treat it aggressively to maintain the integrity of the liver. Ocaliva is a drug manufactured by Intercept Pharmaceuticals, meant to treat this devastating condition, which works by reducing toxic bile acid buildup commonly seen in PBC while increasing bile acid flow out of the liver.

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Primary Biliary Cholangitis – An Introduction

Primary biliary cholangitis is a disease that may occur out of the blue. There may be no genetic predisposition to the condition, but it is thought that those with other autoimmune diseases may eventually develop some form of bile duct disease. That being said, the disease is progressive yet insidious, and many times, people only see a doctor when it is advanced, and the damage has already been done.

The immune system is trained to identify pathogens as well as foreign bodies, after which it attacks them so they don’t overwhelm or infect other areas of the body. The problem with PBC is that the body, for some reason, targets bile duct structures and cells, singling them out as foreign, thereby launching an attack against them. This, over time, causes inflammation, pain, bile duct dysfunction and liver disease.

Primary Biliary Cirrhosis Diagnosis

Many people only get to know when they have PBC when they go for a routine blood test for something completely unrelated. Once you get an official PBC diagnosis, doctors will require that you get an ultrasound scan in order to have a complete picture of your liver and bile ducts. In addition, you may be required to undergo a liver biopsy so doctors can opine the best mode of treatment for you.

Some of the most common symptoms of primary biliary cholangitis include:

  • Joint or bone aches
  • Dry mouth and eyes
  • Feeling sleepy during the day and insomnia at night
  • Itchy skin (may be localized or widespread)
  • Dizziness upon standing due to orthostatic or postural hypertension
  • Pain in the upper right quadrant of one’s stomach
  • Jaundice or the yellowing of the skin and eyes
  • Hypothyroidism

Progressive primary biliary cholangitis is seen via

  • Fluid buildup in one’s legs, feet and ankles
  • Fluid buildup in one’s stomach, causing stomach swelling
  • Pale stool and dark urine
  • Bruising and bleeding more easily
  • Concentration and memory problems

Ocaliva Deaths – The FDA Chimes In

Ocaliva was launched in 2016, and the FDA issued a warning less than a year after its launch. In a written notice, the FDA noted that 19 people had died and 11 others had suffered severe liver injuries after taking the drug, with 3 of these individuals dying at a later date. The notice stated that patients who had suffered severe liver damage were using Ocaliva at a dosage of 5mg a day. That being said, the drug’s labeling advised patients to take no greater than 10 mg at a dosage of twice weekly. The FDA also asked healthcare professionals to carefully assess a patient’s baseline liver numbers before putting them on the drug in order to lock in on the right dosage for them.

Ocaliva Side Effects

Here are some warning signs of acute liver injury caused by Ocaliva:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Bloody stools
  • Abdominal pain
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Anxiety
  • Pronounced jaundice

Ocaliva News and Lawsuits in 2018

Clinical studies usually involve rigorous and extensive testing to ensure drug safety. This can take a year or more, and involve hundreds, if not thousands of people. These are done to ascertain the safety of a drug as well as know what to look out for with regard to side-effects. It is alleged that Ocaliva was fast-tracked, deviating from standard drug development and testing protocol, which could explain the severe, life-threatening side-effects patients are now experiencing. According to product liability law, Intercept Pharmaceuticals failed to adequately warn you, the consumer, of potential and unreasonable health complications brought on by their drug. It also failed to place a black box warning on Ocaliva to warn you about the same, as well as breached fiduciary duty to put your health first. To this end, they are liable for any and all injuries suffered by patients just like you, making it possible to file an Ocaliva lawsuit to recover money damages.

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An Ocaliva lawsuit brought on by Ocaliva side effects will help you recover compensation that will go into paying for your present and future medical bills, lost wages, loss of consortium, pain and suffering, punitive damages, loss of enjoyment of life and even wrongful death if you lost a loved one to Ocaliva. At McCready Law, we’ve been fighting for the rights of injured individuals for over 20 years, and have among us over 70 years of combined experience handling these kinds of cases. Please get in touch with us TODAY at 1 (773) 825-3547 for a free case evaluation so we can advise you on the next steps to take if you’ve been hurt by Ocaliva. The call is free, and you’re under no obligation to have us take on your case. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.