Febuxostat Uloric FDA Warning – Heart Attack Risk a Reality for Patients

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Gout Medication Launched After 40 Long Years

When Uloric was launched in 2009, it was hailed as the first gout medication in over 40 years, and was seen as a medication that would bring much-needed relief to hundreds of thousands suffering from this debilitating condition. However, things started unraveling when individuals started reaching out to their primary care providers as well as the FDA, complaining of harrowing side effects.

Some of the severe side effects associated with Uloric use include:

  • Kidney damage and failure
  • Liver damage
  • Rhabdomylosis or muscle tissue breakdown
  • Severe allergic reactions such as Stevens Johnson Syndrome and anaphylaxis
  • Stroke
  • Bone marrow failure
  • Rash
  • Autoimmune disorders

Febuxostat and Liver Function

According to past literature released by the FDA, it was shown that 4 percent of individuals involved in Uloric clinical studies had elevated liver numbers which are usually symptomatic of borderline liver damage. The liver enzyme numbers that were witnessed were over 3 times what one would normally see, and patients were presenting with upper right side abdominal pain, jaundice, vomiting, itching, confusion, malaise and nausea.

Cardiovascular Safety of Febuxostat

In November 2017, the FDA issued a directive after clinical trials showed the propensity for Uloric to increase the likelihood for cardiac incidences. In one particular study, 6000 individuals who were  more likely to suffer from non-fatal heart attacks, strokes and diminished blood supply to extremities and vital organs, necessitating surgery.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals – Denial May Have Led to Patients Developing Kidney Failure

Prior to this FDA warning, the makers of Uloric conveniently left out the fact that Uloric could cause kidney failure, with Takeda Pharmaceuticals stressing that there simply wasn’t enough data to prompt them to place a warning on medication packaging.

Whistleblower Calls Takeda Out

An ex-Takeda consultant who worked in drug safety and compliance blew the whistle on the company’s shady dealings in 2012, alleging that the company was hiding information about the severe side effects as well as alarming drug interactions attached to the company’s long list of medications.  The whistleblower added that Takeda was aware of the cardiac attack side effect associated with Uloric, but still chose to make the drug available for purchase. This effectively constitutes negligence via the failure to warn and failure to uphold their fiduciary duty to you, the consumer, thereby opening them up to litigation.

Uloric Lawsuit Help

If you file a Uloric lawsuit today, you may be able to recover compensation that may help undo some, if not all of the damage this drug may have done to your life or that of your loved one. You can sue for lost wages, present and future medical bills, pain and suffering, punitive damages, loss of consortium, loss of  enjoyment of life and so much more. Don’t wait until you get the green light for a Uloric mass action lawsuit: call us NOW at 1 (773) 825-3547 and we’ll help fast-track your case where possible so you’re able to move on with your life after the Uloric debacle. To see if you qualify for a gout medication lawsuit, please call us NOW for free – 1 (773) 825-3547 and speak with a real attorney. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.