Is Beovu Safe? Vision Loss a Possibility – McCready Law
Age-related macular degeneration is a condition that causes an individual’s eyesight to get progressively worse as they age. It makes it difficult to focus, see things that are both near and far, and can cause irritation, swelling of the eyes and even blindness in some cases. Beovu, or brolucizumab-bdll is a new drug that was recently launched prescribed to treat wet macular degeneration, which is typically seen in people over the age of 50. However, it was recently revealed that Beovu had the potential to cause vision loss and eye complications in people that took it for a sustained period of time, and that its makers, Novartis, knew about this side-effect but failed to inform the public, opening them up to a drug injury class action lawsuit.
Was your vision negatively affected by Beovu? If you experienced irreversible vision loss and other vision problems after a Beovu injection, you may be eligible for a drug injury lawsuit through which you can seek compensation for a number of things such as lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life, present and future medical bills, mental anguish, legal fees and so much more. More and more people are waking up to the fact that Beovu isn’t as safe as it was made out to be, and a class action lawsuit for Beovu known as mass tort litigation may be in the works in the near future. If you’d like to speak with an attorney for FREE to learn more about how to file a Beovu lawsuit, please contact us at (773) 825-3547.
How Does Beovu Work?
Beovu works by inhibiting endothelial growth factor, a chemical that the body uses to erroneously growing blood vessels into your retina, which then leaks fluid which ushers in the development of age-related wet macular degeneration. By blocking the production of growth factors, these blood vessels do not grow, thereby treated AMD. It is typically given as an injection in the eye, near your retina, administered every 2-3 months depending on the doctor’s discretion and the progression of the disease.
Beovu FDA Warning and Lawsuit
The FDA released warnings about Beovu causing blindness back in June 2020. The problem, however, was that over 50,000 individuals had already received the Beovu shot. A woman in Nebraska became one of the first to file a lawsuit alleging that Beovu led to blood blockage to her retina or to develop retinal artery occlusion, leading to permanent vision. In the suit, she blamed Beovu maker Novartis for failing to warn users about possible eye damage risks as well as failing to institute reasonable care when it came to producing as well as advertising this drug.
Earlier in February of 2020, the American Society of Retina Specialists or ASRS let its members know about the possibility for Beovu to cause severe side-effects such as vasculitis or retinal inflammation, a condition that could potentially lead to blindness. By March, individuals that had suffered vasculitis dramatically increased, leading the Society to issue a public warning.
Novartis – We Knew Beovu Was Problematic
What’s disturbing is that Novartis had known about this as seen by the release of documents on Beovu trials where about 3.3 percent of individuals involved in trials had developed retinal vasculitis, with 2.1 percent ending up with vascular occlusion. This was clear evidence that Novartis had knowledge of the potential for Beovu to cause vision problems, but opted not to include warnings in its packaging which could have potentially saved the vision of thousands of people who could have made informed decisions on whether or not to take the Beovu injection, or opt for something safer.
Here are the common eye injuries seen in people who took the Beovu injection:
- Eye inflammation
- Occlusive retinal vasculitis
- Vision loss
- Intraocular inflammation
- Retinal vasculitis
- Retinal artery occlusion
Is Beovu Safe? Apparently Not
One of the dangers posed by Beovu is its ability to cause delayed reactions. For instance, you can go for Beovu injections for many weeks or months, without knowing that the damage being done by the drug has already commenced. In addition, those with a history of eye problems are more likely to suffer these delayed reactions over time, so care is needed. In addition, delayed reactions may vary between patients, with some witnessing vision problems just a month after starting on Beovu injections, and others, over three months. This can be dangerous because more often than not, one cannot know that their eyesight is worsening until it is too late.
Retinal vasculitis is a condition that affects the blood vessels in your retina. When they get inflamed, they can interfere with the sending of signals to the inside of the eye or the retina, leading to permanent vision loss or blindness.
Here are some of the warning signs of retinal vasculitis:
- Light sensitivity
- Redness in the eyes
- An increase in eye floaters
- Vision changes
- Pain in eyes
- Blurry vision
- Vision loss
At the moment of writing this post (May 6, 2021), there has been no Beovu recall from either the FDA or Novartis. In addition, there have been no settlements involving Beovu eye injury claims, and investigations are currently ongoing. That being said, it is important that you get a head-start when it comes to filing a claim because these cases can be complex, and our Beovu lawsuit attorneys need sufficient time to gather all the evidence and hire experts to build a solid case on your behalf.
Beovu Lawsuit – File Yours Today!
By filing a Beovu lawsuit, you’ll be able to recover compensation to offset medical expenses and help with lost wages as well as long-term care if you developed permanent vision loss, as well as hold Novartis accountable for their negligence and last, but not least, let others know about these potential risks so you can help save their vision. Our Beovu lawsuit attorneys are available to speak with you at any time, and all initial telephone consultations are provided FREE OF CHARGE. Please call (773) 825-3547 to speak with a Beovu lawsuit attorney to learn more about your options for justice and compensation. We look forward to helping you.