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Actemra Lawsuit – Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Drug

Actemra® Facts: Failure to Warn

Stat News presents a compelling piece on the absence of warnings in the Actemra label regarding the increased risk of heart attack, stroke, interstitial lung failure, acute pancreatitis, and death.

Stat News analyzed Food & Drug Administration (FDA) data in an attempt to determine the adequacy of the Actemra® label. It found 1,128 deaths in Actemra users have been reported to the FDA since the launch of the product. It also found an unusually large number of serious adverse events that did not appear.

It also found an unusually large number of serious adverse events that did not appear in the drug’s label.

For instance, it found:

Adverse Event

Heart attack Stroke Heart Failure Interstitial Lung Disease Pancreatitis
Drug
Actemra
Labeled? No No No No No
Cases 410 359 224 222 132

Adverse Event

Drug
Actemra
Labeled? Cases
Heart attack No 410
Stroke No 359
Heart Failure No 224
Interstitial Lung Disease No 222
Pancreatitis No 132

Other RA drugs such as Remicade® and Humira® warn of the risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure, interstitial lung disease and pancreatitis. On the other hand, the Actemra® label is silent regarding these life threatening and altering medical conditions.

Approximately 1.5 million Americans have rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is an autoimmune disorder where the body’s immune system begins to attack and destroy the body’s joints. RA is a painful and disabling disease.

When Actemra® was marketed in 2010 it was not associated with heart attack, stroke, heart failure or life threatening lung disorders. However, the approval was based solely on short term studies with the hope that long term studies would establish the safety and effectiveness of Actemra.

Taken intravenously or by injection, Actemra® has been used by over 760,000 patients. Actemra generated over 1.7 billion in revenue in 2016 for its manufacturer Genetech a division of the Roche Group.

Do Not Stop Using Your Prescription Medicine With-Out First Consulting Your Physician.

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