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Actemra Lawsuit

Actemra Lawsuit

Actemra is an arthritis medication that is linked to hundreds of deaths and serious side effects like heart attack, stroke, lung disease, and pancreatitis — but patients were not warned.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Actemra induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

What is Actemra?

Actemra® (tocilizumab) is an injection for adults with chronic inflammation due to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA). Actemra treats these conditions by blocking substances that cause inflammation. It is made by Genentech/Roche and gained FDA approval in 2010.

What is the problem?

Investigators with STAT identified 1,128 reports of Actemra patients who died, as well as more than 13,500 side-effect reports. Hundreds of those users died of heart failure and other side effects that are not on the label for Actemra.

According to investigators:

“[STAT] found clear evidence that the risks of heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, and other conditions were as high or higher for Actemra patients than for patients taking some competing drugs.”

Those competing drugs — Enbrel, Humira and Remicade — all carry warnings about cardiovascular side effects. According to investigators, “FDA should immediately consider warnings for heart failure and pancreatitis.”

Actemra Linked to 50% Higher Risk of Heart Attack

In a head-to-head study, patients on Actemra had 50% more heart attacks and strokes vs. patients on Enbrel. The label on Enbrel prominently warns against prescribing it to patients with cardiovascular disease because Enbrel may cause or worsen heart problems. The label on Actemra does not.

Actemra Problems Emerged in 2009

Concerns about Actemra emerged in 2009, before it was approved in the U.S., when 15 people died in a study of 5,000 patients in Japan. Another 221 of those patients developed severe side effects like pneumonia and high fever, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Actemra Side Effects

Actemra is associated with severe side effects, such as:

  • Heart failure
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Pancreatitis
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Infection
  • Gastrointestinal perforation
  • Death

Over 5% of people who use Actemra will develop these common side effects:

  • Upper respiratory tract infections
  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased ALT levels in blood tests
  • Injection-site reactions

Do I have a Actemra Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Actemra induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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