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Beovu Lawsuit

Beovu Lawsuit

Beovu is an eye injection that is linked to dozens of reports of vision loss due to a side effect called retinal vasculitis.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Beovu induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with vision loss or blindness, 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.

UPDATE: Novartis Issues Warning for Beovu Retina Problems

In November 2020, Novartis warned that Beovu patients with certain retina problems may face a higher risk of severe vision loss and other vision-threatening side effects, such as retinal vasculitis or retinal vascular occlusion. According to a study of 12,000 Beovu patients, the patients who had the highest risk of Beovu retinal problems were the patients who had prior eye inflammation and/or retinal occlusion in the 12 months before their 1st Beovu injection.

What is Beovu?

Beovu (brolucizumab) is an eye injection made by Novartis. It was approved by the FDA in October 2019 for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (also called “wet AMD”).

What is the Problem?

Beovu belongs to a class of drugs called anti-VEGF therapy — but it is the only drug in this class that is linked to a type of eye inflammation called “retinal vasculitis,” which can lead to vision loss and blindness.

“Brolucizumab is not the only drug that can be used for the treatment of eAMD. In the face of the known risk, its use is unwarranted.” – American Journal of Ophthalmology, Is This a 737 Max Moment for Brolucizumab? (May 25, 2020)

What is the Risk?

  • Retinal vasculitis
  • Severe vision loss
  • Retinal vascular occlusion
  • Eye inflammation
  • Intraocular inflammation
  • Uveitis
  • Blindness

Novartis Confirms Beovu Vasculitis Risk

In February 2020, the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) warned about reports of severe eye inflammation in patients given Beovu. By March 27, the group said it was aware of 26 cases of occlusive retinal vasculitis, which can lead to permanent blindness. In April 2020, Novartis investigated the reports and confirmed a risk of vision loss due to vasculitis.

FDA Updates Beovu Safety Warnings

In June 2020, the FDA approved a label update for Beovu with safety warnings about “retinal vasculitis” and “retinal vascular occlusion.” Dr. Paul Hahn, an expert who moderated a panel on drug safety, warned that: “1 in 200 represents the overall risk of any patient beginning [Beovu] therapy losing six or more lines of vision due to occlusive vasculitis.”

What Should I Do?

Novartis urges patients on Beovu to seek immediate care from an ophthalmologist if their eyes become red, sensitive to light, painful, or develop vision changes (i.e. blurry vision, floaters).

Signs & Symptoms of Beovu Vasculitis

  • Eye redness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Eye pain
  • Changes in vision
  • Blurry vision
  • Increase in floaters
  • Vision loss
  • Blindness

What is Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Wet age-related macular degeneration is an eye disease that affects millions of people globally. The symptoms may include blurry vision, blind spots, dark spots in the center of their vision, or distorted vision.

Do I have a Beovu Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Beovu induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with vision loss or blindness, 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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