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Injectafer Lawsuit

Injectafer Lawsuit

Lawsuits have been filed by people who received Injectafer® iron injections and suffered low phosphate levels (hypophosphatemia) and other severe side effects.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Injectafer induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with severely low phosphorus levels (hypophosphatemia), 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 Injectafer?

Injectafer® (ferric carboxymaltose) is an iron replacement injection for adults with Iron-Deficiency Anemia who can’t take an oral iron pill, or adults with chronic kidney disease who are not receiving dialysis. It is injected in two 750-mg doses, at least 7 days apart, for 1500-mg total.

Injectafer vs. Other Iron Injections

There are several types of iron injections available in the U.S., but Injectafer is the only one with Ferric Carboxymaltose (FCM). Unlike other iron injections, FCM can dramatically reduce levels of phosphate (phosphorus) in the body, causing Hypophosphatemia (HPP).

What is Hypophosphatemia?

Hypophosphatemia (HPP) is a condition that occurs when the body does not have enough phosphate to function properly. In very severe or persistent cases, HPP can cause death.

Signs & Symptoms of Hypophosphatemia

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Bone softening (osteomalacia)
  • Bone fractures
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Muscle weakness (rhabdomyolysis)
  • Muscle pain
  • Respiratory failure
  • Seizures
  • Heart failure
  • Irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmias)
  • Confusion and delirium
  • Coma
  • Death

What is Iron Deficiency Anemia?

Iron-deficiency anemia occurs when there is not enough iron in a person’s body. Iron is essential for the body to produce red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body.

What Causes Anemia?

People normally get enough iron by eating a healthy diet — but when people have a poor diet or problems absorbing iron, they can develop a shortage of iron, and then, a shortage of red blood cells. Over time, anemia can cause a wide range of life-threatening health problems.

Injectafer Linked to Severe Hypophosphatemia

Studies have linked Injectafer to a dramatically higher risk of HPP compared to other iron injections, such as Monoferric.

For example, two clinical trials in February 2020 found that 75% of patients given Injectafer developed HPP (blood phosphate level of 2.0 mg/dL or less), compared to just 8% of patients given another iron injection called Monoferric.

Furthermore, the study found that ZERO patients on Monoferric developed severe HPP, versus 11.3% of patients who got Injectafer.

Source: Wolf M, et al., “Effects of Iron Isomaltoside vs Ferric Carboxymaltose on Hypophosphatemia in Iron-Deficiency Anemia: Two Randomized Clinical Trials” JAMA. 2020; 323(5)423-443 (Feb. 2020).

FDA Updates Injectafer Label With Hypophosphatemia

In February 2020, the FDA ordered drug-makers to add a warning label for “Symptomatic Hypophosphatemia.” Even so, the label still does not address the severity of this condition — or the significantly higher rate of HPP that is linked to Injectafer vs. other iron injections.

Injectafer Lawsuits

A growing number of Injectafer lawsuits have been filed by people who were injured by low phosphorus levels. These lawsuits accuse drug-makers of failing to warn about the severe health risks of Injectafer.

For example, one of the first Injectafer lawsuits was filed by Christa C., a woman from Idaho who had to stop working due to numerous side effects, including pain, weakness, fatigue, sleep problems, and more.

Her lawsuit was filed on April 24, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania — Case No. 2:20-cv-02019.

Do I have an Injectafer Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Injectafer induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with severely low phosphorus levels (hypophosphatemia), 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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