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Viberzi Pancreatitis Lawsuit

Viberzi Pancreatitis Lawsuit

The anti-diarrhea medication Viberzi is linked to 2 deaths and 120 cases of pancreatitis (pancreas inflammation). Patients who do not have gallbladders are at an increased risk of severe side effects.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Viberzi induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with pancreatitis after taking Viberzi, 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 Viberzi?

Viberzi (eluxadoline) is a medication for adults with irritable bowel syndrome where the primary symptom is diarrhea. Viberzi is a new type of drug that stops diarrhea by slowing down muscle contractions in the intestines.

What is the Problem?

Slowing down bowel contractions is an effective way to stop diarrhea, but it can potentially cause other muscles to slow down the flow of digestive juices into the intestines. This side effect is called Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction. It normally causes pancreatic enzymes to back up into the gallbladder, but in patients without a gallbladder, it causes pancreatic enzymes to back up into the pancreas. This can cause a severe case of pancreatitis, or a sudden inflammation of the pancreas.

What is Pancreatitis?

Acute pancreatitis is a life-threatening condition that involves inflammation in the pancreas. The pancreas is an organ located behind the stomach that releases powerful enzymes into the intestines to digest food — but if these enzymes back up i the pancreas, they digest the pancreas instead.

FDA Warning for Pancreatitis & Death

In May 2017, the FDA published a safety warning after 2 deaths and 120 cases of severe pancreatitis in patients on Viberzi. Some cases occurred after just 1 or 2 doses of Viberzi. The FDA warned that Viberzi should not be used by people without a gallbladder due to the increased risk of severe pancreatitis and death.

Symptoms of Pancreatitis

  • Stomach or abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Fever
  • Body chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Indigestion
  • Fatigue

Treatment for Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is a serious medical condition that requires hospitalization because patients will not be able to eat or drink anything for at least a few days while the pancreas recovers. The patient will need intravenous (IV) fluids, painkillers, and antibiotics to prevent infection. In severe cases, the patient will need to use a feeding tube for a few weeks until the pancreas has healed and the inflammation goes away.

Do I have a Viberzi Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Viberzi induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with pancreatitis after taking Viberzi, 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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