Did you or a loved one take Uloric, also known as Febuxostat, for the treatment or management of gout?
Did you or your loved one suffer a heart attack or a heart-related experience that resulted in death while using Uloric?
Uloric was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009 for the treatment of gout, Uloric, also known as Febuxostat, is a medication taken orally that is designed to reduce the levels of uric acid in the blood. Uloric was the first medication to be approved for use in the treatment of gout in 40 years.
Despite the big promises made for Uloric when it first came out, recent studies suggest it has some extremely dangerous side effects in many cases. There are several class-action and mass tort lawsuits against Uloric’s manufacturers today, and there are individual lawsuits as well. Anyone injured through the negligence of a drug manufacturer or distributor has the right to full compensation.
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In 2017, the FDS issued two Drug Safety communications indicating that they would be evaluating the increased risk of heart-related deaths linked to Uloric and also evaluating death from all causes linked to Uloric.
Ten years after approving Uloric the FDA announced, in February 2019, that it required a boxed warning be added to the prescribing information after a clinical trial indicated that Uloric was linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular death and an increased risk of death from all causes. This comes after a study linked to Uloric found an increase in heart-related deaths. The label also warns physicians and prescribing doctors to consider the risks and benefits of Uloric when deciding as to continue patients on the drug.
The study was comparing Uloric to another gout medication, allopurinol. Other side effects from use of Uloric include non-deadly heart attacks, non-deadly strokes, and cardiac ischemia that required immediate surgery.
The FDA said that any Uloric patients who experience any of the following symptoms should seek immediate and emergency medical attention:
- Chest pain
- A rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Numbness/weakness on one side of the body
- Trouble talking
- Severe headache that comes on suddenly
At this time, the FDA is not recalling Uloric but if you or a loved one suffered from heart-related Uloric side effects or died while taking the gout medication, you may qualify to join this class action lawsuit investigation.
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