Our law firm is currently handling lawsuits on behalf of individuals who have been injured or suffered death after taking Uloric to treat gout. Lawsuits against manufacturers of Uloric claim that there is an increased risk of heart-related death and death in general while being treated with Uloric.
Uloric is a first line medication for the treatment of gout, a form of arthritis characterized by severe bouts of pain and swelling in a joint, usually the big toe. This occurs when uric acid accumulates and causes attacks in the body. Gout is a chronic ailment that affects over 8 million adults in the United States.
Uloric was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009 and became widely used for the treatment of gout. Because there are limited treatment options for gout, it is frequently prescribed by healthcare providers to manage the disease.
In 2019, the FDA alerted consumers that there is an increased risk of death while taking Uloric compared to allopurinol, an alternative gout treatment. A lawsuit against the manufacturer of Uloric in 2011 claimed that the manufacturer concealed serious side effects of the medication. The FDA did not update its labeling requirements to warn of these side effects until 2019. Uloric was prescribed to millions of patients before it contained warnings of heart-related deaths.
Uloric carries the risk of serious injury or death. Uloric has been linked to adverse cardiovascular events. Complications of taking Uloric include chest pain, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, numbness, dizziness, severe headache, heart attack, and stroke. Patients with a history of cardiovascular problems should consider alternative medications to treat their gout.
If you or a loved one has been injured by Uloric, you may recover compensation for any or all of the following:
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In 2019, after the FDA determined that Uloric presents an increased risk of death, it mandated that the manufacturer, Takeda, include a black box warning to notify patients of the risk of cardiovascular complications and death. The FDA also recommended that Uloric be used only by patients who could not tolerate the alternative drug, allopurinol.
Takeda had conducted a clinical trial in 2018 at the urging of the FDA. The results of the trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, revealed an increased risk of death for patients taking Uloric. The study concluded that deaths from cardiovascular events and other deaths were more frequent in patients who took Uloric than those who took allopurinol (26 deaths per 1000 in the former and 22 deaths per 1000 in the latter).