Uloric Linked To Cause Stroke & Heart Attack
Uloric is a prescription medication used to treat people suffering from gout. Uloric was first put on the market in the United States in February of 2009. The drug company who developed and sold Uloric is Takeda Pharmaceuticals. When Uloric was first put on the market, Takeda Pharmaceuticals did not warn doctors, or their patients, that Uloric could cause an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes or other cardiovascular problems, and that it could even cause death.
Our experienced team of medical product liability lawyers is now helping people who suffered a heart attack, stroke or death while taking Uloric medication to treat their gout. These ARE NOT lawsuits against the doctors who prescribed Uloric. These ARE products liability suits against Takeda Pharmaceuticals. The Takeda lawsuits are centered on a “failure to warn” claim because Takeda failed to warn people taking Uloric of the increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
If you, or a loved one, suffered a heart attack or stroke while taking Uloric, or if a loved one died of a heart attack or stroke while taking Uloric, please contact our legal team now for a free, no obligation consultation. You may be entitled to substantial compensation for your injuries caused by Uloric.
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WHAT IS GOUT?
Gout is a form of arthritis characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, swelling, redness, and tenderness in the joints. Gout is often found in the lower joints such as in the ankles, feet and towes, but it can also be in the wrists, hands and fingers. Gout results from elevated uric acid levels in the bloodstream.
Gout is a disease that can be very painful and debilitating. There are only a few medicines on the market to treat gout and the medication allopurinol has long been the go to medication to treat gout. Allopurinol has an established safety profile and has been available as a generic medication since 1984. Only patients with severe renal dysfunction, or those who cannot tolerate allopurinol, should take Uloric. Allopurinol is an effective gout medication, with a history of use without severe side effects and it is also much cheaper than Uloric.
WHAT IS ULORIC?
Uloric (Febuxostat) is a xanthine oxidase inhibitor prescribed for the management of chronic hyperuricemia in adult patients with gout. Uloric originally received FDA approval on February 13, 2009. When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Uloric in 2009, the FDA was concerned Uloric could be dangerous and could cause cardiovascular conditions so it required that Takeda conduct a mandatory post-marketing cardiovascular safety study.
The results of the 6,000-patient safety study trial were published in the New England Journal of Medicine on March 12, 2018. The authors of the study found a statistically significant increased risk of cardiovascular death for users of Uloric compared to users of allopurinol.
WHAT ARE THE ULORIC LAWSUIT DAMAGES?
If you or a loved one experienced a heart attack, a stroke or death, while taking Uloric, then we will be seeking the following damages for you:
- Past and future medical and funeral expenses that resulted from the injuries.
- Past and future pain and suffering (physical and mental) caused by the injuries, and the treatment and recovery process.
- Past and future wage loss.
- Past and future loss of earning capacity.
- Past and future loss of the enjoyment of life.
- Punitive damages, if appropriate.