Dangerous Drug Attorneys Koester & Bradley are Investigating the Gout Drug Uloric due to Severe Cardiac Injuries and Death
Gout is not an uncommon condition. According to the Modern Medical Network, nearly 4% of the United States population self-reported gout in 2008. Since that time instances of of gout have only been on the rise.
Acknowledging this robust and growing market, the pharmaceutical industry created medicines to address the American gout problem and make millions of dollars in the process. Takeda Pharma, a company that has already experienced significant legal trouble and lawsuits over its drug Actos which caused bladder cancer, began entered the gout treatment market with is successful drug Uloric in 2009. Since that time, patients in Illinois and across the country who took Uloric have experienced serious side effects from the drug, usually related to heart problems and even death.
Koester & Bradley is investigating claims and lawsuits against Takeda Pharmaceuticals over Uloric injuries and death. If you are presently taking Uloric, of have a close friend or loved one who is taking Uloric to treat gout, please consult your physician immediately. If you or a loved one has already experienced side effects from Uloric or cardiac events, or if a loved one has died after taking Uloric, you may be eligible to seek significant monetary compensation.
What is Gout?
What are the Symptoms of Gout?
The symptoms of gout are unique and painful and include:
- Inflammation and redness of joints
- Intense joint pain (commonly affecting fingers, wrists, elbows, knees and ankles)
- Lingering discomfort
- Limited range of motion
How is Gout Treated?
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB), Naproxen sodium (Aleve), Indomethacin (Indocin), Celecoxib (Celebrex), Colchicine (Colcrys, Mitigare), Corticosteroids
Medications to prevent gout complications and block uric acid production such as Xanthine oxidase inhibitors (XOIs), Allopurinol (Aloprim, Lopirun, Zyloprim), Febuxostat (Uloric)
Medications that improve uric acid removal including Uricosurics,Probenecid (Probalan), Lesinurad (Zurampic)
What is the History of the Dangerous Drug Uloric?
What Should I do if I am Taking Uloric?
Medication Guide for Patients
- Tell your health care professional if you have a history of heart problems or stroke.
- Discuss with your health care professional the benefits and risks of using Uloric to treat gout.
- Seek emergency medical attention immediately if you experience the following symptoms while taking Uloric:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Numbness or weakness on one side of your body
- Trouble talking
- Sudden severe headache
- Do not stop taking Uloric without first talking to your health care professional
Medication Guide for Health Care Professionals
- Uloric should be reserved for use only in patients who have failed or do not tolerate allopurinol.
- Counsel patients about the cardiovascular risk associated with Uloric.
- Advise patients to seek immediate medical attention if they experience any of the above-referenced symptoms while taking Uloric.
If you or a loved one has experienced cardiac-related issues after taking Uloric, we urge you to speak with an attorney experienced in handling cases of this type and magnitude. Call Koester & Bradley, LLP today at 217-337-1400.