Do you suffer from gout and currently take the prescription medicine Uloric (febuxostat)? Have you suffered a cardiovascular event like a stroke or heart attack? If you answered yes to these questions, please contact Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys to speak with a Uloric attorney today.
Black Box Warning
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a black box warning for Uloric, as the drug has been determined to increase the risk of cardiovascular events. The black box warning follows the joint panel meeting on January 11, 2019 of the FDA’s Arthritis Advisory Committee and Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee, where a vote passed (19-2 with one abstention) stating that the benefits of Uloric outweigh the potential risks.
Public Citizen and other independent groups believe that the black box warning is not enough of a response. They believe the drug should be recalled from use due to some alarming case studies and two initial rejections of the drug.
Cardiovascular Safety Risks Linked to Uloric
A post-market CARES study of gout treatment drugs associates Uloric with an increased risk of heart-related deaths.
The 6,000-subject trial found that there were 26 deaths from any cause per 1,000 patients treated for a year with Uloric, 15 of which were heart-related, compared to the 22 deaths from the patients treated with allopurinol, 11 of which were heart-related.
Other Potential Health Risks
Heart attacks, strokes, and even death cause concern for patients taking Uloric. As such, the black box warning advises health care professionals to counsel patients about the risks associated with taking the drug.
However, heart-related risks and death are not the only health concerns that have been linked to the prescription drug Uloric.
- Liver damage – Uloric can cause abnormalities in the liver’s enzymes, which can indicate severe damage to your liver. Your liver filters out the toxins and other harmful substances from your body, and it can mean life or death if it does not function properly. Patients who have gout and diabetes are more likely to suffer from liver damage.
- Rhabdomyolysis – This serious syndrome stems from direct or indirect muscle injury. It results from the death of muscle fibers and releases into the bloodstream. One of the most concerning things about rhabdomyolysis is that a previous history of this syndrome can also increase the risk of it appearing again. Symptoms of this syndrome can vary, but some of the most common include pain in the shoulders, thighs or lower back; dark or decreased urination; and muscle weakness.
Victim of a heart attack after taking Uloric? Contact us today!
If you or a loved one suffers from gout and has experienced any of the following after using Uloric, please contact Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys today: heart attack, liver failure, rhabdomyolysis, or other serious health complications.
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