The Vickery Law Firm has extensive experience in pharmaceutical litigation. Our Humira lawyers currently represent a number of clients across the United States who have personal injury or wrongful death claims allegedly related to Humira.
Humira, a Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) drug, is prescribed for treatment of autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn’s disease, and plaque psoriasis. It was approved by the FDA in December 2002, and launched by Abbott Laboratories in 2003 with a label, designed for physicians, that warned of little more than the risk of tuberculosis. Since that time, the label has been changed and warnings and risks added, as mandated by the FDA, over 20 times and the length of the label has grown 4-fold. The Black Box warnings have greatly expanded. A guide for patients was finally added, but with only limited information.
Unlike the warnings in 2003, Humira’s label now warns of serious opportunistic infections, malignancies, nervous system disorders including multiple sclerosis, heart failure, and a multitude of problems with drug-interactions.
Abbott’s $6.5B/year blockbuster drug Humira has been associated with extremely serious adverse side effects in three broad categories: (1) malignancies, (2) neurological disorders, and (3) “opportunistic infections.”
What is Humira
Humira (also known as adalimumab) is a Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) Inhibitor that is indicated for the treatment of the following autoimmune diseases: rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn’s disease, and plaque psoriasis.
Humira is administered subcutaneously and works by blocking tumor necrosis factor, a protein that is naturally released by certain cells of the immune system. TNF’s primary roll in the body is to regulate immune responses in order to defend the body against infectious diseases and foreign materials. TNF promotes an inflammatory response, which initiates the healing process.
People with autoimmune disease produce extra amounts of TNF, leading to pain, inflammation and cell damage as the immune system mistakenly starts attacking healthy tissue. Humira blocks the TNF, which might help relieve the symptoms of the underlying disease, but at the same time compromises the immune system and its ability to do its job.
Consequently, Humira has been associated with a plethora of devastating, even deadly, side effects.
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