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What Is Humira?
Humira is the trade name for Adalimumab, which is a type of anti-inflammatory drug. Humira and other Adalimumab-based drugs are often used to treat conditions such as arthritis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, and other autoimmune medical conditions. It works by inhibiting certain physical reactions that lead to inflammation characteristic of many auto-immune diseases.
Recently, Humira has been named one of the world’s top-selling drugs. However, it has also been linked to various harmful side effects and reactions, some of which have been life-threatening or even fatal. Product safety laws regulate the manufacturing and distribution of Humira and other prescription drugs.
Are There Any Dangers or Injuries Associated with Humira?
Since Humira works by suppressing certain immune system functions, one of the greatest risks associated with the drug is that of infection. After taking Humira, certain medical conditions such as a previous tuberculosis condition may reactivated due to the body’s inability to counteract the conditions through regular immune system functioning. New infections can also occur, and cases of fatal infection linked to Humira have been reported.
Thus, patients should inform their physicians of all previous illnesses and conditions before using Humira. Other injuries and dangers associated with Humira include:
- Increased risk of cancer, especially solid tissue cancers
- Liver disorders
- Cardiac issues
- Various auto-immune disorders, often with lupus-like symptoms
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized Adalimumab as a dangerous drug with risks for potentially life-threatening side effects. As such, the FDA has issued a black box warning, requiring special informational packaging inserts to be included with the products, as well as special instructions for doctors regarding screening of their patients prior to prescribing the drug.
What If I Have Been Injured through the Use of Humira?
It may be possible to recover damages for injuries resulting from the use of Humira. This is especially true if issues such as product defects are involved, including situations where the special warnings were not included on the packaging. In addition, medical malpractice claims can result in cases where a physician is found to be negligent in administering Humira, such as prescribing incorrect amounts or prescribing addition medications that cause negative reactions when taken with Humira. In the past, plaintiffs have been able to recover damages for injuries suffered as a result of taking Humira through class action lawsuits.
Should I Hire a Lawyer for Help with a Humira Lawsuit?
Humira is a widely popular drug, but it is also associated with some very dangerous side effects. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need help with any type of dangerous drug issue. Your attorney can provide you with legal research regarding products laws as well as medical profession standards. If you need to file a lawsuit for damages, your lawyer can provide you with legal representation in court throughout the entire process.
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Last Modified: 07-23-2015 04:42 PM PDT
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