Humira is a medication produced by Abbott that was created to inhibit the increase of tumor necrosis factors in the patient’s body. The TNF produces an inflammatory response that results in autoimmune diseases like ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurativa, refractory asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. To treat these disorders, patients take drugs such as Humira to stop TNF production.
The drug is FDA approved and is derived from human monoclonal antibody. Although it hinders autoimmune diseases from developing, prolonged use of Humira may increase the patient’s risk of infection. The drug is also known for leaving some patients with more infections than before taking it.
Humira Lawsuit Status
A Tennessee man has filed a lawsuit against Abbott that he has developed serious fungal infections from taking Humira. Frederick Delano stated that the drug was prescribed for his arthritis. However, Abbott failed to adequately warn people about the fungal infections that may occur after prolonged use of their drug.
Delano was treated with Humira in October 2008 and was diagnosed with disseminated histoplasmosis four months later. It was only a month after he started taking the drug when FDA ordered a black box warning for the drug. The product liability lawsuit claims that the fungal infections almost killed Delano and he is seeking punitive and compensatory damages against the manufacturer.
Common Side Effects that Have Resulted in Humira Lawsuits
Lawsuits over the drug have alleged that the manufacturer failed to emphasize its risk of nerve damage. The label downplayed Humira’s potential damage to the central nervous system that may cause demyelination and optic nerve injury. Within two years of the drug’s release, the FDA reports that at least nine patients experienced neurological problems while two had optic neuritis.
Cancer in Different Body Parts
Patients commonly take Humira to treat ulcerative colitis, juvenile arthritis and Crohn’s disease. Over the years, there have been numerous side effects that include tumors and cancer in certain body parts. A recent study showed that patients who take the drug have three times the risk for developing cancer. It also proved that those who take higher doses also have increased risk.
Hepatosplenic T-cell Lymphoma
Hepatosplenic t-cell lymphoma is a rare disease of the cytotoxic t-cells. These t-cells infiltrate the bone marrow, liver and spleen. Patients who take Humira medication may also develop this disorder. They commonly have signs and symptoms such as anemia, leukocytosis and thrombocytopenia.
Sarcoidosis is another major disease that patients acquire from long term use of Humira. This is a systemic inflammatory disease that affects any organ in the body. The disease has signs and symptoms such as fatigue, weight loss, shortness of breath, rashes, aches and pains all over, dry eyes and swollen knees.
Humira targets the inhibition of t-cells that help its autoimmune response. This results in certain kinds of infections that can be severe. Patients may develop TB, pneumonia, sepsis and other types of fungal infections.
Health Conditions to Look Out For Before Taking Humira
The Food and Drug Administration issued Humira a black box warning. This provides people with adequate information about the drug’s side effects such as TB, fungal infection and other fatal infections. The warning also includes information about existing diseases that should be considered before taking the drug.
Cancer patients or survivors and those who are scheduled for major surgery should inform their physician. This is because the drug may increase their risk of developing cancer cells. Patients with existing Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis and heart failure should also take precautionary measures before proceeding with this treatment.
People who are allergic to latex or rubber should take special precautions as this can increase their body’s negative reaction to the drug. Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should also inform their doctor first to determine if they the drug is safe to take. This includes women who are planning to get pregnant or breastfeed.
Severe Humira Side Effects
These are alarming side effects that may lead to serious health conditions or even death to the person taking the drug. They may also result in a cause for filing legal cases against the drug manufacturer.
- Bacterial Infection of issues or Blood
- Infection in the Throat, Nose, Sinuses and Kidneys
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Heart Attack
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Abnormal Heartbeat
- Malignant Pigmented Mole or Tumor
- Malignant Lymphoma
What Can Victims of Humira Do?
Consult a Physician
Those who suffer from severe side effects from prolonged Humira treatment should first consult their physician. They should be assessed clinically in order to determine the severity and extent of infection or disease. Patients should also obtain medical advice from their doctor before deciding to completely stop the treatment.
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