What is Uloric?
Manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the drug has been used to treat joint pain, swelling, and other symptoms of gout, a form of arthritis, by lowering the uric acid levels in the blood, since 2009 when it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Gout is caused by high uric acid levels in the blood, which leads to the sufferer experiencing symptoms such as joint stiffness, swelling and pain. In the United States, there are 8.3 million people struggling with gout. Between 2012 and 2017, Takeda Pharmaceuticals reported $1.9 billion in sales of Uloric, whereas medical professionals have written over 1.3 million prescriptions for the medication within only 12 months.
In 2019, the Food and Drug Administration made public the results of a safety clinical trial involving Uloric, which revealed that the chronic use of the medication can lead to a great risk of cardiovascular death. The clinical trial monitored over 6,000 patients and cardiovascular death occurred in 15 out of 1,000 of the individuals who had been taking Uloric for one year. It is worthy of note that the safety clinical trial was comparative, as it also monitored people who had been taking allopurinol, another gout medication sold under the brand name Zyloprim. Cardiovascular death affected 11 out of 1,000 patients who had been taking Zyloprim. The clinical trial also found that 26 deaths from any cause occurred in every 1,000 patients who took Uloric, whereas 22 deaths from any cause were reported among those who had been taking allopurinol.
What health problems can taking Uloric regularly cause?
According to medical studies, the health issues after taking Uloric for one year or longer primarily target the heart and the cardiovascular system. However, there are other noteworthy side-effects associated with the drug, such as gout flares, liver problems, and severe allergic reactions. Nevertheless, the most common and serious health conditions that can ensue following treatment with Uloric are the following:
- heart attack
- heart disease
- unstable angina
- heart failure
- cardiovascular death
These are some of the symptoms that people who have been taking Uloric may experience if they developed a serious health condition affecting the heart:
- rapid or irregular heartbeat
- chest pain
- numbness in one side of the body
- swelling in the legs, ankles, and feet
- difficulty breathing and talking
- fatigue and weakness
If you notice a new onset of symptoms following treatment with Uloric, please seek medical attention immediately, as your life may be at stake. By timely diagnosing any heart problem, the risk of death decreases significantly. Furthermore, if you developed a heart issue after regularly taking Uloric, you may be eligible for compensation, so we strongly encourage you to contact our law firm. After a thorough case review, our skillful attorneys will be able to tell you with certainty whether you are eligible for filing a claim to recover the money you deserve for your injury.
For what heart conditions can I recover financial compensation?
While treatment with Uloric can lead to the development of multiple health problems, you can only seek financial compensation if you have one of the following heart conditions, whether you are a patient or a surviving family member:
- heart attack
- cardiovascular death
By filing a claim with Takeda Pharmaceuticals, not only will you recover the compensation you are entitled to for your physical and emotional suffering, but you will also hold the responsible company liable for their negligence to provide a warning concerning the serious health effects of taking Uloric. With over 25 years of professional experience, our attorneys will gladly help you obtain the money you deserve for your injury within the shortest time possible. It is important to know that if you lost a family member who had been taking Uloric to cardiovascular death, you can file a wrongful death claim to recover financial compensation on their behalf. Our resourceful legal team will provide you with the assistance you need throughout the entire process, which requires minimal involvement on your part.