Find out if you have a Remicade lawsuit claim
Remicade was approved for the treatment of Crohn’s disease in August, 1998. In November 1999, the FDA approved Remicade to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Over 150,000 people worldwide have taken Remicade which is made by Johnson & Johnson’s Centocor unit.
Remicade controls the pain associated with the chronic inflammation in the lining of the joints, known as rheumatoid arthritis, and the pain from Crohn’s disease, an intestinal disease. Known generically as Infliximab, Remicade is an immune-suppressing drug.
The concerns for Remicade side effects including Tuberculosis arose from a study conducted by researchers from the FDA as published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Oct. 11, 2001. Their study found that from August 1998 to May 2000, 70 people treated with Remicade developed Tuberculosis (TB) and four of those patients died as a result. The report explains that TB cases occur in arthritis sufferers at an annual rate of approximately 6.2 cases per 100,000. However, for patients taking Remicade the rate was 24.4 per 100,000.
The results of the Remicade study suggest that taking the drug nearly quadruples the risk of developing tuberculosis. Since the study, the FDA has issued a series of warnings and now requires the drug to carry a special “black box warning” on its label, warning of the risk of tuberculosis. The revised labeling indicates that patients should be tested and treated for latent (inactive), TB prior to Infliximab therapy, so that the immune-suppressing medication will not increase the tuberculosis risk.
Symptoms of tuberculosis include severe cough, chest pain, night sweats, chills, weight loss, fever, fatigue, and weight loss.
If you or a loved one may have been injured by Remicade side effects, you should call our personal injury law firm now at 1-800-THE-EAGLE (1-800-843-3245) or SUBMIT A SHORT AND SIMPLE CASE FORM HERE. You may have a Remicade lawsuit and be entitled to compensation for your injuries.