Actemra Lawsuits

Rheumatoid arthritis medication Actemra linked to heart attacks, strokes and lung disease

Actemra linked to heart attacks and strokes.The Justice Attorneys at Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC are accepting clients who took Actemra and suffered a heart attack, stroke, lung condition or other severe adverse reactions. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Drug manufacturers Roche and their subsidiary Genentech released the drug Actemra (tocilizumab) in 2010. Actemra was designed to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in adult patients suffering with moderate to severe RA. The manufacturers of the new drug advertised it as a “unique breakthrough” and implied that Actemra was better and safer than its predecessors. Other drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis were labeled with warnings about the risk of heart attacks, heart failure and lung injuries, but Actemra had no such warnings.

Recently, a report by STAT News, which specializes in medical journalism, points to serious complications from Actemra. STAT News analyzed data from over 500,000 adverse events reported to the FDA in relation to Actemra. The results of this analysis point to the disturbing fact that Actemra may carry just as high a risk of heart attacks and strokes as the other, older medications. Of the 500,000 adverse reports reviewed, investigators found that 1,128 people died after using the medication. Investigators pointed out that there was “clear evidence” that the risks of heart attack, stroke and heart failure “were as high or higher for Actemra patients than for patients taking some competing drugs.”

According to STAT News, patients taking Actemra are 50% more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke than patients taking Enbrel, and are more likely to suffer lung disease than those patients taking Remicade. Actemra currently carries an FDA black box warning about infections, but there is no mention of heart attacks, strokes or lung injuries.

Injuries Associated With Actemra

Rheumatoid arthritis patients that are taking Actemra are at possible risk for the following severe side effects:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Life-threatening infections
  • Gastrointestinal perforation (bowel/intestinal perforation)
  • Lung disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Sudden Death

Now Accepting Actemra Lawsuit Clients

The Justice Attorneys at Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC are accepting clients who took Actemra and suffered a heart attack, stroke, lung condition or other severe adverse reactions. Contact us today for a free consultation.