Raptiva Side Effects – Raptiva Recall

Raptiva (efalizumab) is being recalled by its manufacturer, Genentech Incorporation, after reports linking the plaque psoriasis drug to a rare brain infection. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a public health advisory and a “black box” warning, the sternest FDA warning. In response, Genentech Inc. is withdrawing Raptiva from U.S. markets.

Raptiva is an injectable immunosuppressant that treats plaque psoriasis, a chronic autoimmune disease that affects the skin and joints. The drug is recommended to be used weekly in adults older than 18 years. Research has suggested that prolonged use of Raptiva in those younger than 18 years old could lead to a permanently suppressed immune system.

Raptiva Brain Infection – Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML)

The FDA has received several reports that suggest a correlation between Raptiva and several life-threatening infections, including bacterial sepsis, viral meningitis, invasive fungal disease and progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML).

There have been three confirmed deaths due to PML in Raptiva patients. Many suspect Raptiva suppresses the immune system to an extent that leaves users vulnerable to several serious infections, especially PML.

PML Symptoms

PML is a very rare brain infection caused by a virus that affects the central nervous system. Symptoms of PML include:

  • Weakness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Changes in vision
  • Personality changes
  • Difficulty speaking

PML typically occurs in those with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) or those undergoing immunosuppressive therapies.

Raptiva Brain Infection Lawsuit

PML is an extremely rare brain infection that is believed to be linked to defective drugs, Raptiva and Tysabri. Defective drugs are subject to strict product liability laws, which can award both compensatory and punitive damages to victims.

The Pensacola, Florida lawyers at Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis and Overholtz are highly experienced at filing defective drug lawsuits and other product liability cases. They combine their expertise and experience to create a strong case against negligent companies. To review your claim with AWKO today, please contact their office at (844) 794-7402.