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A study conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded that 14 liver failure fatalities and at least 49 severe liver injuries between August 2002 and May 2009 were connected to the use of the antirheumatoid medication Arava (leflunomide), manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis. Patients who have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and prescribed Arava trusted that the medication they were taking would help them manage their condition, not negatively affect them in other ways. As a result, some Arava patients and family members of wrongful death victims may consider seeking compensation by pursuing an Arava liver failure lawsuit.
Arava was approved by the FDA in 1998 and has included a side effects warning label since 2003; however, after the results of the FDA's study, those warnings were not substantial enough and did not provide enough detail regarding the severity of potential liver failure and other serious side effects.
The FDA stated on July 13, 2010 that black box warnings on all Arava medication packages will be required. The new black box warning for Arava issued by the FDA cautions that those with pre-existing liver conditions or heightened levels of enzymes in their liver should stop taking Arava immediately and consult with their physician. While the most common symptom of a reaction to Arava is jaundice, other serious side effects include:
- Liver failure or severe liver damage
- Coagulopathy or blood clotting problems
- Encephalopathy or brain disease
- Chest pain
- Blistering on the inside of the mouth, nose, or eyelids
- Blistering or peeling skin
- Joint disorders
Because many rheumatoid arthritis sufferers were prescribed Arava, there is a risk that more patients will be injured or even die because of liver failure or other conditions related to the medication. Families who have already lost a loved one due to liver failure brought on by Arava not only feel grief for the loss of their loved one, but may also experience significant financial loss in addition to other damages. In cases where an unsafe drug such as Arava has caused the death or severe liver damage of a patient, families have certain legal rights under Pennsylvania law that allow them to hold negligent parties responsible. A reputable Pennsylvania Arava injury attorney can help a family navigate through the complex laws that surround pharmaceutical litigation and find justice for their loved one.
An Arava liver failure lawsuit in Pennsylvania may sound intimidating, but a qualified Arava liver failure side effects lawyer understands the legal process and will be able to help determine the damages that you and your family may be eligible for. Medical expenses and, in the event of a wrongful death, funeral expenses and other financial hardships, may be incurred due to a victim's consumption of the medication. While no amount of money will be able to turn back the clock, it will help give victims and their families some peace of mind. Damages that a victim may be entitled to in an Arava liver failure lawsuit include, but are not limited to:
- Pain and suffering
- Future pain and suffering
- Loss of income
- Medical expenses
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of a help
- Funeral expenses in the event of a wrongful death
If you or a loved one has suffered severe liver injury due to Arava, the first step you'll want to take is to hire a reputable and understanding Pennsylvania pharmaceutical liability lawyer. They can help gather evidence and develop a strong case while taking some of the burden off of you so that you can start rebuilding your life. The attorneys at Monheit Law have unparalleled experience in pharmaceutical litigation and will represent you to the best of their ability in a Pennsylvania court room. To see how we can assist you, please call 866-761-1385 to schedule a free evaluation of your case.