Actemra Lawsuit Claims & Settlements

Our team of defective drug lawyers and attorneys at Hood National Law Group are currently filing lawsuit claims with potential large cash settlements for people hurt from the drug called Actemra.

The basis of this Actemra lawsuit is fairly simple: Genentech, a wholly owned subsidiary of Roche, failed to warn both doctors and users of the potential side effects including lung disease, increased stoke risks, myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and even death in some patients.

An investigational journal (source link below) featured a story on Actemra and noted some startling data that illustrated that hundreds of people who have taken Actemra had died from strokes, myocardial infarction and other heart conditions.Actemra lawsuit

If you or someone you love has suffered a heart attack, heart failure, lung disease or pancreatic cancer related to Actemra contact us today for a complete evaluation for your claim, there may be substantial cash payouts from the makers of Actemra.

What is Actemra prescribed for?

Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammation in hands, wrists, and knee joints.  This condition affects 1% of Americans.  Physicians aren’t sure of the cause of this fairly common disease.  Most of the drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis are classified as NSAIDS (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Most of these drugs carry warnings of heart attack and other heart risks on their labels, Actemra does not.   

Actemra works different: Tocilizumab (Generic name) blocks the interleukin (IL)-6 receptor to stop the production of inflammation in the body. actemra class action lawsuit

Actemra (Tocilizumab) was developed and marketed starting in 2010 by Genentech (Roche Inc.) it is an immunosuppressive drug and can be used to treat both moderate and severe rheumatoid arthritis.

It was later approved by the FDA in May 2017 for the additional use in treating Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA).

Method of administration is intravenous (in monthly injections).  It’s estimated that close to one million people have used Actemra.  Genentech has reported $1.7 billion in Actemra sales for 2016.

FDA Black Box warning for Actemra

The FDA has received reports of 1,128 patients died after taking Actemra.

When STAT was looking at the data, it appeared that the rate of risks of heart attack and other side effects was as high or even higher than other rheumatoid arthritis drugs.  So again we ask: Is the FDA doing enough long term studies on this and other drugs?  What about post market studies, were they done for Actemra?

FDA adds new Actemra Approval

On May 22, 2017 the FDA grants and expands approved use of subcutaneous Actemra (tocilizumab) to treat adults with Giant Cell Arteritis.

Badrul Chowdhury, M.D., Ph.D., and director of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Rheumatology Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research states:  “We expedited the development and review of this application because this drug fulfills a critical need for patients with this serious disease who had limited treatment options.”

Actemra Side Effects, Warnings and Precautions

According to the FDA approved label for Actemra, the most common side effect is serious infections.

Other known side effects include:

  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Pancreatitis
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Gastrointestinal Perforation (bowel perforation)
  • Death
  • Nasopharyngitis
  • Dizziness
  • Tuberculosis

What is the Actemra MDL?

MDL stands for multidistrict litigation.  MDLs help speed up the litigation process by bringing similar lawsuits together in one court. Attorneys on both sides are able to collaborate during the discovery process, which saves time and resources. A few cases are usually picked to be tried first. These are called bellwether trials. Bellwether trials give attorneys the chance to test out legal theories before a jury and can help inform settlement negotiations.Actemra Litigation

Verdicts or settlements awarded in an MDL are handed down individually in each case. This means global settlements are not split equally among all plaintiffs, like in a class action lawsuit. Instead, they are distributed among plaintiffs on a case by case basis and are often determined by the extent of the plaintiffs’ injuries.

Actemra Class Action Lawsuit

Three recent questions about the Actemra lawsuit.

  • How much can you get for an Actemra lawsuit?
  • How much would the cash payout be for Actemra?
  • I took Actemra and had a heart attack, how much compensation would I get?
  • How much is the settlement in the Actemra lawsuit?

The answer to these questions can be difficult to predict, as the class action for this hasn’t started yet. There is still time for join in this Actemra lawsuit, but there are statutes of limitations that apply. This drug may enter into MDL status (see above).

Some of the past defective drug lawsuits have had millions of dollars in a compensation fund, and then that is divided up between all who have joined the lawsuit. Example: $50,000,000 in a settlement fund that would serve 1,000 victims would be $50,000 per person. This is only an example and does not represent what may happen for Actemra.

If you or someone you love took Actemra and suffered from a heart attack, heart failure, pancreatitis or worse, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Not sure if you have a case? Call us today to speak with a member of our legal team. We can answer your questions and help you determine if your case qualifies for a possible lawsuit.

Actemra Lawsuit claims are available in these States:

Alabama (AL), Alaska (AK), Arizona (AZ), Arkansas (AR), California (CA), Colorado (CO), Connecticut (CT), Delaware (DE), Florida (FL), Georgia (GA), Hawaii (HI), Idaho (ID), Illinois (IL), Indiana (IN), Iowa (IA), Kansas (KS), Kentucky (KY), Louisiana (LA), Maine (ME), Maryland (MD), Massachusetts (MA), Michigan (MI), Minnesota (MN), Mississippi (MS), Missouri (MO), Montana (MT), Nebraska (NE), Nevada (NV), New Hampshire (NH), New Jersey (NJ), New Mexico (NM), New York (NY), North Carolina (NC), North Dakota (ND), Ohio(OH), Oklahoma (OK), Oregon (OR), Pennsylvania (PA), Rhode Island (RI), South Carolina (SC), South Dakota (SD), Tennessee (TN), Texas (TX), Utah (UT), Vermont (VT), Virginia (VI), Washington (WA), Washington DC (DC), West Virginia (WV), Wisconsin (WI), Wyoming (WY)

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0012454/?report=details#side_effects

https://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Treatments/Tocilizumab-Actemra

(Subscription based) https://www.statnews.com/2017/06/05/actemra-rheumatoid-arthritis-fda/

Actemra claims & settlements, lawyer lawsuit page updated August 22, 2017