The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on February 21st, 2019, that taking Uloric (febuxostat) increases one’s risk of cardiovascular events and death as compared to the risks from taking an alternate gout medication, allopurinol. You may be entitled to financial compensation if you or a loved one suffered from heart-related death, non-fatal heart attack or non-fatal stroke while taking Uloric.
If you or a loved one suffered a cardiac event while using Uloric, contact the dangerous drug attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen now for a free and confidential consultation. Call us today at 1-800-718-4658, use the live chat feature or complete the contact form on this page. Don’t wait as there are strict time limitations for making a claim.
Uloric FDA Alert
The FDA’s safety announcement included notice of updates to Uloric’s prescribing information, including a new patient medication guide. The FDA’s Uloric warnings include recommending that patients talk to their doctors before discontinuing Uloric use so their gout doesn’t worsen.
Uloric Black Box Warning
The FDA’s announcement also included notice of a required boxed warning for Uloric’s prescribing information. A boxed warning, also known as a black box warning, is the FDA’s strongest, most prominent warning.
Uloric Side Effects
The FDA notice recommends that patients immediately seek emergency medical attention if they experience any of the following symptoms while taking Uloric:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Irregular or rapid heartbeat
- Weakness or numbness in only one side of the body
- Sudden and severe headache
- Difficulty talking
For a complete list of Uloric side effects, please see WebMD.
Uloric Cardiovascular Risk
Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Uloric, conducted an FDA-mandated clinical trial into the drug’s safety. The study found that 15 patients out of every 1,000 Uloric patients die from heart-related causes, as compared to 11 out of every 1,000 allopurinol patients. The study found that 134 out of 3,098 Uloric patients suffered cardiovascular death, compared to 100 out of 3,092 allopurinol patients. Sudden cardiac death was the most common form of cardiovascular death for Uloric patients.
Is Uloric Safe?
The FDA advises patients to inform their doctors of any history of heart issues or stroke before taking Uloric. The FDA advisory committees voted 19-2 that Uloric risks are outweighed by Uloric’s benefits in certain patient populations. The FDA recommends that Uloric only be prescribed to patients who can’t use allopurinol due to ineffectiveness or severe side effects. No Uloric recall has been announced.
What Is Uloric Used For?
Uloric is used to treat gout, a painful form of arthritis caused by too much uric acid in the blood. The uric acid crystallizes, causing the gout. A high concentration of uric acid can be caused by diet, genetics and/or other health issues. Regular meat and seafood consumption, beer drinking and being overweight increase the likelihood of developing gout. Genetics are responsible for about 60% of uric acid level variability.
Allopurinol and probenecid are alternative medications used for gout prevention. The symptoms of gout can be managed with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), colchicine and/or steroids.
Find Out If You Have A Uloric Side Effect Claim
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious cardiovascular event, including death, while using Uloric, immediately contact the defective drug lawyers of Nadrich & Cohen. Call now to speak to a Uloric lawsuit attorney by calling 1-800-718-4658 for a free, confidential consultation.
We are contingency lawyers, so there is no upfront fee for our services. You will never owe us anything out of pocket. We only collect a fee, if a recovery is made. Don’t wait as there are strict time limitations for making a Uloric side effect claim.