New York Viberzi Attorneys
Sold by Allergan, Viberzi (eluxadoline) is an irritable bowel syndrome medication for adults where the primary symptom is diarrhea. The FDA warned in March 2017 that this drug should not be used in patients who do not have a gallbladder due to reported cases of pancreatitis, an acute disease that leads to hospitalization and, in some cases, death. However, it should be noted that there were cases of pancreatitis in patients who still had their gallbladder!
Pancreatitis is a life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas, an organ essential in producing digestive enzymes and hormones. Shockingly, Allergan’s so-called blockbuster drug was responsible for a sharp spike in pancreatitis injuries reported to the FDA, 120 reports of pancreatitis or death between May 2015 and February 2017.
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FDA’s Listing of Pancreatitis Symptoms
Viberzi works by activating opioid receptors in the gut to decrease bowel contractions, which leads to less diarrhea. It can also help to ease stomach-area or abdomen pain and improve stool consistency. The FDA now states that a patient Stop taking Viberzi right away and get emergency medical care if you develop new or worsening (with or without nausea and vomiting)
- Stomach-area or abdomen pain
- Pain in the upper right side of stomach-area
- Abdomen pain that may move to the back or shoulder
FDA’s New Recommendations Before Starting Treatment
The FDA further warned that before starting treatment with Viberzi, patients should tell their health care professional if they:
- Have no gallbladder
- Have or may have had a blockage in your gallbladder or a sphincter of Oddi problem
- Have had inflammation of your pancreas
- Have serious liver problems
- Have a history of chronic constipation or may have had a bowel blockage
At Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP, our New York product liability attorneys have extensive experience handling cases involving dangerous drugs involving personal injury and wrongful death, including drug-induced pancreatitis from diabetes medications. We are focused on helping individuals achieve financial and emotional relief from the physical and financial hardships they are enduring. All suits for clients are filed individually and litigated in courts which are strategically advantageous for a client's individual claims.
Our attorneys are highly experienced and will work with you personally to determine the extent of the monetary damage this drug has caused you, and what legal remedies are at your disposal. Our ultimate goal is to help you obtain monetary compensation for the financial hardships you face. Our firm will litigate your case from start to finish, and we do not involve other firms.
Plaintiffs accuse the manufacturers of designing defective drugs, failure to warn, and breach of warranty, negligent misrepresentation, and fraudulent concealment. Lawsuits for defective drug injuries can be very complex as defective products cause life-changing, even fatal injuries to innocent individuals every year. In fact, studies show a significant increase in cancer cases due to the use of these drugs. If you or someone you love has suffered due to this type of negligence, it is important to speak to an experienced lawyer who can help you file a claim to:
- Seek compensation for injuries, medical expenses, pain, and suffering and other economic damages, as well as punitive damages you need to make it through this difficult time.
- Make sure others are protected from these destructive practices
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If you or a loved one developed pancreatitis after taking Viberzi,please contact us today, online or by telephone at (888) 260-0473 to speak with an experienced New York drug product liability law firm.
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