If you took the osteoarthritis medication Limbrel and suffered life-threatening health issues like hypersensitivity pneumonitis or drug-induced liver injury, you may be entitled to compensation for damages caused by your injuries.
Contact the defective drug lawyers at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy for a free legal consultation to review your options. We are currently investigating claims for patients who were injured while taking this medication. The manufacturer, Primus Pharmaceuticals, could be held liable if you began taking this medication before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked it to immediately recall the drug in Nov. 2017.
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HEALTH PROBLEMS LINKED TO LIMBREL
The drug Limbrel has been marketed as a medical food that can help patients manage the dietary and metabolic processes associated with osteoarthritis. This is a medical condition that causes cartilage in the joints to break down, resulting in stiffness, swelling and pain.
According to Primus Pharmaceuticals, Limbrel is designed to restore a patient’s metabolic balance to help reduce inflammation.
However, the FDA has received numerous reports of severe injuries from this drug, including hypersensitivity pneumonitis and drug-induced liver disease.
This refers to pulmonary disorders that can cause inflammation of the alveoli in patients’ lungs when they inhale organic dust particles. This condition is sometimes referred to as allergic alveolitis or extrinsic allergic alveolitis.
Some of the most common symptoms of this medical condition include:
- Chronic bronchitis
- Heavy breathing
- Flu-like symptoms
- Clubbing in the fingers or toes
- Shortness of breath
- Fibrosis in the lungs
Seek medical attention immediately if you took Limbrel and are experiencing any of these side effects.
DRUG-INDUCED LIVER DISEASE
Another problem with Limbrel is that it may damage your liver, either from the outside or by transforming into a toxic substance once inside this organ. This is known as drug-induced liver disease- and it has been associated with prescription medications like Limbrel, along with over-the-counter medications, vitamins, hormones, herbs or illegal drugs.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have drug-induced liver disease and should seek medical treatment right away:
- Jaundice, or yellowing of the skin
- Bruising easily
- Accumulation of fluid in the legs and abdomen
- Gastrointestinal discomfort
- Lost appetite
- Kidney failure
Drug-induced liver disease and hypersensitivity pneumonitis could be life-threatening and will likely result in expensive medical bills, along with physical pain and suffering and various other damages. Patients suffering these issues should contact a trusted attorney to find out if they can file a Limbrel lawsuit to obtain compensation for these expenses.
In September 2017, the FDA started to investigate the increase in reports of serious adverse events caused by Limbrel, including drug-induced liver disease and hypersensitivity pneumonitis.
The FDA had received almost 200 adverse reports by early November of that year. The organization decided this was enough evidence to link Limbrel to these severe side effects and released a public advisory on Nov. 21, 2017. The FDA advisory told Limbrel patients to immediately stop taking the drug because of the risk of severe, possibly life-threatening medical problems.
Just nine days later, on Nov. 30, 2017, the FDA requested that the manufacturer voluntarily recall Limbrel. The company chose not to do a recall so the FDA made a formal request for a recall on Dec. 18, 2017.
The FDA requested that Primus recall and immediately cease distributing the following Limbrel products:
- Limbrel500 capsules (500 mg flavocoxid with 50 mg citrated zinc bisglycinate)
- Limbrel (flavocoxid) 250 mg capsules
- Limbrel250 capsules (250 mg flavocoxid with 50 mg citrated zinc bisglycinate)
- Limbrel (flavocoxid) 500 mg capsules
The FDA has recommended a Class I recall of Limbrel, which means the drug is a serious health hazard that could endanger patients’ lives.
MISBRANDING LIMBREL AS A MEDICAL FOOD
The FDA’s formal recall request stated that the recalled Limbrel products were unapproved new drugs that had been distributed in violation of two sections of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The FDA communication noted that these products met the definition of new drugs under section 201(g)(1)(B) because they were intended to cure, mitigate, treat or prevent disease.
However, the FDA said Primus made misleading and false claims that Limbrel was a medical food meant to help patients manage symptoms of osteoarthritis. The FDA communication said Limbrel products do not fit the definition of medical foods under the Orphan Drug Act (21 U.S.C. § 360ee(b)(3)), which says these products are meant to be used under doctor supervision to help with specific dietary needs and nutrition requirements of certain diseases or medical conditions.
Limbrel cannot be classified as a medical food because there are no distinctive nutritional requirements for people diagnosed with osteoarthritis, according to the FDA.
Primus Pharmaceuticals’ false and misleading claims about Limbrel mean that it could be held liable for injuries patients suffered while taking this medication. Drug manufacturers have a legal obligation to produce safe medications and advertise them correctly so patients and their doctors know the risks.
The defective drug attorneys at our firm can review your situation and determine if you can file a Limbrel lawsuit.
CONTACT US TODAY ABOUT A LIMBREL LAWSUIT
Our attorneys are currently investigating claims by those who suffered severe side effects while taking Limbrel. We are prepared to launch a comprehensive investigation of your situation to determine if you are owed compensation for medical expenses and other damages. We can manage every aspect of the complicated legal process to pursue the justice and compensation you deserve.
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