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Lymerix Side Effects May Result In Lyme Disease Lawsuits

Lymerix | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Side Effects: Severe Arthritis, Contraction of Lyme Disease

Lymerix (Lyme Disease Vaccine [Recombinant OspA]) maybe linked to severe arthritis and the contraction of Lyme Disease itself. Lymerix is a vaccine intended to protect against Lyme Disease. Federal health authorities are investigating whether some people who received the Lymerix vaccine later developed severe cases of arthritis and even Lyme disease itself as a result.

The FDA has received reports of such problems, mainly from doctors and researchers in the Northeast. The FDA approved the vaccine in 1998 and hundreds of thousands of Americans have received it. The vaccine is made by SmithKline Beecham Biologicals, a subsidiary of the British pharmaceutical company SmithKline Beecham.

It is too early to know how many people have been injured by the Lymerix vaccine. But in interviews reported in The New York Times, more than a dozen doctors in areas where Lyme disease is common say they have treated 170 people with arthritis and Lyme disease that they attribute to the Lymerix vaccine. The New York Times also reported that some doctors say the FDA should never have approved the Lyme vaccine or should have responded more quickly to adverse reports.

Lymerix May Be Linked To Lyme Disease

Dr. Andrea Gaito, a New Jersey rheumatologist and president of the International Lyme and Associated Disorders Society, said she had told the agency that 21 patients developed severe arthritis soon after being given the vaccine by other doctors. In The New York Times article, Dr. Gaito stated that she believed the vaccine caused arthritis and Lyme disease itself, but that the problems were not always linked to the vaccine because it took effect only after three immunization shots were given over the course of a year. Dr. Gaito believes the FDA should withdraw the Lymerix vaccine.

Legal Help For Victims Affected By Lymerix

If you or a loved one took Lymerix and suffered side effects, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified drug side effects attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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Vaccine Maker Pulls Drug Off Market

Feb 26, 2002 | AP
With tick season approaching, the maker of the nation's only vaccine against Lyme disease pulled it off the market, citing poor sales. Lymerix had caused controversy in recent years, as patients said they were sickened by the vaccine and asked the government to restrict sales. Some filed lawsuits against maker GlaxoSmithKline.Federal health officials said Tuesday they had found no evidence that the vaccine was dangerous. They urged people in Lyme-plagued states to take precautions against the...

Report: Four suffer arthritis after controversial treatment

Apr 28, 2001 | Newsday
Researchers have reported four cases of temporary arthritis they believe are associated with a controversial Lyme disease vaccine.Since the vaccine LYMErix was approved in December 1998, there have been questions about whether it might cause arthritis in some people. GlaxoSmithKline, the vaccine maker, has maintained that there have been no higher incidence of arthritis than seen in a normal population. Although there have been dozens of anecdotal reports of arthritis-like reactions to the...

People sickened by Lyme vaccine urge FDA action

Feb 2, 2001 | AP / CNN Interactive
About a dozen people who believe they were severely sickened by the Lyme disease vaccine pleaded with government scientists Wednesday to restrict vaccine sales or at least to insist that doctors disclose all possible side effects. Vaccine safety experts found no proof that the Lymerix vaccine is dangerous the rare cases of arthritis and other symptoms could be coincidence. But they called the accusations troubling and demanded that Americans be better informed before being inoculated. The Food...


May 21, 2000 | Newark Star Ledger
Jenny Marra wakes each morning with aching bones. The joints in her arms and legs are so stiff that her husband and often helps her out of bed. She can't do routine chores, such as shopping and cooking. And playing with her 10-year-old son is now a rarity.These severe pains began only last year, shortly after Marra, 41, was given the new vaccine for Lyme disease. Her doctor believes it was the Lymerix vaccine that actually caused the kind of arthritic symptoms it is supposed to...

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