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Find Out if You May Have a Potential Lemtrada Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Claim
Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) is a drug used to treat patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) who have a highly active disease defined by clinical and imaging analysis, and who have not responded to at least two other disease-modifying treatments (DMTs) or who cannot receive other treatments for separate health reasons. A post-market clinical trial revealed that some patients experienced life-threatening and fatal health conditions resulting from Lemtrada treatment. Some patients participating in the study developed autoimmune hepatitis (AIH), hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), and temporally associated serious cardiovascular reactions.
Because of the serious and fatal health conditions associated with the post-market study, Health Canada, which is Canada’s version of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has issued a safety notification to patients and healthcare providers. The notification directs healthcare providers to closely monitor patients with blood testing and checking vital signs before during and after Lemtrada infusion treatments. The FDA has not yet issued a similar safety notification for patients and healthcare providers in the United States. However, the post-market study results should be concerning to patients who have been treated or who will be treated with Lemtrada infusions in the future.
At Parker Waichman LLP, we handle complex pharmaceutical, medical device, and consumer product liability cases that involve serious personal injuries and death. If you or a loved one has received Lemtrada infusions for the treatment of RRMS and you have sustained injuries or lost a loved one, you may be entitled to compensation. To learn more about your situation, it is crucial to speak with a qualified Lemtrada Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawsuit Lawyer.
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Health Canada’s Lemtrada Safety Notification
On October 15, 2019, Health Canada, Canada’s regulatory agency monitoring prescription drugs and medical devices, issued a safety notification and notice to healthcare providers about serious side effects associated with the use of Lemtrada to treat patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). The side effects were discovered during a post-market study. Health Canada’s notice is mainly directed to neurologists, family physicians, emergency physicians, internists, cardiologists, multiple sclerosis nurses, and hospital pharmacies. However, all patients who have been treated with Lemtrada or who plan to receive Lemtrada treatment in the future should be aware of the potential dangers associated with the drug.
Serious and Fatal Medical Conditions Associated with Lemtrada
According to Health Canada’s Lemtrada Safety Notification, some patients involved in the post-market study experienced the following medical conditions as a direct result of Lemtrada treatment:
- Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH);
- Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH); and
- Temporally associated serious cardiovascular events.
Affected patients experienced some of these conditions shortly after Lemtrada infusions, and some patients, unfortunately, died from the resulting medical conditions.
Instructions for Healthcare Providers
Health Canada’s Lemtrada safety notification advises healthcare professionals to do the following when treating patients with Lemtrada:
- Evaluate serum transaminases (ALT and AST) as well as total bilirubin levels before beginning Lemtrada treatment and periodically for 48 months after a patient receives the last Lemtrada treatment.
- Pause or completely stop Lemtrada treatment and immediately measure serum transaminases and total bilirubin if patients have clinical signs and symptoms of hepatic dysfunction, including unexplained liver enzyme elevations.
- Promptly evaluate patients with symptoms of pathologic immune activation and consider a possible diagnosis of HLH.
- Monitor patients’ vital signs, including blood pressure, before and during Lemtrada infusion treatments. If a patient has any clinically significant changes in vital signs, healthcare professionals are advised to stop treatment and consider appropriate interventions.
Lemtrada’s product label has been updated in Canada to include new safety information and indications to reflect the dangerous side effects experienced by some patients involved in the Lemtrada post-market study.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Lemtrada Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawsuits and Settlements
How will a Lemtrada Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawsuit Lawyer Determine if I Have a Potential Legal Claim?
Once you speak with a member of our legal team, one of the Lemtrada Lawsuit Lawyers of Parker Waichman LLP will evaluate the facts of your potential case and provide you with a thorough response. Our lawyers will want to know whether you or your loved one has a diagnosis of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), when you or your loved one underwent Lemtrada treatment, and what health condition(s) you or your loved one experienced during or after receiving Lemtrada treatments. Based on this information, our attorneys can tell you whether you have a potential legal claim.
How Long Does It Take to Receive Compensation?
Lawsuits can take a very long time to resolve, especially when they involve hundreds or thousands of clients who have suffered similar injuries. In some cases, clients may receive compensation in one year or less. However, for many clients, it can take two or more years to obtain compensation if the claim is successful. It is important to remember that some cases may not be successful and, therefore, may not result in compensation. While Parker Waichman LLP works hard to recover compensation for all clients, no attorney can guarantee a positive result as all cases are different and the outcome can be unpredictable.
Why Should I Choose Parker Waichman LLP Instead of Another Firm?
Parker Waichman LLP has dedicated and highly skilled lawyers who handle many complex product liability cases regularly. While there are many excellent attorneys and law firms, Parker Waichman LLP can reach clients nationwide and has the resources to provide all clients with superior legal representation. Parker Waichman LLP has not only the resources to handle numerous cases, but also has the reputation, success, and strong advocacy skills you need and deserve in a lawyer.
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If you believe you or a loved one has a potential Lemtrada claim, you should consider seeking the advice of a Lemtrada Personal Injury and Lawsuit Lawyer. At Parker Waichman LLP, our legal team is standing by to evaluate your potential claim by providing a free case review. To find out if you or your loved one may be entitled to compensation, contact our office today by calling 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
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