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Limbrel has been advertised as a drug that may help “manage the metabolic processes associated with osteoarthritis.” Primus Pharmaceuticals, which is based in Scottsdale, Arizona, manufactures the drug. The FDA has advised Primus Pharmaceuticals to issue a voluntary recall of the drug. However, thus far, Primus Pharmaceuticals has not ordered a recall.
FDA Status of Limbrel
Currently, the FDA deems Limbrel a new, unapproved drug. The FDA has informed medical providers that any patients taking Limbrel should stop. In addition to the threat of a dangerous liver injury, hypersensitivity pneumonitis may also occur in those who take Limbrel. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is a condition in which the alveoli in the lungs become inflamed.
FDA Investigates Allegations Severe Limbrel Complication and Side Effects
The FDA started looking into reports of severe complications reported by Limbrel users at the beginning of September. Just two months later, by November 21, 2017, the agency had documented close to 200 reports of adverse events. In 30 of the cases, the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) causality assessment method was implemented to analyze whether there was a correlation between the drug and these adverse incidents. Since November 21, 2017, additional reports of adverse events have been documented.
The FDA is continuing its investigation into Primus Pharmaceuticals and Limbrel. Specifically, the FDA is examining the product samples, formula, and manufacturing procedures for the drug. The FDA will continue to provide updates to the public and to healthcare providers as frequently as possible.
Limbrel is distributed as a capsule. It has two doses, Limbrel250 and Limbrel500. The product packaging with Limbrel indicates that it contains two different flavonoids, catechin (derived from Acacia catechu) and baicalin (derived from Scutellaria baicalensis). In addition to flavonoids, Limbrel contains zinc as well.
Patients and medical providers may report symptoms related to Limbrel to the MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.
What do I do if I have been taking Limbrel?
If you have been prescribed Limbrel, you should immediately contact your medical provider to discuss the FDA’s recent reports. Your medical provider may order tests to determine if the drug has caused any side effects. You should also make a list of any symptoms you have been experiencing since you began taking Limbrel, regardless of whether you think they are related to the drug or not.
What if I have been injured by Limbrel?
If it is determined that Limbrel has resulted in your liver damage, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, or other harm, you may be entitled to damages. You should consult with an experienced products liability attorney as soon as possible to gain an understanding of your legal rights.
Drug manufacturers have a duty to produce medications that are safe for consumption. If a drug causes harm to those who take the drug, these manufacturers may be liable for the victims’ injuries.
However, there are specific findings that must be established before a drug manufacturer will be held responsible for a drug-related injury in a products liability claim.
All of the potential defendants in a drug injury case must be properly identified. Possible defendants in a drug injury case include the doctor that prescribed the drug, pharmaceutical sales representatives, the hospital or medical facility that provided the drug, the testing laboratory, the pharmacy, and, of course, the manufacturer of the drug.
Additionally, it must be proven that the drug is defective. Was the drug manufactured improperly? Was the drug inherently dangerous? Were inadequate warnings or improper labeling responsible for the harm you suffered? A drug may be defective if the answer to any of these questions is in the affirmative.
In addition to proving that the drug is defective, you must also show that the drug directly caused your injury. For example, if you have suffered liver damage from taking Limbrel, you must show that no other explanation is possible for your liver damage—no preexisting conditions that could cause liver problems, for example.
Proving that the drug was responsible for your harm can be complicated. However, products liability attorneys experienced in drug injury cases know what steps to take to ensure this link is supported. Products liability attorneys will gather evidence, such as company records and medical records, to justify the claims that are alleged in a case. In addition, they often consult with medical experts and other individuals who may offer insight into the drug and how, specifically, it could harm certain patients.
One of the most contested matters in any personal injury claim, especially those involving drug injuries, is the damages. The purpose of damages is to make a plaintiff “whole” again—essentially, reimbursing the plaintiff for the harm he has endured because of the injury. In a drug injury claim, damages may include one or more of the following:
- Medical bills, such as emergency room bills, hospital bills, physical therapy bills, and other expenses from medical providers and facilities.
- Lost wages, if you had to miss time from work to recover from your injuries. For example, if you were hospitalized for an extended period of time, you may be able to claim lost wages if you had to miss a lot of work.
- Pain and suffering, which is awarded to compensate the victim for discomfort caused by the injury, scarring, disability, and other such harm that cannot be quantified in a dollar amount.
- Emotional distress, which compensates a victim for depression, anxiety, and other such effects a physical injury may have. It is not unusual for personal injury victims to suffer psychologically after they are injured.
- Loss of consortium, which compensates the spouses and loved ones of a personal injury victim for the damage caused to a relationship. For example, a claim may be filed on behalf of a victim’s children if the victim can no longer parent the children the way that he or she used to.
- Loss of enjoyment of life, which compensates a victim for the inability to participate in activities and other fun parts of life post-injury.
- Punitive damages may also be awarded if a defendant’s behavior was especially egregious and caused injury to others. For example, if a drug company knew that harmful, life-threatening side effects would occur in those who took the drug and failed to recall the drug, punitive damages may be appropriate.
Depending on the individual facts of the case, numerous types of damages may be awarded.
Time is Limited to File a Limbrel Claim
However, time is of the essence in Limbrel claims. There are deadlines that limit the amount of time injured individuals must file a claim. If a Limbrel claim is not filed by the deadline, the injured victim may completely lose the right to recover damages.
If you were prescribed Limbrel, call today to speak with our experienced drug injury attorneys.
Call Parker Waichman LLP to Protect Your Legal Rights
At Parker Waichman LLP, our products liability attorneys are experienced in drug injury claims of all types. Our Limbrel lawyers will evaluate your case and, if you retain our services, will devote our resources and talents to your recovery. To schedule your free Limbrel injury consultation with our experienced legal team, call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).