If you are suffering from an autoimmune disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a doctor may prescribe Enbrel. But like all drugs, there is a risk of certain side effects associated with the drug. Some of the side effects associated with Enbrel can be quite serious, such as reduced ability to fight infection and risk of certain cancers.
If you or a loved one suffered serious Enbrel side effects or complications, you may have grounds to take legal action. Review your case and your rights with an attorney at Cordisco & Saile LLC if you find yourself in this situation – 215-642-2335.
What is Enbrel?
Enbrel is a prescription drug whose active ingredient is etanercept. The drug treats inflammatory conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, plaque psoriasis and more. Administered via self-injection, etanercept decreases the amount of tumor necrosis factor (TNF), a protein made by the body’s immune system. When a person has an autoimmune disease, the body mistakenly attacks its own cells. Taking Enbrel suppresses the amount of TNF in the body, helping reduce inflammation and other symptoms of the autoimmune disease.
Possible Enbrel Side Effects
While Enbrel can help treat certain autoimmune diseases, it is not without some unpleasant side effects. According to an Enbrel Medication Guide published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, below are some possible side effects of Enbrel.
- Risk of cancer
- Risk of infection
- Hepatitis B infection (in patients who have previously had active hepatitis B)
- Nervous system problems
- Congestive heart failure
- Allergic reactions
- Autoimmune reactions, including lupus-like syndrome and autoimmune hepatitis
While the above side effects do not affect everyone, they have been linked to serious complications and death in a number of patients.
How serious are the risks of taking Enbrel?
Some of the risks associated with Enbrel can be very serious. Safety information provided by Enbrel explicitly states, “Patients treated with Enbrel are at increased risk for developing serious infections that may lead to hospitalization or death.”
In a 10-year study of patients with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis sufferers who took Enbrel, 92.4 percent of patients experienced treatment-emergent adverse events; 22.9 percent experienced serious adverse events; 6.7 percent developed serious infections; 2.7 percent developed malignancies; and two patients died. In 2008, the FDA required Enbrel have a black box warning that the drug can cause serious adverse events, its most serious warning.
Liability for Harm Caused by Enbrel
Amgen and Pfizer co-market the drug in the United States. It's manufactured by Immunex Corporation. In the event of a serious adverse event, the patient should talk to a lawyer about the party, or parties, that may be liable. A drug manufacturer or marketer may be liable if the drug causes serious harm. In certain cases, doctors may be liable for negligently prescribing the drug. For example, prescribing Enbrel to a patient with sepsis can be extremely dangerous and may leave the doctor liable for any damages.
Contact a Defective Drug Attorney if Harmed by Enbrel
If you took Enbrel and suffered from a severe complication, secure an attorney who will help build a case for damages against the manufacturer, marketer or any other liable parties. A defective drug case or medical malpractice case may recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our attorneys are ready to represent you now. We will file your case within the required statute of limitations (two years in Pennsylvania), collect evidence to support your claim and help recover compensation. Call us today at 215-642-2335 or fill out our online contact form to set up a free consultation about your case.