The psoriasis drug Raptiva has been recalled after doctors and scientists determined that Raptiva injections are linked to life-threatening infections and brain disease. Psoriasis is a common disease that many people suffer from, so you may know someone in your family who has taken this dangerous drug in the past.
Raptiva is designed to block the activation of T-cells in the body. People who suffer from psoriasis have overactive T-cells, which cause excess skin to be developed on the body. In 2003, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Raptiva for use in treating psoriasis.
After the drug had been on the market for five years, post-marketing reports and studies determined that the Raptiva is a dangerous drug and that it needed stricter warnings on the label. Patients who have taken Raptiva are at risk for a number of different infections and dangerous conditions, including:
- Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML)
- Invasive Fungal Disease
- Bacterial Sepsis
- Viral Meningitis
While some of these infections can be treated with other medications, PML is not a treatable disease and it can be fatal. Some of the symptoms of these dangerous side effects include dizziness, impaired speech, and vision problems.
If you or anyone in your family has suffered from opportunistic infections after taking Raptiva, you might be able to recover compensation for injuries. Please contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Robert W. Kerpsack Co., L.P.A. today to schedule a case evaluation.