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Actemra

Actemra Linked To Potentially
Fatal Adverse Effects

“It is not the culture of U.S. medicine to report adverse events to the FDA.”

Dr. David Kessler, Former FDA Commissioner

What is Actemra?

Actemra is a prescription immunosuppressive drug used to treat adults with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, giant cell arteritis, polyarticular idiopathic arthritis and systematic juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Unlike other rheumatoid arthritis drugs that are on the market, Actemra’s has been linked to over a thousand wrongful deaths and millions of ADEs (adverse drug events). Actemra’s warning label fails to inform patients of the potential life-threatening conditions that can occur from taking this medication such as heart attack, stroke, lung disease, pancreatitis, and death.

Actemra Risks and Side Effects

Over 1,000 patients have wrongfully died and tens of thousands have had adverse drug experiences with conditions associated with Actemra since it entered the U.S. marketplace in January 2010. When Actemra was approved and put in the marketplace, Roche – Genentech boasted in their marketing materials that unlike competing arthritis meds, their medication was not associated with heart attacks, heart failure or other life-threatening lung complications. However, this is not the case.

The problem with Actemra is that while this medication doesn’t create more risks than other RA drugs (in fact, the side effects are about the same), the label fails to warn patients about the risks they may encounter once they take Actemra. Much like the medication Vioxx, it was quickly approved by the FDA with only short-term clinical studies to prove that it was safe. As time progresses, more problems are being reported from patients who have used or are using Actemra.

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Everything you need to know about Actemra

Video: Everything you need to know about Actemra

Watch this video to learn the who, what, when, and where of Actemra. With any medical drug or device it is always better to know too much than be left in the dark without any information. Learn more about the damages caused by Actemra and find out what to do if you have been injured.

Video: What To Do If You Took Actemra

It’s not your fault that you weren’t told about the adverse effects from taking Actemra. We are here to help get you the information you need. Learn more now.

Video: Where Did Actemra Go Wrong?

If over 1.5 million Americans are afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis how many prescriptions could there be for Actemra? What exactly went wrong with Actemra’s labeling?

Video: Issues with Actemra

There are serious risks in taking Actemra that you should know about. For more on damages caused by Actemra and what to do if you’ve been injured, watch now.

Video: How Does Actemra Work?

Actemra can be self administered or delivered by a doctor, caregiver, or nurse. Learn how this drug functions by changing how the immune system works.

Video: The History of Actemra

Who makes Actemra and what is it used to treat? How is Actemra different from other rheumatoid arthritis drugs on the market? Find out now.

Actemra Risks and Side Effects

Roche – Genentech Fails to Warn Patients of Dangerous Potential Effects From Taking Actemra

Over 1,000 patients have wrongfully died and tens of thousands have had adverse drug experiences with conditions associated with Actemra since it entered the U.S. marketplace in January 2010. When Actemra was approved and put in the marketplace, Roche – Genentech boasted in their marketing materials that unlike competing arthritis meds, their medication was not associated with heart attacks, heart failure or other life-threatening lung complications. However, this is not the case.

The problem with Actemra is that while this medication doesn’t create more risks than other RA drugs (in fact, the side effects are about the same), the label fails to warn patients about the risks they may encounter once they take Actemra. Much like the medication Vioxx, it was quickly approved by the FDA with only short-term clinical studies to prove that it was safe. As time progresses, more problems are being reported from patients who have used or are using Actemra.

Actemra Lawsuits and Settlement Landscape

If you or a loved one took Actemra and suffered from heart failure, heart attack, stroke, pancreatitis, interstitial lung disease, gastrointestinal perforation or death, then you may be able to receive financial compensation. Investigations are underway to determine the extent of the damages incurred by innocent patients after taking this drug.

Actemra was put on the market in 2010 and since then, countless patients have suffered needlessly due to complications linked to taking Actemra. Patients (both past and present) were never warned of the potential risks and were not given the opportunity to make a fully informed decision for their situation. Roche – Genentech knows that their drug puts patients at risk, and yet they still have failed to update their warning label when every other drug in its class has.

Roche – Genentech earned $1.7 Billion in sales from Actemra in 2016.

The statute of limitations and deadlines vary by state, so it is crucial to contact Periscope Group today. We want to be certain that you get the proper representation you need if you qualify to make a claim against Roche – Genentech.

Actemra Glossary of Key Terms

Arteritis
The inflammation of the walls of arteries, usually as a result of an infection or autoimmune response. Giant cell arteritis (also called temporal arteritis) is an inflammation of the lining of your arteries. It usually affects the arteries in your head (especially those in your temples).
Arthritis
There are over 100 types of arthritis, so this term generally refers to any disorder that affects the joints.
Gastrointestinal Perforation
Many studies have shown that people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis are twice as likely to have digestive problems. High levels of inflammation and a problematic immune system likely play a significant role. A gastrointestinal perforation occurs when a hole forms all the way through the stomach, large bowel, or small intestine.
Immunosuppressive Drug
Rheumatoid arthritis is the result of the body’s immune system not working properly. It attacks the lining of joints causing inflammation and pain. Immunosuppressive drugs calm the immune system preventing severe arthritis symptoms
Interstitial Lung Disease
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease which doesn’t affect only your joints. This disease means that the body mistakenly attacks its own tissues and can cause scarring in the lungs which results in shortness of breath and other complications.
Pancreatitis
Your pancreas is a long, flat gland that is found behind the stomach in the upper abdomen. It produces enzymes that aid in digestion and hormones that help to regulate the way your body processes sugar (glucose). Pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas is inflamed. Complications from pancreatitis can lead to hospitalization and even death.
Tocilizumab
The generic name of the immunosuppressive drug branded as Actemra that is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

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You were never made fully aware of the potential life-threatening conditions that could be experienced due to taking Actemra. As claims against Roche – Genentech are mounting, Periscope Group can put you on a path to settlement. For over 20 years, we’ve served as a guardian for people who need to navigate an industry that doesn’t always have their best interests at heart. We provide the information, resources, and direct connection to reputable legal counsel that people need when their lives and livelihoods are at stake. Big pharmaceutical companies cannot silence the injured—not as long as we’re around.

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Biased and Falsified Studies: The Truth Behind Medical Research

Doctors need at least eight years of higher education and another seven years training in a residency and fellowship before they can really practice on their own in their field. That’s just one reason why we, as patients, put our trust – and quite literally our lives – in their hands.

Biased and Falsified Studies: The Truth Behind Medical Research

Drugs, treatments, diagnoses, and everything else that goes into treating our symptoms are quite complicated so we rely on their expertise to make us well. Unfortunately, this is also a business and like all businesses, there’s the motivation to make money. The lack of accountability and financial perks have created a serious conflict of interest between research doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and the medical professionals who rely on these studies to address their patients.

Why You Should Care About Medical Study Research

Okay, I admit it: I never even thought about how drugs or medical devices were put on the market until recently. Like most people, I didn’t have the time to care and I also figured that’s what my doctor is for. But the deeper I dug, the more I learned that millions of people are getting injured – and are even dying – because drugs and medical devices aren’t being properly tested.

Here’s one example: transvaginal mesh (TVM) was never tested in a vagina before it was put into millions of women’s vaginas. Johnson & Johnson paid the inventor of TVM, Swedish obstetrician and gynecologist Ulf Ulmsten, $1 million to prove TVM’s safety and effectiveness. Who wouldn’t do everything they could to skew the results in their favor? Now hundreds of thousands of women are living with pain, have broken relationships, and suffer from other complications due to this bad medical device.

The Core Conflict

Doctors don’t have the time or funding to do the research themselves, so they rely on experts in their respective fields to test new drugs and medical devices and to report the benefits and risks so they can best treat their patients. Like the TVM example, many researchers are getting funding and kickbacks for publishing papers promoting a certain drug or medical device in medical journals or for speaking at conferences. The main problem is the lack of transparency on the part of many doctors who fail to disclose that they are funded by the pharmaceutical company.  The New York Times reported that, “Dr. Jeffrey R. Botkin, an associate vice president for research at the University of Utah, recently argued… that researchers should face misconduct charges when they do not disclose their relationships with interested companies. ‘They really are falsifying the information that others rely on to assess that research,’ he said. ‘Money is a very powerful influencer, and people’s opinions become subtly biased by that financial relationship.’”

We, as patients, need to demand more accountability and transparency in the medical world. Researchers need to disclose their relationship with pharmaceutical companies so our doctors can take the information with a grain of salt to fully understand the capabilities and risk factors for the treatments they are prescribing. The more products a company sells, the more money it makes. We should be treated with the drug or device that works best, not offers the biggest perk.


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Sources
“What These Medical Journals Don’t Reveal: Top Doctors’ Ties to Industry”. New York Times. Accessed December 11, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/08/health/medical-journals-conflicts-of-interest.html

4 Tips for Camp Fire Survivors to Help Replace Destroyed Items

When everything is lost, where do you even begin to start to replace what mattered most? This is the big question that victims of the Camp Fire in Paradise and other California fire survivors are asking themselves. While family heirlooms, childhood crafts, and other priceless items can’t be replaced, other favorite pieces can be with a little time and effort.

4 Tips for Camp Fire Survivors to Help Replace Destroyed Items

Our Call Center Manager, Laura, lost her family home in Paradise and is now helping her parents to rebuild what was lost. She has been busy reaching out to over 80 companies asking for a bit of generosity to replace items such as her dad’s barbecue, safe, and other valuable pieces. Some businesses have been amazing and have given the items for free or asked for just the cost of shipping while others have declined to even honor their warranties. (And just so you know, this post has two motives: 1) to advise you on how to ask companies for help and 2) to inform you of businesses who are compassionate and generous so we can continue to support them!)

2. Ask for a replacement item or a discount

Some people may think that your insurance is going to cut you a fat check to purchase everything you need, but usually they will cover only 50 – 75% of the initial costs, so a discount or free item is going to be incredibly appreciated. It may be helpful to mention that you have insurance, but it only covers a fraction of your losses. Also, a discount is better than nothing. We want to support these businesses who are willing to do what they can, not cause financial stress. Requesting a discount can help you to get what you need while also providing a way for the company to help without causes financial strain.

3. Explain the importance of the item in your letter

For Laura’s family, Sunday night barbecues were the highlight of the week. Her dad, Chris, was proud of his skills and he even created a designated spot with pavers to house his grill. Laura reached out to Weber and explained “every Sunday night in our family means barbecue, beer and football… family dinners revolve around BBQ.” Guess what happened? They offered Chris a 22” model for free. Maybe the item isn’t the exact one that you requested, but this was so generous on the part of Weber and it was a huge step in getting life back to normal for Chris.

4. Give as much information about the original product as you can.

A company is more likely to replace the item if you have proof of ownership and that you were personally affected by the fire (and not a scammer). Here is a great sample that Laura wrote:

My dad owned two toolboxes from Snap On and he has always been a Mr. Fix It type of guy. I wanted to reach out, because we just lost our family home in Paradise, CA to the Camp Fire and now his toolboxes and tools are destroyed. The toolboxes themselves are brittle and can not be fixed and all the tools inside are melted together.

I wanted to see if there was any way I could get a discount to re order him at least one of the toolboxes. Unfortunately, their insurance is going to take months, maybe even years to pay out and I can’t afford to replace the toolboxes and tools myself at full price. If you could place just let me know I would really appreciate it.

I have attached photos of the toolboxes that I believe he had. I also attached before and after photos of our home in Paradise. You can see the toolboxes standing right in the middle of the ashes behind the garage door in the after photo.

Physically everyone made it out okay, but what remains of the place we all called home is devastating. I would really appreciate anything you can do to help out my family. Thank you so much in advance for your time.

 

Out of the 80+ companies that Laura has contacted, only four have responded. If you need a barbecue or custom made sign, please support Weber barbecues and Second to None Fabrication. These companies were awesome and we would love to see them rewarded for their generosity.

Those on Santa’s Naughty List? Snap-on Tools, KA_BAR knives, and Sentry Safe. On Sentry Safe’s website, they even state that, “Should your safe go through a fire, SentrySafe will send a replacement safe free of charge, so the things that matter most are protected for generations to come.” Not only would the above companies not replace the items, but they also refused to offer a discount.

It’s going to take time to contact businesses, but it may be worth the effort to start getting your life back together. We also hope that you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the compassion and kindness you’ll find.

Periscope Group is not owned by or operated on behalf of any attorney or law firm. We are not affiliated with any drug or medical device companies. We do not host advertisements nor do we accept advertising requests. We are here to help YOU, the consumer, become better educated and supported. You pay absolutely nothing for our help. It’s as simple as that.

Periscope Group is not owned by or operated on behalf of any attorney or law firm. We are not affiliated with any drug or medical device companies. We do not host advertisements nor do we accept advertising requests. We are here to help YOU, the consumer, become better educated and supported. You pay absolutely nothing for our help. It’s as simple as that.

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