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Actemra Arthritis Medication Tied to Death

Actemra’s Fatal Risk – What They Knew, When They Knew It

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects over 1.3 million Americans causing them terrible pain and stiffness in their joints. RA is also associated with chronic fatigue, depression and respiratory issues. While Actemra has been given to RA patients as a miracle drug after other medications have failed, researchers are now reporting that long term use could be fatal.

What They Knew

Actemra hit the market in 2010 and many in the medical field were excited because it seemed to address RA problems when other medications didn’t work. Additionally, it supposedly didn’t have the same issues relating to heart attacks, heart failure, or lung problems linked to other RA medications on the market. However, after investigating 500,000 side-effect reports on RA drugs, a STAT News investigation found that these risks are just as high or even higher with Actemra when compared to other RA drugs. After reviewing more than 500,000 side effect reports for RA drugs, STAT News “found clear evidence” that the risks of severe adverse effects, such as heart attack or stroke, “were as high or higher for Actemra patients than for patients taking some competing drugs.” And yet there is no warning on Actemra but there are warnings on other comparable RA medications.

When They Knew It

Over 1,100 deaths have been associated with Actemra since it was put on the market in January 2010, and yet there is still  no warning on the label to inform doctors, pharmacists or patients of the fatal risks that this drug presents. Worse yet, since this medication doesn’t list the same warnings, it’s misleading patients to believe that it could be safer than other RA medications while in fact, it still poses the same or greater risks. This deceit allowed Roche-Genentech, the makers of Actemra, to garner $1.7 billion in global sales last year alone.

What Can You Do?

If you had a loved one who took Actemra and passed away due to complications, you could be able to receive compensation for your loss. You may be struggling to pay for medical bills and funeral costs and you’ve undoubtedly endured immeasurable suffering. Roche-Genentech continues to deliberately misrepresent the safety of Actemra at the lives of countless RA patients. Contact us today to see if we are able to help you file a claim.

Actemra Warnings In The News

7/13/17: A Drug Causes Hundreds of Deaths and Millions of Ades

FDA approvals do not necessarily mean that a drug will not later receive additional warnings. Actemra (tocilizumab), a medication for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), has recently been investigated for unlabeled side-effects that have allegedly lead to hundreds of deaths. But when warnings have not been issued yet, how can a pharmacist help?

A recent investigation by STAT found reports of over hundreds of deaths caused by unlabeled side-effects on the RA medication Actemra (tocilizumab).

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6/7/17: Hundreds of Patient Deaths Linked to Roche’s RA Drug Actemra

Roche (RHHBY)’s seven-year-old rheumatoid arthritis drug Actemra is being linked to hundreds of deaths due to undisclosed side effects. Actemra is a humanized interleukin-6 (IL-6) receptor antagonist approved for treatment of adults with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis. It was approved in 2010 and has been prescribed to more than 760,000 patients.

A Stat News investigation found that hundreds of patients taking the RA drug died from cardiovascular and pulmonary complications – issues the drug was not usually associated with. According to the investigation, Actemra did not carry warning labels about the possible side effects, unlike many competing RA drugs. Stat said it investigated more than 500,000 side effect reports for RA drugs and “found clear evidence” that the risks of the side effects, such as heart attack or stroke, “were as high or higher for Actemra patients than for patients taking some competing drugs.” The difference Stat stressed is that Actemra, unlike the other RA drugs, does not carry a warning label for those side effects.

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5/22/17: FDA Approves Tocilizumab (Actemra) for Giant Cell Arteritis

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded the approved use of subcutaneous tocilizumab (Actemra, Hoffman LaRoche) to include treatment of adults with giant cell arteritis. This will be the first FDA-approved therapy specific to the disorder.

Tocilizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody that targets the interleukin-6 receptor. The FDA granted a Breakthrough Therapy designation and a Priority Review for tocilizumab for this indication.”We expedited the development and review of this application because this drug fulfills a critical need for patients with this serious disease who had limited treatment options,” Badrul Chowdhury, MD, PhD, director of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Rheumatology Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an FDA news release.

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