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Viberzi and Pancreatitis – What They Knew, When They Knew It

Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea (IBS-D) is an uncomfortable, embarrassing and painful condition. It can create many stressful interruptions during the workday and it can cause you to hesitate to make plans for a night out with friends. Viberzi was put on the market to calm your intestines, but countless patients have discovered that this medication is even more harmful and life-altering than the initial medical condition that it was supposed to treat.

What They Knew

Viberzi (eluxadoline) is an IBS-D drug that was introduced to the market in May 2015 by pharmaceutical company Allergen. Viberzi works by interacting with opioid receptors within the digestive tract that are involved in food digestion and intestinal sensitivity.

When taking Viberzi, the opioid relaxes muscles involved in digestion. While this initially seems like a good way to stop diarrhea, it can also slow down other muscles that control the flow of fluids into the intestines like the sphincter of Oddi. The sphincter of Oddi opens and closes the bile duct, but if this important muscle relaxes and does not open, the digestive fluids will get backed up into the gallbladder and pancreas which causes the acidic fluids to digest the organ. The result is pancreatitis that can lead to excruciating pain, hospitalization and even death.

When They Knew It

On March 15, 2017, the FDA published a warning informing doctors and users of Viberzi that those who do not have a gallbladder are at risk for developing pancreatitis with this medication. The FDA reported that, “From May 2015, when Viberzi was first approved, through February 2017, FDA received 120 reports of serious cases of pancreatitis or death. Among the 68 patients who reported their gallbladder status, 56 of them did not have a gallbladder and received the currently recommended dosage of Viberzi. Seventy-six patients were hospitalized, of which two patients died. These two patients did not have a gallbladder.”

What Can You Do?

If you had pancreatitis and took Viberzi between May 2015 to March 15, 2017 and you don’t have a gallbladder, you may be able to make a claim because Allergen didn’t warn you of the risk. If you took Viberzi and had pancreatitis and do have a gallbladder, you may also be able to make a claim because Viberzi doesn’t warn patients with a gallbladder about the risk for pancreatitis. If you had pancreatitis after taking Viberzi, you probably have expensive medical bills and debt from being unable to work. Allergen should financially compensate you for these expenses that they caused. Contact us today to see if you qualify to make a claim.

Viberzi Warnings In The News

3/15/17: FDA Warns About Increased Risk of Serious Pancreatitis With Irritable Bowel Drug Viberzi (Eluxadoline) in Patients Without a Gallbladder

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that Viberzi (eluxadoline), a medicine used to treat irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D), should not be used in patients who do not have a gallbladder. An FDA review found these patients have an increased risk of developing serious pancreatitis that could result in hospitalization or death. Pancreatitis may be caused by spasm of a certain digestive system muscle in the small intestine. As a result, we are working with the Viberzi manufacturer, Allergan, to address these safety concerns.

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120 Counts of Pancreatitis or Death Were Reported Among Viberzi Patients from the Time of Its Approval

According to the FDA, 120 counts of pancreatitis or death were reported among Viberzi patients from the time of its approval through February 2017 (not a big universe that has been recorded, but there were 34,000 patients total, so could be thousands out there that never filed a complaint. Also, the FDA’s MAUDE Database is terrible and never current with what is really going on with device and drug complications). At least 56 of these patients lacked a gallbladder and received the recommended dose of the drug for patients without gallbladder. 76 patients were hospitalized, two of whom died.

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