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Actemra: Does it heal or kill?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Actemra in 2010. The drug’s manufacturer, Roche, claimed it had no side effects like its competitors, Humira, Remicade and Enbrel. Actemra’s misleading “snake oil” claim was exposed in an investigation by STAT News, a new online news agency that covers medical issues and breakthroughs.  Its parent company, The Boston Globe Media Group, has won 26 Pulitzer Prizes since 1966.

STAT’s story about Actemra’s hidden side effects was published under a scathing headline: “Failure to warn: hundreds died while taking an arthritis drug, but nobody alerted patients.

Wayne Wright is alerting you to Actemra’s hidden dangers

Actemra can cause heart failure, pancreatitis, heart attacks, strokes, interstitial lung disease, heart palpitations and hair loss and memory lapses. Labels on Actemra’s competitors list most of those side effects.  Actemra does not, although it has a Black Box warning about dangerous infections that can occur on the drug.

STAT’s analysis of more than 500,000 reports of side effects – including fatalities – suffered by patients on rheumatoid arthritis drugs, “showed higher than expected numbers of several serious problems” when Actemra is compared to Humira, Remicade and Enbrel. “More than “13,500 FAERS reports” about these side effects from the FDA were included in the STAT analysis. Actemra patients also had 132 cases of pancreatitis.  They included 26 deaths.  Interstitial lung disease occurs as often on Actemra as it does with patients taking Humira and Remicade.

Wayne Wright knows the FDA’s approval process is flawed

The FDA can order a recall but only does so “ in rare cases.”  Under the FDA’s rules, drug companies control the research on their products.  They are expected to recall drugs themselves. They also decide what test results to present to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when they present a new drug for approval.  As The Washington Post reported in 2012, that system lets companies “design research that makes their products look better,” while potentially hiding “dangerous side effects.”

Unsuspecting patients have a champion in Wayne Wright

Wayne Wright is one of America’s top trial lawyers.  His national legal awards are based on his outstanding record of top dollar winnings for victims who have been injured by drug companies that take advantage of the FDA’s loopholes.  He’s a member the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and was also selected for a 2014 Litigator Award.  Calls to the firm and evaluations are free.  Clients only pay fees, agreed upon in advance, when Wayne Wright wins their cases.

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