If you or a loved one suffered serious side effects after taking Limbrel for osteoarthritis, the Limbrel attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C. could help you. Our firm has been widely recognized for helping injured people, and we are ready to put our experience and resources to work for you. We have extensive experience helping people who have been harmed by the very drugs they depend on to make them better. We fight to hold the drug companies accountable for the injuries or deaths their products cause, and we won’t rest until you get the compensation you are owed. Contact us at (217) 328-2828 today to learn more about how we can help you take action against the manufacturer of this potentially dangerous drug.
Fighting on Behalf of Limbrel Users
Limbrel, a “medical food” used to treat osteoarthritis, has recently been linked to severe and potentially life-threatening, side effects, including liver injury and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. The product comes in tablet form that comes in two doses: Limbrel250 and Limbrel500. It is meant to be taken under the supervision of a medical professional, but crucially, it has not been regulated by the FDA.
In December 2017, the FDA requested Primus Pharmaceuticals, the makers of Limbrel, take the product off the market. This development came after recent evidence that suggested the use of Limbrel has led to some severe side effects. In fact, the FDA has received almost 200 reports of such side effects, which include drug-induced liver injury and Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis.
In addition to this, the FDA believes the product has been wrongly categorized as a “medical food” and should instead be considered a new drug, which would require more direct supervision from the government agency. Primus Pharmaceuticals is fighting against this charge. As of January 2018, the company has pulled Limbrel from the market and discontinued its advertising campaign on behalf of the tablet.
Why choose Spiros Law, P.C.?
Spiros Law, P.C. believes sincerely in delivering the compensation our clients deserve. This belief has led to more than a decade of success in Champaign and throughout Illinois, including more than $100 million recovered since the firm was founded in 2005.
Our philosophy is to use all of our resources, from our partners on down, to work together on all our cases. By combining all of our prodigious expertise, we can represent our clients against any and every company, no matter its size.
Pharmaceutical companies are notoriously large, prosperous, and well-defended, making it difficult to receive compensation from them. These companies sometimes put defective drugs or drugs not thoroughly tested out on the market. They then protect themselves with a large team of lawyers. To navigate around such legal defenses, you need defective drug lawyers with decades of experience dealing with the legal complexities of drug-related lawsuits.
Spiros Law, P.C. has that experience. We have taken on the big drug companies and won, making sure our clients get all they are due. We are prepared to fight for you, no matter how big the opposing pharmaceutical company is.
More About Osteoarthritis and Limbrel
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, and it affects millions of Americans. It usually affects joints, especially in those over 40. Limbrel, according to the FDA, has been a popular treatment because it allows patients to avoid other more intimidating therapies. It is meant to be used as a way to “manage the metabolic processes associated with osteoarthritis.”
The legal team at Spiros Law, P.C. is currently investigating the case and accepting clients for our lawsuit against Primus Pharmaceuticals. We are committed to fighting for those who are suffering from side effects due to the use of Limbrel. With experienced lawyers who have an expertise in pharmaceutical lawsuits, we are ready to challenge any company for the sake of our clients, even one as large as Primus Pharmaceuticals.
If you or a loved one is suffering from side effects related to taking Limbrel for osteoarthritis, contact us immediately at our Champaign office at (217) 328-2828 so that we can help you get the compensation you are entitled to.
How to Know if You Should Be Concerned about Limbrel
If you or someone you love has been taking Limbrel, then you should be concerned, and it is recommended that you speak to your doctor immediately to find out if you are suffering from any of the serious side effects caused by Limbrel. Even if you are not showing any apparent symptoms, visit your doctor soon and discuss your use of Limbrel. Evidence of the side effects of Limbrel is still in the early stages, so there is always much to learn about what Limbrel might do to your body.
Serious Side Effect: Drug-Induced Liver Injury
A drug-induced liver injury can be caused by any number of drugs, including prescription medications like Limbrel. As the name suggests, the damage occurs to the liver, which is a significant organ in your abdomen that is crucial for some processes in your body. Severe liver injuries can lead to many severe outcomes, including in some cases acute liver failure, which often leads to death. General signs of liver trouble can include:
- Discomfort in the abdominal area
- Loss of appetite
- A yellowing of the skin called jaundice
Treatment involves, first of all, stopping the use of whatever drug has been causing the damage. Other medications may be needed to counter some severe effects. In the most severe cases, a liver transplant may be necessary.
Recent evidence suggests Limbrel can cause damage to the liver that may permanently affect the liver’s functioning. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms or others that you feel might be related, it is essential to see a medical professional immediately.
Serious Side Effect: Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is a condition that affects the lungs, causing inflammation and making it hard to breathe. The condition is relatively rare, and it is usually caused by inhaling particles that then engage the body’s immune system, leading to inflammation.
Hypersensitivity pneumonitis, or allergic alveolitis as it is also known, can lead to difficulty breathing and permanent scarring of the lungs. While an early diagnosis often leads to a full recovery, if the condition is left untreated, scarring may appear which could lead to permanent difficulties. Signs that you may be suffering from Hypersensitivity pneumonitis include:
- Chronic bronchitis
- Shortness of breath
Treatment for Hypersensitivity pneumonitis depends on the severity of the disease. In most cases, the condition can be improved and damage reversed by merely eliminating whatever is causing the inflammation, in this case, Limbrel. If this fails to work, a doctor may then prescribe immunosuppressants that can suppress the body’s immune system, and therefore relieve the inflammation. Other drugs, such as opioids may be prescribed for coughing and shortness of breath. Finally, in very severe cases, treatment may include lung transplants. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions About Limbrel Lawsuits
If you or someone close to you has suffered serious side effects from taking the drug, you are not alone. Many people have questions about their rights, legal options, and what steps they should take after a drug has caused them harm. Our knowledgeable attorneys are standing by to help answer your questions, so contact us at (217) 328-2828 today. In addition, we have included the answers to a few commonly-asked questions below:
What is in Limbrel that is causing the problem?
The FDA is currently reviewing the ingredients in Limbrel to discover what has caused the side effects. Limbrel contains catechins, which can also be found in green tea. High concentration of catechins can lead to liver damage. Research is still being conducted, so make sure to contact an attorney that you can trust to help you handle your Limbrel claim.
Medical Food: Why hasn’t Limbrel been recalled?
Limbrel is categorized as a “medical food,” which means it faces fewer regulations than drugs. A medical food is considered closer to a dietary supplement than an actual drug, and so those who manufacture such products do not have to provide such stringent testing to prove their safety to the FDA.
Because the drug is classified as a medical food, the FDA does not have the authority to issue a mandatory recall. The FDA has argued that Limbrel should, in fact, be categorized as a new drug, and therefore seek further approval from the department. So far, the FDA has requested the makers of Limbrel, Primus Pharmaceuticals, voluntarily recall the product from the market.
Why have people been choosing Limbrel?
Unfortunately, there aren’t a large number of treatments for osteoarthritis. Many of those that are available are opioid-based, which many people would rather avoid. Many also consider Limbrel to be all-natural and therefore assume that it is safe for use. This misunderstanding can lead to some people using the product without realizing the potential for adverse side effects.
I think I’m suffering from side effects due to Limbrel, what should I do?
The first thing you should do is contact your doctor and begin medical treatment for any side effects from the drug. Make sure to record the dose of Limbrel you have been taking, as well as any other medications you have been using. After you begin treatment, it is wise that you contact a lawyer to find out if you qualify for a lawsuit against Primus Pharmaceuticals.
Contact Spiros Law, P.C. Today
Nothing is more important than your health and the health of those you love. When a pharmaceutical company has taken advantage of your trust, you need to go to lawyers who know how to defend your rights and get you fair compensation.
With the complexity of pharmaceutical lawsuits, you want a team of lawyers with significant experience fighting against big business to make sure you get the results you deserve from the case. Choosing the right law firm can make all the difference in how a case goes and may be the difference between a significant recovery, a small recovery, or no recovery at all. Contact Spiros Law, P.C. for a free consultation today. Our lawyers are prepared to fight for your claim, from our partners on down. If you or a loved one is experiencing side effects from Limbrel, contact us today at (217) 328-2828.