Uloric is a gout medication patented by Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. If the medicine causes serious cardiovascular problems as side effects, the patient or his/her family is entitled to bring a lawsuit against the company. In fact, a Uloric lawsuit is basically a mass tort claim against the company for the harmful side effects caused by the medicine.
Serious Cardiovascular Problems may include any of the followings:
- Heart Attack
- Unstable Angina
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Uloric lawsuits are based on the allegation against the pharmaceutical company that they have failed to warn patients and doctors about the potential risks of heart complications from use of the medicine. Cardiovascular events are not mild issues and can often lead to serious consequences including death. That’s why, many Uloric lawsuits involve alleged death claims by the patients’ families.
Grounds for Uloric Lawsuits
The victims (patients) or their families sue Takeda for its alleged failure to warn patients and physicians about the possible cardiovascular risks of taking the medicine. The plaintiff has the legal responsibilities to establish the following facts to get a verdict in favour of the ‘failure to warn’ allegation.
- The pharmaceutical company had full knowledge about the cardiovascular side effects of Uloric.
- The medicine is harmful for patients who take it.
- It’s not possible for common people to recognize the potential risks of Uloric.
- The company failed to warn the patients and physicians about the possible dangers.
- The lack of adequate warnings played a role in causing harm to the plaintiff.
If the plaintiff has enough evidences that the company was aware that the medicine could cause serious heart problems, he/she has a good chance of winning the case.
An important point to note in this context is the FDA put a warning on the medicine’s marketing label mentioning the risk of the medicine causing health issues. The FDA also required the company to carry out a post market clinical trial to figure out if the medicine caused any risk of cardiovascular problem.
Who Can File Uloric Lawsuit?
Any patient, who suffered cardiovascular problems due to Uloric use before box warning in 2019, is entitled to lodge a claim against Takeda. If the patient, who took Uloric, died of a cardiovascular event, his/her family has rights to bring a wrongful death claim.
Uloric users, who developed cardiac problems, are entitled to sue even if Uloric treated their gout successfully. Uloric prevents build-ups of uric acid in joints and tendons and so can often treat hyperuricemia successfully. However, just because the medicine treated their gout does not prevent the victims from filing a lawsuit for suffering baneful side effects.
Where the Plaintiffs Will File Lawsuits?
The victim or his/her family can file Uloric lawsuit anywhere in the USA. Plaintiffs usually file a lawsuit in the state where he/she resides. With the passage of time, separate lawsuits are likely to be combined in a federal MDL (Multi-District Litigations). It helps in streamlining the pre-trial process to reach a settlement as soon as possible.