Humira Lawsuits

Potential side effects of Humira may increase the risk of serious and potentially life-threatening injuries, including fungal infections and cancers, as well as a possible risk of permanent nerve damage that may result in multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis, optic neuritis, neuropathy or other problems.

STATUS OF HUMIRA LAWSUITS: Product liability lawyers are evaluating whether individuals may be entitled to compensation through a Humira lawsuit for vision problems or nerve damage that may have been caused by Humira.

MANUFACTURER: Abbott Laboratories, Inc.


OVERVIEW: Humira (adalimumab) is a tumor necrosis factor blocker, also known as TNF blocker, which is approved for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn’s disease, moderate to severe chronic psoriasis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis, which was previously called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

HUMIRA NERVE DAMAGE AND VISION PROBLEMS Adverse event reports have suggested that Humira may increase the risk of nerve damage, which could cause:

  • Optic Neuritis or Vision Impairment
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Transverse Myelitis
  • Neuropathy

Lawsuits over Humira have alleged that Abbott downplayed the risk of nerve damage from Humira, including a risk of Central Nervous System (CNS) demyelination and harm to the optic nerve. While other drugs in the same class, such as Enbrel and Remicade, contain warnings about the risks, Abbott has not provided adequate warnings to physicians and consumers, which could have prevented serious injury and permanent nerve damage.

During clinical trials, at least three cases of demyelination with Humira use were reported, compared to no reported cases among those taking a placebo. Of those nerve damage problems, two involved optic neuritis on Humira, which could result in vision loss or sight problems.

In addition, an analysis of FDA adverse event reports during the first two years Humira was on the market identified at least 9 reports of neurological problems with Humira, including two cases of optic neuritis. Since that time, a number of similar Humira problems have been reported. It is widely accepted that the number of such problems reported to the FDA likely only represent between 1% and 10% of all actual adverse events.

HUMIRA CANCER SIDE EFFECTS: A study published in the May 17, 2006 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) indicated that Humira side effects could increase the risk of developing cancer. Warnings have been added to the prescribing information about the possible cancer risk.

In August 2009, the FDA announced a Humira black box cancer warning after investigating the potential association between Humira and Lymphoma and other cancers among children and young adults using TNF blockers.

Approximately half of the cancers seen in children and young adults taking TNF blockers were lymphomas, including bother Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which is a cancer of cells in the immune system. Lymphoma is not a recognized complication of JIA (Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis) or of Crohn’s disease. Other cancers reported included leukemia, melanoma and solid organ cancers.

HUMIRA FUNGAL INFECTIONS: A number of users who were receiving TNF blockers, such as Humira, have experienced fungal infections, such as histoplasmosis, blastomycosis and cocciioidmycosis. In several of these cases the infection resulted in death.

In September 2008, the FDA issued an alert to healthcare providers to provide new information about the risk of Humira fungal infections. At that time the agency also indicated that new information will be added to the Humira black box warning to ensure that doctors and consumers are aware of the risk, especially for those who live in or visit areas where fungus is prevalent.

Unfortunately, many cases of fungal infections from Humira go undiagnosed by doctors, since the symptoms are similar to the flu. Symptoms could include cough, fever, fatigue, loss of weight, sweating and shortness of breath.

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  1. Paul Reply

    I was diagnosed with chrones disease in 11/2008 never had any health problems never had been in any health problems till then went to dr recommended Humira supposed miracle drug immediate systems started getting blister inside mouth throat and digestive track was getting very ill couldn’t digest food properly would double over in pain starred taking humira 4/2011 took it until 11/2012 was scheduled for surgery 12/27/2012 has a flare up the day of surgery had to be post poned rescheduled surgery and also hospital actual surgery was 1/14/2013 had several infections in gastro track and also developed fistula’s had illeostomy done was in and out of hospital for several infections spent most of 2013 in hospital was discharged from hospital 12/2013 was released to go back to work 1/2014 I was a truck driver was told by employer that I was not needed so I went for dot recertification physical and failed because of very rapid heart beat was told to go see cardiologist and was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy heart failure never had any problem with my heart now in 11/2014 was told my heart was only pumping at 15% normal heart pumping is about 60% told that I could drop dead by cardiologist at any moment put it off as long as I could the symptoms got worse went back to dr in 6/2015 was told that my heart was getting weaker told it was now at 7% was told didn’t have much time put on transplant list I now have an electric pump inside it is Heart Mate I
    Drs agree that it was caused from Humira I can’t believe it’s. Still on market I feel that they gave me a DEATH SENTENCE was never told the side affects seen on TV asked dr and he said he would ask the company and they told him that the odds were astronomical 1to 1 million and said not to worry who can u trust ur health I feel like I was experiment I think someone should pay my life has been pure HELL the last 3 yrs

  2. Daniel Reply

    At 81, my wife was diagnosed with RA for the first time. Her rheumatologist started her on prednisone, and she felt better immediately. Then this doctor started her on Humira with the aim of getting off the prednisone as soon as the Humeria worked. My wife had the first Humira shot on 12/7/15. My wife felt fine until late in the evening on 12/18, when she developed a severe, bloody cough. The EMTs took her to the ER early 12/9, whereupon she was diagnosed with severe bacterial pneumonia, placed on a ventilator, and put in ICU on IV antibiotics immediately. On 12/20, less than 48 hours after the first symptom, she died. I believe that older RA patients should not be given this drug, as it is too dangerous.

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