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Remicade Lawsuits

The arthritis drug Remicade has been linked to a number of serious and potentially life threatening injuries. In September 2008, stronger warnings were added about an increased risk of invasive fungal infections.

STATUS OF REMICADE LAWSUITS: Lawyers are evaluating research surrounding the potential safety concerns involving cancer and Remicade, as well as potential cases for individuals who developed fungal infections.

MANUFACTURER: Centocor and Johnson & Johnson

OVERVIEW: Remicade (infliximab) is an autoimmune disorder drug known as a Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) Blocker. It is approved by the FDA for treatment of psoriasis, Crohn’s disease, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis.

It was the first TNF antagonist available in the United States, and has been used by more patients world-wide than the other medications in the same class, Enbrel and Humira, combined. It is a blockbuster drug for the pharmaceutical giant, Johnson & Johnson.

REMICADE CANCER SIDE EFFECTS: In 2004, a warning letter was sent to healthcare professionals indicating that Remicade had been associated with more cases of lymphoma among patients receiving the drug. A study published in the May 17, 2006 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that Remicade side effects could triple the risk of developing cancer.

In June 2008, the FDA released an early communication about an ongoing safety review involving Remicade and a possible association with the development of lymphoma and other cancers among children and young adults and a Remicade black box cancer warning was added in August 2009.

At least 30 reports of childhood cancer were received by the FDA involving the use of TNF blockers. Other medications indicated in this early communication were Humira and Enbrel.

According to Johnson & Johnson, among children taking Remicade, most of the reports of juvenile cancer involved those treated for the bowel disorder Crohn’s disease. Approximately half of the cancers seen in all children and young adults taking TNF blockers were lymphomas, including both 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.

REMICADE FUNGAL INFECTIONS: A number of users who were receiving TNF blockers, such as Remicade, 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 Remicade fungal infections. At that time the agency also indicated that new information will be added to the Remicade 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 Remicade 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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173 comments

  1. Alison Reply

    My sister has been on Remicade for over two years and now is breast feeding her son. She was told it is safe. Can anyone tell me what you have been told about breast feeding while on this drug or your experience? Her son has severe food allergies and eczema. Thank you!

  2. Jackie Reply

    My husband has RA and about two years ago they talked us into him being infused with this drug. He took the infusion and immediately went into aliphatic shock. He now is unable to eat without being nauseated, has bad headaches, times when he has hives that cover his body and is very weak. This was after his first and only treatment. All I could think of that day as I drove to meet the ambulance at the hospital was I was going to loose him that day. Now from that infusion he not only suffers from his RA but also all the above.

  3. carolyn Reply

    I’ve been on Remicade for about 10 years now. In the last 3 years i noticed that i got seasonal allergies and trouble breathing. I’ve been given inhalers or breathing treatments and it seemed to help. However in the last yesr i accidentally found out i have pulmonary nodules. Alot of them in both lungs. They are not sure as of yet the cause but could be a secondary infection due to remicade. I am now questioning whether i should go off it. Its helped my chrohns so much though..

  4. Dorothy Reply

    My husband died dec 31 2012 he was on remicade I know the remicade killed him.We were married ickifor 48 years Imiss him so much my life will never be the same.He had so many of the sideffects from remicade.He did not desere to die like he did.He was so sick couldnot breath his lungs was full of a fungal infection.I need a lawyer to help me prove that Remicade killed him.He started on Remicade in 2003 till 2012 we were never told about the BLACK BOX WARNINGS.Who was suppose to tell us?Please don’t take Remicade.

  5. Deb Reply

    My mom had leukoplakia on her tongue and had been followed for 15 years by an ENT doctor. She also suffered from rheumatoid arthritis. Both her ENT doctor and her arthritus doctor felt that it was safe for her to take Remicade infusions. She developed squamas cell carcinoma on her tongue and endured 2 horrific surgeries, radiation, tracheotomy and a feeding tube. She was never able to eat normally again, and succumbed to the cancer on May 11th, 2013, 11 months after the cancer was first diagnosed. The pain and suffering she went through was beyond words.

  6. kim Reply

    I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’m sick of reading all these cases and what is being done. I was on it for two years and was told everything would be ok. But Aug. 1 2012 I was kicked, and a small Bruse opened up like a hot dog and my whole leg flesh eating diseases. died,induses coma, woke up to the whole front of my thigh missing. In bed for months rehab and monthly visits to hospital. After a year and a half still not ok.

  7. Carmen Reply

    I have been on REMICADE for 15 years now and it has done wonders for me. to anyone that is scarred know that these risks are there but they really aren’t that common. If you look at the percentage of people who develop cancer while using remicade it is about 1-2%. which really is small. I am sorry to all of you that had to be apart of the 1-2% but in reality the drug doen’t cause cancer it only can progress a predisposition which is unfortunate.
    The other thing I might note is that if Remicade can prevent the use of corticosteroids your risk for side effects is greatly reduced! more than that of the use of remicade.
    I am PRO REMICADE 100%

  8. Jackie Reply

    You are foolish to believe that the percentages reported for developing cancers, other complications or deaths from Remicade or any other drug is accurate. Most deaths by prescription drugs go unreported as many doctors don’t report a connection with the drug. The reality is that drug companies and doctors have a vested interest in not alarming you.
    The loss of our mother from cancer was due to Remicade. It has been stated by many of her doctors and specialists in the field that they believe it was a direct result of Remicade. Undeniable. However, I know that her cause of death was not reported as such.

  9. Kevin Reply

    I was put on Remicade and had 3 infusions. Right before my fourth infusion, I came down with flu like symptons. It was discovered that I had Histplasmosis. I was air lifted to a regional trauma center where I spent the next 5 weeks in their ICU. My wife was told by doctors that it didn’t look good that I would make it. I was put on continuous dialysis for three weeks after my liver and kidneys shut down.
    I also had to have a tract put in. In addition, my heart went into AFIB, so I had to be shocked to get it back in rhythm. I was transferred back to my local hospital for 4 weeks while trying to recover. I caution anyone about trying remicade, especially if they live in the OHIO Valey region.
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  10. Brian Reply

    I feel Remicade caused my mother to get brain cancer and die at age 67. Mom started Remicade in 2002 and had injections every 8 weeks for 5 years for arthritis treatment. She was diagnosed with GBM Brain Cancer, had 5 surgeries, radiation, chemo, and died 6 months later. My family blames the Remicade.

  11. Bukhtiar Reply

    I was given Remicade on October 4th 2013 and the second dose was given to me on October 18th 2013 for the ulercertive colitis to control the diahria flariaton. I started to have headaches vomiting and tremors and I can’t get rid of it

  12. Tina Reply

    I have crohns disease since I was 9. Removed a foot and half when I was 37. Been in remission since 1997. The past 3 months I have been to the ER 3times. Diagnosed with crohns….its back. I have heard of remicaid only thru my aunt who had Arthritis. I went to visit my new crohns doctor, did colonoscopy. Inflamed and returned. He suggested remicaid so I took my 1st treatment in may. No immediate side effects. However I did have a bad tooth where I had broke it in half eating due to a cavity. Within 5 days… INTENSE PAIN!!!! Took amoxicillin for 7days before the dentist could pull it. Extremely painful before and after. Please fix anything before taking remicaid. I called the office and cancelled any further treatments. I will manage my diet and pray. Any feedback greatly appreciated.

  13. Cristina Reply

    I had Crohn’s for 45 years and decided to use Remicade because any other medication worked for me. Since I received the first Remicade infusion, I start suffering for terrible sinuses headaches and allergies to this day and this with only three infusions. This had been bad but is not comparable to the peripheral neuropathy I am suffering now. I do not feel my extremities and from being very active I am now very limited. I have fallen 5 times and the nerve pain is not fun. I decided to have surgery instead of Remicade even though my GI insisted my symptoms were not related to the infusions. My life is miserable to say the least but I decided to live with the pain and not use any other medication and definitely never again another sugary. My advice:
    No Remicade
    No other medication
    No sugar
    No wheat
    No gluten
    No processed food
    No bread, no nuts, no vegetable only natural juices that I make myself
    No fruits specially apples
    Yoga
    Meditation
    I know…life is not worth living this way and finding what to eat is not always easy.
    Good luck and remember NO REMICADE

  14. Nancy Reply

    My son was on Remicade and then Humira for Crohn’s from July 2009 to June 2012. He passed away from metastatic colon cancer 10/21/2014. He had a complete colostomoy of the large intestine and rectum in Sept 2012. He carried a bag attached to his small intestine ostomy. All medications were discontinued. But it was too late. He had stage II cancer in his colon at the time of his surgery they thought they caught it. Not so it metastasized after the surgery to his liver and the lymphnode on the bottom of his stomach. This surgery should have been done in 2009 rather than him taking these toxic medications!!!

    Can I prove the Remicade and Humira gave him cancer and later a lung issue. No I can’t but based on his long term issues and the timing I believe it did. He had intestinal problems from the age of 13. Treated with low dose prednisone and immodium until he was 18 with no complications. It wasn’t perfect but he could function. He had no treatment from 18 to 21 except immodium due to no insurance. There was no cancer.

    He was diagnosed with PSC 6 months after he started Remicade in June 2009. He also suddenly had serious bone problems. But he continued the remicade because he could live without a bathroom ruling his life. It was a bad choice but he wasn’t fully informed of the potential consequences.

    I BELIEVE THAT ALL CASES OF CANCER CAUSED BY HUMIRA AND REMICADE ARE NOT REPORTED OR EVEN LOOKED FOR. Shame on them.

    May my wonderful son now rest peacefully.

  15. Keff Reply

    I was under the impression that remicaid was a treatment that would cure me after a few treatments. I have RA with psoriasis which is a result from peg interferon treatments. Every time I have remicaid treatment I have headaches and feel like I have the flu..I am on disability which pays less than I’m able to live with..It doesn’t make much sense for me to continue to live like this. There has to be a better way.

  16. Cathy Reply

    Its possible I’ve posted a comment before but is there an attorney out there in the Bergen county area who is willing to sit down with me about my experience with Remicade. I have a big issue with the doctor who knew the side effects of Remicade and said nothing and once the damage was done she took off like a speeding bullet!

  17. Dave Reply

    My wife was on Remicade for several years. In September of 2014 she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. There is absolutely no history of Leukemia in her family. The type she has is MLL and it is extremely high risk. We will go to Stem Cell Transplant in March to basically save her life. She has had a myriad of other issues while we go through treatment including heart failure, renal failure, liver failure, two strokes, and a fungal infection in her lungs which the doctors are still trying to figure out. She will face GVHD for the remainder of her years if the Stem Cell Transplant is a success, not to mention the residual affects of her strokes and the infection the doctors still cant identify past it is fungal. I want to pursue legal action but do not know where to start. We need a good National lawyer if anyone can recommend one.

  18. Lori Reply

    Remicade is an amazing drug. I was psoriasis free for the first time in 30 years. The drug is so awesome it caused disseminated Histoplasmosis (in my brain, bone marrow, pancreas…). I experienced kidney and liver failure. I almost died. My immune system was shot. I contracted Cdiff and became septic. I almost died. My appendix ruptured. I almost died. I needed a picc line for IV antibiotics. I got a pulmonary embolism from the picc line. I almost died. My pancreatitis has caused me to become diabetic. I haven’t worked for 2 1/2 years because I am constantly at the doctor’s office or hospital. My life is forever changed from this drug. I know I signed a consent form to take the drug, but I didn’t know I was signing my life away.

  19. Deb Reply

    Dont waste your time searching for a lawyer. I tried for 1 1/2 years and now we are close to the statue of limitations to file a lawsuit. My mom died from remicade too. She had a history of leukoplakia on her tongue but once she began a high dose of remicade for psoriatic arthritis it exploded into oral cancer. She endured 2 horrific surgeries, a trach, feeding tube, radiation, etc, etc. I took care of her till the end and still have nightmares about all she went through. Granted, she did sign the consent to get Remicade infusions, but her doctors should never have allowed her to take it with her history of leukoplakia. If you are on the fence about taking this powerful immunosuppressant, think hard about the possible consequences. By the way, Remicade did cure her psoriatic arthritis.

  20. Nikki Reply

    I was on Remicade for about 5 years for Crohn’s Disease and everything seemed to be ok for a while. My last infusion, however, left me with drug induced lupus. That was about a year and a half ago and my rheumatologist has told me that the drug induced lupus should have been gone now and I am now looking at permanent lupus from it. I saw him again earlier this week and now it looks like I am going to have psoriatic arthritis on top of that as well. I’ve read that Remicade is used to treat psoriatic arthritis AND I recently learned it can also cause it. At this point, I don’t know yet if this arthritis is caused by Remicade or not, but I’m fearful of whatever else could show up in my future health as a result of having taking it. I developed some neurological issues about a year ago or so, and had an MRI done to rule out MS, which can also be caused by Remicade. I don’t have MS, thank goodness! Before going on Remicade, please, please consider the risks! I did get one severe infection while I was on Remicade which landed me in the hospital for about 4 days–I recovered from it, however, thank goodness!!!

  21. Cathy Reply

    All the warnings about Remicade are true and I can’t seem to find an attorney to take my case. The doctors should be held responsible for their negligence when treating a patient with Remicade.

  22. Deb H Reply

    my husband was on remicade for7years. He contracted a Microbacterium avium complex bacteria in his joints which led to osteomyelitis in the bones. Over the last two years he has had surgery 20+ times he also had his lower left leg amputated. I think the FDA and courts have given the drug maker the ok to kill people. We try these drugs because we trust our DRS. Don’t take them read about them first and beware if your over 60…..

  23. Jenny Reply

    Hi there,
    I had been on remicade for 2 years for my crohns, after this time I was told that my scar tissue of my lower bowel had doubled in size and I’d need surgery to remove it and I came off of the treatment after about 8 weeks I started to get servers joint pain from my neck all the way down to my toes, I couldn’t walk. I’m 29 years old and I’m a single parent to a 8 year old girl who has started to become my carer it’s one of the hardest things I’ve gone through. I should b looking after her so I’ve packed up our home and moved back to my parents so we can both be looked after but what is like to know is has anyone else developed arthritis after having this treatment as I have never had this in the whole of my 12 years of living with crohns.

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