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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  1. John Reply

    I began Remicade treatments for Psoriatic Arthritis in August 2001. I was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in May of 2003. I survived (just barely) the surgery and continued with Remicade until 2012 when I contracted MRSA. Since then I have made dietary changes that appear to work better than the Remicade. I have been on an anti-fungal diet for five years and have very few symptoms of the arthritis which in 2001 were severe. The big things to avoid are wheat, corn and legumes. I am convinced there was a connection between Remicade and the cancer I suffered from.

  2. DiAnn Reply

    I was my drs. First remicade patient. In all these yrs, I’ve never been told my remicade could cause lupus…that’s where I am now..I knew something bad was wrong because of symptoms…it’s hard enough learning to live w chrons, fibro, RA, ..and all the other things..but, too have to tell my dr. That I thought I had lupus from the symptoms, and be told that it prolly was because remicade cause lupus..this has taken my life from me …

  3. Karen Reply

    I was on remicade from 2000ish to 2008, my Dr stopped doing infusions at his office was what I was told, in 2010 I was fine 1 minute and then every muscle in my body tensed up and I sounded drunk,pouring sweat and it passed as quickly as came? 1 time thing didn’t think about it,2011 I was sitting on my couch the only one awake got my headphones in,my husband popped up out of no where and again I froze so I thought well maybe it’s anxiety,went to a therapist,but beginning 11/2013 the freezingame or seizing muscles has turned from that to falling down out of nowhere, I would be walking around on my knees because I couldn’t stand on my own feet,and muscle jerks everywhere on my body lasting 5 days or more, I’m seeing a neurologist who’s thinks it’s some kind of nueropsychological side effect of remicade? Idk but it’s not moral how because I didn’t know what the damage really was remicade in time for the class action lawsuit against them, what about us?

  4. Brian Reply

    2015 I was on humira then remicade was tried neither did anything but nearly killed me I never recovered have ankylosing spontilitis and median arculate ligament syndrome a excruciating vascular disease, because I lost my job then forced on disability I cannot get treatment or surgery. Trapped in my trailer because hospital will do nothing but tell me assisted suicide is my only option only if I can pay in cash. Waiting for end to come there is no doubt these drugs caused this and a possible deadly fungal infection I can get no treatment for not even the deadly pain, doctors I saw gave me this medication with a smile was never informed how deadly they are was exposed to deadly large amounts of it was all about these companies and doctors profit off of my death no doubt I have proof now. Can’t do anything but die in most excruciating pain how long can’t even get a answer there but being that I’m trapped unable to move in pain now it’s looking pretty soon.

  5. Robert Reply

    Had a severe reaction to Remicade and still recuperating from symptoms. Developed severe arthritis joint and muscle pain. Chills, fever, fatigue and confusion that has lasted weeks. Out of breath, gained weight and still have numbness and tingling in my arms from the elbows down. Had to stop working and haven’t yet returned. Remicade has taken months of my life away.

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