Gout Medication, Uloric, Linked to Increased Risk of Heart-Related Problems and Even Death

Uloric is a commonly prescribed medication used to treat gout. However, recently there have been concerns based on the potential cardiovascular health effects of the drug. Because of these concerns, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a black box safety warning, the most serious of all warnings. While Uloric was designed to treat inflammation, swelling, and pain associated with gout, clinical trials have shown that those who are prescribed the drug have a higher rate of heart-related problems. If you have taken Uloric and suffered any cardiovascular problems, you may be able to join the countless other individuals in filing a lawsuit against the drug’s manufacturer.

What is Uloric?

Uloric (febuxostat) is used to treat symptoms of gout, which occurs when there is too much uric acid in the bloodstream. First introduced to the market in February 2009, Uloric is manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals as an alternative to Zyloprim, the primary gout medication. The drug was not as popular as the manufacturer would’ve liked (less than 10 percent of the treatment market uses Uloric), which is a positive since it carries many negative side effects, including heart-related deaths.

Complications Stemming from Uloric Use

The Uloric website lists the following as possible serious side effects:

  • Gout flares
  • Liver problems
  • Severe skin and allergic reactions

The FDA’s Boxed Warning adds to the list of side effects with the following:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting, or feeling lightheaded
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Numbness or weakness in one side of the body
  • Slurred speech
  • Blurred vision
  • Severe headaches

Do I Have a Lawsuit?

As mentioned, Uloric was first made available to the public in 2009 after an FDA approval. However, there were concerns regarding its safety even at that time. Takeda tried twice previously to get the drug approval, failing to meet FDA standards in both 2005 and 2006. In November 2017, the FDA learned of study results that indicated Uloric was linked to much higher rates of heart-related conditions and deaths.

In the last several months the FDA issued an additional warning and new restriction on Uloric. If you have taken Uloric, please contact Atkins & Markoff today so we can get started on your case. We expect hundreds or even thousands of Uloric lawsuits to get underway throughout the United States, including right here in Oklahoma. The settlements could be very high because of how serious the side effects are, including death. To learn more about your rights or if you have questions about filing an Oklahoma wrongful death lawsuit, please contact Atkins & Markoff today and schedule a free consultation.