Drug manufacturer Allegran is being sued by patients who claim that they failed to warn doctors about the risks of developing pancreatitis in patients who do not have a gallbladder when prescribed Viberzi. These patients have been exposed to an increased risk of severe pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), which can result in hospitalization and sometimes death.
If you or someone you know has suffered severe injuries like pancreatitis after being prescribed Viberzi, call (713) 932-0777 for more information; also see the safety announcement issued by the FDA in 2017.
What is Eluxadoline?
Eluxadoline, sold under the brand name Viberzi, is a prescription medication used to treat irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D). IBS-D can result in serious stomach pain in adults so doctors have prescribed eluxadoline because it has been proven to reduce the related symptoms. Specifically, Viberzi is marketed as being able to relieve the two main symptoms of IBS-D:
- abdominal pain
Eluxadoline is in a class of medications called mi-opioid receptor agonists. It is combined with several inactive ingredients to make Viberzi.
What Are the Side Effects Viberzi?
Viberzi has particularly affected individuals without a gallbladder, causing symptoms that develop as early as one hour. Side effects associated with taking Viberzi include:
- Severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back
- Weight loss
There are several other recommendations and warnings associated with Viberzi, so always consult your health care provider about the possible risks. If you have experienced any of these side effects after taking Viberzi, consult your doctor immediately.
Viberzi Lawsuit Claims
There is currently no class-action lawsuit filed against Allegran. However, lawyers are filing individual claims on behalf of those who have been injured. Viberzi was approved by the FDA in May 2015, but when the FDA issued its safety alert in 2017, it had received more than 100 reports of patients who suffered severe pancreatitis after taking the prescribed medication. Two of those patients had died after taking the 75 mg dosage and both had no gallbladder.
Always seek the advice of a qualified medical professional before taking any prescribed medications. If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of being prescribed Viberzi, you should consult an experienced Viberzi lawsuit attorney today.
Defective Drug and Pharmaceutical Attorneys
Drug manufacturers have a legal and ethical obligation to produce and market drugs that are safe for the people taking them. If you feel like this has been violated, it is important to understand your rights. Individuals injured as a result of a defective drug may have a product liability claim, call (713) 932-0777 to learn more.