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Oklahoma Raptiva Lawyer and Lawsuit Information

Raptiva Lawsuits

If you or a loved one has experienced a serious infection such as viral meningitis, encephalitis, multifocal leukoencephalopathy or any other immune system related injury because of the prescription drug Raptiva, contact Privett Law to discuss your case today!

GENETECH - The Manufacturer of Raptiva

Raptiva is manufactured and distributed by Genentech, one of the world’s leading biotech companies. Sales of Raptiva raked in $108 million for Genentech from last year alone.

The Intended Use of Raptiva

Raptiva is a weekly injection used to treat plaque psoriasis. It has been recommended for use among adults with severe cases that cannot be treated with topical solution.

Side Effects of Raptiva

Raptiva works by suppressing the immune system to reduce psoriasis flare ups. Consequently, users of Raptiva are made more susceptible to serious infections such as encephalitis, viral meningitis, and a rare brain infection called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). Symptoms that may indicate a serious infection are as followed:

  • Lymphoma
  • Brain Infection - Encephalopathy
  • Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML)
  • Bacterial Sepsis
  • Viral Meningitis
  • Wrongful Death

If you are on Raptiva and experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. If you cannot get in touch with your doctor, don’t wait. Go directly to the hospital and explain that you may have a serious infection. Even common infections can become deadly if not treated promptly.

FDA Warnings on Raptiva

On October 16, 2008 the FDA issued a “black box” warning for Raptiva, the FDA’s sternest warning, about the risk of life-threatening infections. Unfortunately, Genentech continued to distribute Raptiva. Patients were notified of the risks, but from the time of the warning to April 8, 2009, when Genentech volunteered to stop selling Raptiva, three cases of PML were reported. Because there is no known cure for this infection, most cases are fatal and the few survivors are left severely disabled. There is also no way to know who is at risk for PML, so essentially all patients taking Raptiva are candidates for the infection.

Oklahoma Raptiva Lawsuits

The side effects of Raptiva can be serious enough to be life threatening. If you or someone you love has been injured because of their Raptiva injections to treat psoriasis, you should have legal representation to protect your rights. The Oklahoma Raptiva attorneys are well versed in dealing with the big pharmaceutical companies and will not back down when it comes to protecting our clients rights. If you need representation, contact Privett Law today.