Helena, MT: A lawsuit has been filed alleging Humira side effects caused permanent damage to a patient who took Humira medication for Crohn's disease. The Humira lawsuit claims Abbott Laboratories knew about the risks associated with its medication, but did not adequately warn patients about that risk. This lawsuit is separate from another lawsuit alleging patients faced Humira cancer risk from using the medication.
This most recent lawsuit was filed by a woman who took Humira to treat Crohn's disease, according to Bloomberg Businessweek (04/26/11). The lawsuit alleges that the patient was treated at the Mayo Clinic for nerve damage in her feet; the doctors who treated the patient said the nerve damage was most likely caused by the use of Humira. The plaintiff alleges that Abbott knew Humira had a risk of peripheral neuropathy but still marketed the mediation to patients with Crohn's disease.
Kara Mae Pletan, plaintiff in the lawsuit, alleges that doctors reported in 2006 that Humira was linked to peripheral neuropathy. She claims that after receiving Humira injections for three months in 2008, she developed permanent peripheral neuropathy, which forced her to alter her daily activities and sell her store.
This is not the first lawsuit filed against Abbott Laboratories concerning Humira. Early in 2011, a lawsuit was filed by a patient with rheumatoid arthritis, who claimed she developed lymphoma after taking Humira. The patient reportedly took Humira as part of a clinical trial in 2005. The plaintiff alleges that Abbott knew there was a three- to fivefold increased risk of cancer in patients taking Humira but did not warn participants in the trial about that risk.
A spokesperson for Abbott Laboratories told Bloomberg Businessweek (01/12/11) that Humira has more than a decade of safety data and that the risks of Humira are documented in the label. The plaintiff, however, says she was not informed about the warning or about her doctor being paid as a clinical investigator for the drug company.
Humira is in a class of drugs known as tumor necrosis factor-blockers. Drugs in the class reportedly stop cancer-killing cells in the body from working. Humira, known generically as adalimumab, was initially approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
Meanwhile, in 2011, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a warning that young patients treated for Crohn's and ulcerative colitis with tumor necrosis factor blockers, azathioprine and/or mercaptopurine were at an increased risk of Hepatosplenic T-Cell Lymphoma (HSTCL). Hepatosplenic T-Cell Lymphoma is an aggressive cancer that is often fatal.
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Posted by Chris Broschell
My father-in-law took Humira and Remicade for RA for about 3 years and developed an extremely rare form of hemangiosarcoma from a cut on his head when he bumped it on the kitchen cupboard. He died in 2007 from this cancer. This "medication" is right up there with thalidomide.
Posted by Mary
I started taking Humira in 2011 for a year for my psoriasis. Back in the late 90s I noticed a cyst in my right breast which caused no problems nor showed signs of it being cancer. Just before I stopped taking the Humira, I noticed dimpling at the site of the cyst & nipple inversion, a clear sign of cancer. I finally got a biopsy in June of 2013 & was diagnosed with stage 2B breast cancer, had the cancer & nearby tissue removed, 2 lymph nodes removed that were cancerous, plus 30 more lymph nodes removed to be on the safe side on July 11, 2013 & went through 2 chemo treatments (I was supposed to have 6, but it affected me so much I couldn't continue with the other 4) & 33 radiation treatments, which ended January 6, 2014. I truly believe Humira targeted that cyst & turned it into cancer. I really believe people like me who were put in danger taking Humira should be compensated monetarily.
Posted by Joy in Irvine, CA
My sister died in 9-2013 from taking Humira for 3 years for a severe skin lesion problem. Humira damaged her liver and she was only 58 years old. Do not take Humira because it will destroy your liver, and then you will be in extreme pain and die from a stroke; like my sister did 4 months ago. She was a vibrant healthy person prior to taking Humira; and I am spreading the word how dangerous Humira is.
Posted by Val Disarro
Yes my husband started this treatment
Two years ago to control his psoriasis and
Reumatoid arthritis; needless- to-say,
He take the shot gets really tired, the next
Day he is still kind of tired, third day I see
A personality change in him and he gets
Upset for every little thing and yells a lot.
Fourth day he is not too bad but I have
To be carefully on how I approach him
To talk to him, fifth day out and out rude
Goes out in his shed and segregates himself
From everyone. Oh yeah, when I do ask
Him whats wrong " he says he is in pain"
Oh plus he has dystimia, HBP,high cholesterol
Smokes cigarettes . He is miserable.
Posted by Marie Homan
I was diagnosed with RA in 2007 & went on Humira in September of 2007. I am now on nothing & I refuse to take any & all RA meds because of this one. I do take asprin & motrin for pain. I now have sjogrens syndrome, systemic vasculitis, raynaulds syndrome, I had a spot of skin cancer removed from my right calf. I am scared of what will happen next. I only took it for 14/15 months, two times a month. I might be wrong & the dates might be 2009 I took the Humira...I will need to check my records. I hope you all are doing well.
Posted by Jessica Roberts
My father took humira for RA, he died of lymphoma 4/26/08. No one in our family has had a history of Lymphoma. 2 weeks before he died he had a nose bleed that lasted 3 days.
Posted by Claire Miller
I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia after taking two bi-weekly injections of humira last September. (ironically, September is Leukemia awareness month). My rheumatologist believes it was caused by the humira. I am in remission, but still on chemo for another two years. My life is so different now... Why doesn't someone hold Abbott accountable for this?
Posted by Donna Lapka
I have had RA since approximately 1990. I am now almost 55. I was given Humira by my rheumatologist to prevent the progression of my RA. He didn't warn me of any adverse effects. I started Humira right after Thanksgiving 2011, 2 injections per month. I had an episode of terrible night terrors around Christmas, chalked it up to a bad dream. In March I was unable to speak for a few minutes, this passed over. I had MRI and believe something was overlooked. The last week in April, I began talking to my son and my words became all jumbled up. I woke up the morning of Sunday May 5, or 6 2012, it was that Sunday. I have no memory of that morning. I woke my son up and told him things that didn't make any sense, tried to leave the house not properly dressed, began throwing things out my doorwall, my then 19 year old son was terrified. EMS was called, I was taken to Mclaren Hospital, Clinton Township. Apparently I was awake and having hallucinations, I do not recall. Next thing I knew I wake up Wednesday morning, so sick I'm not even wondering why I am in the hospital. I almost died. I had encephalitis secondary to humira. As a result the top of my head is numb, my nose is numb and now I am getting headaches. I was told I had, had a stroke they didn't know when and a possible seizure disorder. The doctor said he did not know if the numbness would go away. I cannot spell as well as I used to, I am a little confused with directions. I have developed headaches, and now a lump on my ankle and neuropathy of my left foot. Went to the neurologist on 6/16/13. She ordered EEG and MRI I had them done on 7/9. I am currently waiting for results. Recently had ultrasound of abdomen and pelvis. Fluid was found in my cervix, I was also found to have a "fatty liver" my ankle has a knot, perhaps I have congestive heart failure. I am scheduled for a biopsy on 7/19/13 I am scared to death of what humira has done to me. I quit taking it after being in the hospital. I had never had a stroke or a possible seizure disorder, numbness in my head and nose since humira. Does this stuff stay in your system forever.
Posted by Todd
I am a 53 year old white male.
I was taking Humira for approximately one-year to treat Crohn's Disease, however I have discontinued its use due to health complications. The damaging conditions and complications I am now suffering are not in my family (they are not genetic), nor have I ever suffered any related symptoms or conditions before taking Humira.
Approximately 3-4 months after beginning Humira, and not knowing that any of these conditions were possibly related or promulgated by Humira, I developed and was treated for several skin/dermatology conditions, such as "inflamed seborrheic Keratosis" and various "basal cell carcinomas." The Dermatopathology Report is quoted as saying, "This is a curious case and there appears to be a disconnect between the clinical and histopathologic impression. Certainly, there is no evidence of any atypical basaloid or atypical invasive squamous process, even despite performance of multiple step levels."
Soon after, I was diagnosed with "Gynecomastia," but in only my right breast. Again, the diagnosis was confusing to the doctors as I had no family history and that it was only in one breast.
Then, I felt a small lump near the heal of my right foot. Again, it was unknown as to what or why I had a suspicious area of inflammation.
In this year alone, I have suffered from nearly a dozen painful, and apparently unrelated and mysterious, inflammations and "lymphedemas." I have had to go to the emergency room 3 times and to many doctors. Multiple painful swellings have occurred in my testicles, penis, under my buttocks, arms, hands, face, lips, throat, and tongue.
I am now under the care of a Oncologist/Hematologist who, and again, is confused as to why this is occurring and believes it is a severe reaction to Humira.
Sadly, and as a side note, I apparently developed Crohn's Disease from taking the medication Accutane around 1993. Again, I stumped doctors when I was finally diagnosed with Crohn's as I was atypical of the general Crohn's patient and it is nowhere in my family.
Posted by AJ
I developed 'Saturday night palsy" in right hand the morning after a shot, after the next dose, the left hand to "went out" 2 nueros never seen anything like it, nothing to do. Lasted 9 months. Very scary to have both hands paralyzed & not have anyone know what to do. 2 years later still have atrophy
Posted by Beth
@ Tina...get a new Neuro, asap, I was on Humira for 2.5 yrs & was diagnosed with Humira Induced Multiple Sclerosis 3 yrs ago...most importantly get OFF the Humira ASAP
Posted by Tina
I've been experiencing the numbness/tingling on the left side of my face, my lips, left arm. Also, joint pain and chills. Sent to a neurologist for various tests, all negative. Neuro says it may be MS, but nothing conclusive. Asked GI doc about the possibility of it being Humira and she said I need to find a new Neurologist. Aside from a multivitamin, Humira is the only med I take.
Posted by Teresa Stephenson
I want to add its not just cancers and peripheral neuopathy. I have been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, stroke symptoms and I now have aplace on my brain that will have to be monitored from time to time that could lead to TIA's that eventually lead to strokes and I didnot have this issue till Humira. I also have visual and speech disturbances still even after being taken off Humira. I have numbness and tingling in my mouth, face and hands, extreme fatigue, worseneing of joint and muscle pain and tremors. Most of these issues will never go away. I urge people to do some research before they take such serious medications. But you can research all you want though and what do you do when important life changing side-effects, some can be fatal, are not mentioned or reported to you.
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