Wayne Stone Sr. claims he was cancer free when he began receiving injections of Enbrel to treat his rheumatoid arthritis, according to the lawsuit. Now, he says he is disabled and forced to live in pain, contending that his doctor never would have prescribed the drug to him if he had known about its potential side effects.
Stone, who claims he got lymphoma from the Enbrel injections, is reportedly seeking punitive damages from the drugmaker and other distributors for negligence, fraud, product liability and fraud by concealment, among other charges.
"Despite the serious, debilitating and deadly side effects that defendants were aware that Enbrel can cause or to which it can be a substantial contributing factor, defendants widely advertised and promoted Enbrel," the lawsuit states.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, Enbrel can potentially limit the ability of a person's body to fend off infection from bacteria, viruses and fungi.