New Lawsuit Filed Against Makers Of Macular Degeneration Drug, Beovu
A new lawsuit has been filed in Florida concerning the macular degeneration drug, Beovu. According to one plaintiff, the makers of Beovu over-reported the efficacy of the drug and failed to warn consumers about potential side effects. The lawsuit claims that Beovu causes retinal vasculitis, retinal vascular occlusion, and related conditions. The plaintiff claims they suffered severe eye damage as a result of taking the medication and that this complication was known to the makers of Beovu. They are accused of failing to warn doctors and patients about the damaging side-effects of their medication while misrepresenting its efficacy to treat macular degeneration.
Injuries caused by the drug
Essentially, vascular occlusion is a blood clot that prevents blood flow to a certain organ. In this case, the blood clot prevents blood flow to the retina. Eventually, this results in a loss of vision. Symptoms range from blurry or partially obscured vision to complete vision loss. Treating the condition requires prompt attention. The extent of the vision loss depends on how quickly the clot is cleared and the retina gets its blood supply back.
What is macular degeneration?
Macular degeneration is a condition that damages the retina. So, you can see why the allegations against the drug company are quite serious. The allegations put forth by the plaintiff indicate that not only did the drug cause dangerous undisclosed side effects, but those side effects actually made the condition that the drug was trying to treat worse. In essence, the plaintiffs contend the drug is unfit for its advertised purpose. This could be a major problem for the drug company that allegedly falsely advertised the drug as being suited to the purpose of treating macular degeneration. Instead, the drug caused damage to the very organ it was attempting to improve. This is a huge problem for the drug company since they advertised the drug as suitable for a condition it worsened.
Multiple allegations under different theories of law
The drug company is being sued under product liability law for placing a product in the stream of commerce that caused injury to a consumer. Companies are strictly liable under product liability rules, so if they injure a customer, they generally must pay damages. However, this lawsuit is further complicated by allegations of fraudulent advertising and concealment. The attorney for the plaintiff alleges that the company knew of the potentially damaging side effect and did not report it to the FDA, doctors who were prescribing the drug, or their patients. In a case like this, the patient’s doctor can be a vital expert witness.
On the surface, this looks like a strong candidate for a class-action lawsuit.
Talk to a Charlottesville, VA Pharmaceutical Drug Attorney
If you have been injured by a dangerous drug, call the Charlottesville medical malpractice attorneys at MichieHamlett today. We will be able to review your claim and determine if a suit against the drug company or your doctor is appropriate.