Actemra is an FDA approved drug used to treat moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, an inflammatory condition affecting the joints. When Actemra was distributed in 2010, it was praised as a superior alternative to existing medications for rheumatoid arthritis. However, recent studies have shown that patients taking Actemra are at serious risk of developing debilitating side effects such as:
  • Heart Attack;
  • Heart Failure;
  • Stroke;
  • Interstitial Lung Disease;
  • Pancreatitis;
  • Gastrointestinal Perforations (tears and holes)

What is Actemra?

Actemra is an immunosuppressive drug prescribed for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Actemra has also been indicated for the treatment of polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis, systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and recently, giant cell arteritis. It works by directly blocking a protein known as interleukin-6 (IL-6) from connecting to cells. IL-6 is implicated in the development of immunological and inflammatory responses.

What is Happening with Actemra?

A recent study published by STAT News revealed that hundreds of patients who were treated with Actemra have died from heart or lung disease. According to the report, the risks of serious side effects such as heart attack, heart disease, stroke, and pancreatitis were as high or higher for Actemra users as for those taking alternative medications for rheumatoid arthritis. Unlike other drugs, however, Actemra does not contain a warning label to alert users about these life-threatening side effects. The FDA received notice that over 1,000 people have died while taking Actemra, though it has not yet confirmed that Actemra was the immediate cause of death.



Actemra Side Effects and Complications

Side effects of Actemra include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Stomach pain
  • Vomiting
  • Blistering skin rash
  • Upper respiratory infection
  • High blood pressure
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Gastrointestinal Perforations (tears and holes)
  • Pancreatitis

Actemra Lawyers are Ready to Help

Contact our Abbott-Thoratec HeartMate II LVAS Lawyers to review whether you or a loved one may be entitled to financial compensation. Levy Konigsberg LLP is currently accepting Abbott-Thoratec HeartMate II LVAS cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one has suffered one or more these complications, you may be entitled to a cash award and compensation for medical expenses. For a free confidential consultation with Abbott-Thoratec HeartMate II LVAS Lawyers at our law firm, please call (800) 315-3806 or submit an email inquiry.


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