Hepatitis C Drug Telaprevir or Incivek

Hepatitis C Drug Telaprevir or Incivek

Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 3-Jan-2013

Hepatitis C Drug Telaprevir or Incivek

Incivek (Telaprevir) is a prescription medication used with the medicines peginterferon alfa and ribavirin to treat chronic hepatitis C genotype 1 infection in adults.

Incivek is co-developed by Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson and has been linked to fatal skin reactions.

“Fatal cases of serious skin reactions have been reported in patients with progressive rash and systemic symptoms who continued to receive Incivek combination treatment after a serious skin reaction was identified.” said Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

Incivek can cause serious adverse effects, including, but not limited to:

  • Serious Skin Rash and Serious Skin Reactions – Causing hospitalization and even death. Symptoms may include: Rash, Blisters or skin lesions, Mouth sores or ulcers, Red or inflamed eyes, Swelling of the face, Fever.
  • Birth Defects or Death of an Unborn Baby – Do not take this medication if you are or are planning on becoming pregnant.
  • Anemia (low red blood cell count) – Causing dizziness, shortness of breath, tiredness or weakness.

On December 19, 2012, Vertex announced it would add a “Black Box” warning (the strongest warning the FDA requires and is used when a drug has a significant risk of serious or life threatening effects) of possible side effects on the US labels of Telaprevir, following reports of fatal skin reactions in patients who continued to receive Incivek combination therapy after a serious skin reaction was identified. Two people have died from skin reactions caused by Incivek combination treatment – 112 people have developed serious skin reactions of two different types.

Our Telaprevir Attorneys represent victims across the country, we have the experience necessary to stand toe-to-toe with big pharmaceutical companies, our firm has the resources to successfully litigate a Telaprevir lawsuit, if you have experienced Telaprevir side effects, our attorneys can help.

Call The Maher Law Firm today at 1-407-839-0866

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