Telaprevir (Incivek) | Hep C

Telaprevir (Incivek) | Hep C

Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 20-Dec-2012

Incivek Tablets

What is Telaprevir?

Telaprevir, an oral drug used to treat hepatitis C, will now carry a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) black box warning due to the risk of a potentially fatal rash. Telaprevir, manufactured by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, is also marketed under brand names Incivek and Incivo.

A black box warning is the strongest warning that the FDA requires and is used when a drug has a significant risk of serious or life threatening effects.

What Are The Negative Effects of Telaprevir?

Telaprevir has known adverse side effects including serious skin reactions. During clinical trials prior to approval, some skin reactions were severe enough to require hospitalization and were considered life threatening. This risk was displayed on telapreir's original packaging. Less than 1% of patients were affected by serious side effects and those that were eventually made a full recovery.

During post-marketing surveillance the Vertex Pharmaceuticals received reports of death due to adverse skin reactions. The company has not reported how many deaths have been contributed to side effects of the drug, but they did make this statement, "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."

Vertex is stressing the importance of discontinuing the drug immediately after a serious skin reaction is identified. They say the fatal cases occurred with patients that continued to stay on the drug even after experiencing a serious skin reaction.

If You've Used Telaprevir, What Should You Do?

As a consumer and a patient, you have the right to trust your medication is safe. Tragically, this is not always the case. When a pharmaceutical company acts negligently, its actions can result in serious side effects. Victims, however, may recoup damages through successful product liability claim against the drug's maker.

Our product liability attorneys represent victims across the country, and we have the experience necessary to stand toe-to-toe with big pharmaceutical companies. The Maher Law Firm has the resources to successfully litigate a Telaprevir lawsuit. If you have experienced Telaprevir side effects, our attorneys can help.

Contact our law firm today!

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