On February 24, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) granted Genentech’s request for a hearing to review the safety and effectiveness of Avastin, a drug used to treat various forms of cancer. Genentech, the manufacturer of Avastin, is a subsidiary of Roche. Genentech requested the hearing following a December 16, 2010 decision by the FDA requiring the manufacturer remove from the drug’s labeling that it is a treatment for breast cancer. The FDA announced that that it would be revoking its approval of Avastin for the treatment of breast cancer based on studies concluding that the drug does not provide a sufficient benefit to those suffering from breast cancer in order to justify exposing patients to serious adverse side effects stemming from Avastin use. Genentech will have the opportunity to rebut the FDA findings at the hearing, which is scheduled for June 28 and 29.

An Avastin Lawsuit is a Remedy for other Cancer Patients

Notwithstanding the FDA’s December decision, Avastin is still approved to treat patients suffering from lung, kidney and colon cancers. Although the FDA limited its decision to breast cancer patients after finding that the drug does not provide a sufficient benefit in slowing disease progression, all cancer patients taking Avastin are at risk for developing perforations of the colon, impaired wound healing, and internal bleeding. Thus, breast cancer patients are not the only individuals who can file an Avastin lawsuit against Genentech for injuries sustained as a result of Avastin use.

Avastin Lawsuit for Failure to Warn

In an Avastin lawsuit, Genentech may be held liable for failing to warn users of the drug’s dangerous side effects. Patients injured by the serious side effects associated with Avastin may be entitled to file an Avastin lawsuit seeking compensation for their injuries. With an Avastin lawsuit, injured patients may be able to collect compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Loss of income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disability costs
  • Out-of-pocket expenses

If you or a loved one experienced serious side effects after taking Avastin, you may be eligible to file an Avastin lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries and reimbursement of your expenses. Contact one of our Avastin injury attorneys today for a free assessment of your potential Avastin lawsuit and find out if you are eligible for compensation. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP have extensive litigation experience, and have recovered billions of dollars for their clients. In addition to being staunch advocates for your claim, our Avastin injury lawyers also provide personal attention to guide you through the complex litigation process.

Published November 17, 2011 by