Amgen Inc. manufactures and markets Epogen (generic name: epoetin alfa). In July 1999, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approved Epogen to treat anemia in patients with cancer, kidney disease, HIV, and patients requiring major surgery. Epogen is extensively used in the United States. Epogen, however, is linked to severe and sometimes fatal side effects including:
The FDA required Amgen to add a black box warning to Epogen’s label detailing these serious side effects.
Epogen Lawsuit: Manufacturing an Unsafe Drug
Injured victims have filed Epogen lawsuits alleging that Amgen manufactured an unsafe drug. The lawsuits allege that studies showed that Epogen use by cancer patients may actually accelerate their cancers’ progression and shorten survival rates. In a 9 to 5 vote, the FDA’s advisory panel recommended that Epogen should not be used by patients with breast or head and neck cancer.
Lawsuits further highlight that another study revealed that Epogen users with kidney disease may develop serious cardiovascular problems, including heart attacks and strokes. Epogen lawsuits allege that Amgen should be held liable for manufacturing and marketing an unsafe drug.
Epogen Lawsuit: Illegal Marketing
Epogen lawsuits allege that Amgen engaged in illegal marketing that placed Epogen users at risk. Epogen lawsuits note that Congressmen John Dingell and Bart Stupak (both Michigan Democrats) sent letters to Amgen stating that their Epogen marketing campaign convinced doctors to prescribe Epogen at unsafe doses. Lawsuits also note that in May 2007, the New York Times reported that about 50% of kidney disease patients received Epogen doses above the FDA approved levels. The article also reported that American patients received double the Epogen doses compared to European patients.
Filing an Epogen Lawsuit
If you would like more information about filing an Epogen lawsuit, or if you or a loved one has been injured by Epogen side effects, please contact us today. Our Epogen lawyers can assist you in filing a potential lawsuit against Amgen.
Recovery from a lawsuit may include:
- medical bills
- pain and suffering
- lost income
- mental anguish