Procrit, also known as epoetin alfa, is manufactured by Amgen Inc. and marketed by Ortho Biotech, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary. The FDA approved Procrit in 1999 to treat anemia in patients with caner, kidney failure, HIV, and patients requiring major surgery. Procrit is extensively used in the United States; however, Procrit has been linked to severe and sometimes fatal side effects. The FDA required Procrit’s label to warn users about these serious side effects.
Procrit Lawsuit: Manufacturing an Unsafe Drug
Injured victims can file Procrit lawsuits alleging that Amgen created an unsafe drug. Procrit lawsuits note that studies revealed that Procrit use by certain cancer patients may accelerate the cancer’s progression and shorten survival rates. The study prompted the FDA’s advisory panel, in a 9 to 5 vote, to recommend against Procrit use by patients with breast cancer or head and neck cancer.
Procrit lawsuits further allege that another study revealed that Procrit use by kidney failure patients may cause cardiovascular events, including heart attacks and stroke. Procrit lawsuits allege that Amgen and Johnson & Johnson are liable for manufacturing and marketing an unsafe drug.
Procrit Lawsuit: Illegal Marketing
Lawsuits allege that Amgen and Johnson & Johnson engaged in illegal marketing that placed users at risk. Procrit lawsuits highlight that Congressmen John Dingell and Bart Stupak (both Michigan representative) sent letters to Amgen and Johnson & Johnson stating that their Procrit marketing campaigns are likely to convince doctors to prescribe Procrit at unsafe doses. Many Procrit lawsuits assert that in May 2007, the New York Times reported that about 50% of kidney failure patients received Procrit doses above the FDA approved levels. The lawsuits further assert that American patients receive twice the Procrit dosage that European patients receive. Procrit lawsuits claim that Amgen and Johnson & Johnson should be held liable for the illegal marketing campaigns.
Filing a Procrit Lawsuit
If you or a loved one has been injured by Procrit’s side effects, please contact us today. Procrit lawyers can assist you in filing a lawsuit against Amgen and Johnson & Johnson. A lawsuit may help you recover compensation for:
- Medical Bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income
- Mental anguish