Humira is a medicine made by Abbott Laboratories of Abbott Park, Illinois. The company also goes by the name of AbbVie. Rheumatologists have been prescribing Humira for individuals who are afflicted with arthritis, psoriasis and Crohn’s disease as well as other illnesses. The injectable drug Humira is designed to suppress the immune system and prevent inflammatory responses in the joints and tissues.
One of the principle side effects of patients injecting Humira is the cause of fungal infections. Patients taking Humira are under an increased risk for fungal infections including disseminated histoplasmosis. If the fungal infection goes unrecognized and untreated, it can lead to life-threatening infections.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued an alert in September 2008 to all manufacturers of tumor necrosis factor blockers (TNF) which included the Abbott Laboratories product Humira about the risks of unrecognized drug-induced histoplasmosis.
Patients who have developed disseminated histoplasmosis and other infectious side-effects from using Humira have filed lawsuits against Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie claiming that the use of Humira is a dangerous and defective product that should not be used without adequate warnings made by the manufacturer and physicians who prescribe it.
Humira generally is a type of medication that is used to block the production of a protein described as TNF, which is the tumor necrosis factor that causes these immune diseases. In the FDA warning, it was asserted that the use of Humira is linked to tuberculosis, invasive fungal infections and other infections, some of which can be deadly. All patients who have been prescribed the use of Humira and have been taken it must be tested for latent tuberculosis infection and then doctors must monitor patients for signs and symptoms of other side effects that are relevant to the use of Humira.
AbbVie is a division of Abbott Laboratories that is responsible for the oversight and distribution of Humira. In some pending lawsuits, AbbVie has filed an injunction to try to block the release of data regarding the side effects of the use of Humira on individual patients. Of most particular interest to the public generally are the dangerous side effects from Humira use. One of those side effects is histoplasmosis which is a fungal infection that usually affects a patient’s lungs. Because those patients using Humira for particular purposes have compromised immune systems, histoplasmosis can be very serious and even life-threatening. Infections of any kind are dangerous, especially to those who compromised by other illnesses, age, physical disabilities and immune system issues.
In order to know or suspect that Humira may be dangerous to its users, patients should see their doctors annually at least to check the immune system by way of blood tests. In addition Humira users should be on look for signs and systems of the side effects. These side effects include numbness of tingling sensations in hands, arms and legs, chest, shortness of breath and fatigue. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms the prescribing doctor should be notified immediately or just go to an emergency room for treatment.
If you or someone you know has symptoms of histoplasmosis which can include weight loss, fever, cough, pneumonia, headaches, shortness of breath, contact your doctor immediately or go to the emergency room without delay. If you or someone you love has been injured or suffered serious side effects from the use of Humira, you need to contact experienced pharmaceutical litigation lawyers at Kreisman Law Offices. As a patient who has experienced these serious side effects, you may be able to file an injury case, wrongful death case against the pharmaceutical companies that have manufactured, designed and produced this prescription drug.
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