Raptiva Overview: Raptiva Side Effects and Claims
Raptiva Used to Treat Moderate to Severe Plaque Psoriasis
Raptiva was used for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis and is injected subcutaneously (injected into the body). Psoriasis is a chronic disease in which the body creates more skin cells than normal. The increased production is attributed to activation of lymphocytes, which are part of the immune system. In order to decrease the production of the extra skin cells, Raptiva works to suppress the immune system. The drug is usually injected once a week under the supervision of a doctor or nurse.
Raptiva Side Effects and Claims
There are some side effects related to the use of the drug, including headache, infection, chills, nausea and pain. However, because Raptiva works to suppress the immune system, there have been many more serious side effects that have been observed in patients continually taking the drug and have resulted in the drugs withdrawal from the market. One of the major side effects to Raptiva was the progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), which was found in four patients and resulted in the death of three patients. All of these patients had been taking Raptiva for at least three years and were not using any other drugs that suppressed the immune system. PML is an infection of the brain and spinal cord and likely results in death. PML is the manifestation of the JC virus, which is dormant in most people. However, when the immune system is compromised and affected, then the virus may develop and turn into PML.
Genentech, Inc. issued a voluntary recall of the drug in 2009, and the FDA issued a Public Health Advisory about the drugs life threatening side effects.
Check out the following articles for more information about Raptiva, filing a Raptiva lawsuit and finding a Raptiva attorney.
- For more information about Raptiva side effects, such as bacterial sepsis, viral meningitis, infections, see Raptiva Side Effects.
- To find out more about the FDA recall, see Raptiva Recall: Information and Warnings.
- If you would like to learn more about Raptiva lawsuits, see Raptiva Side Effect Lawsuits On The Rise After Drug’s Market Withdrawal.
- To learn more about Raptiva attorneys and how to find one, see Hiring a Raptiva Attorney and Lawyer.