What is Avastin?
Avastin is classified as a “monoclonal antibody” and “anti-angiogenesis” drug, which is approved for the treatment for the following conditions:
- Metastatic colon or rectal cancer, used as part of a combination chemotherapy regimen
- Non-squamous, non-small cell lung cancer
- Metastatic breast cancer used as part of a combination chemotherapy regimen
- Glioblastoma (GBM)
- Metastatic renal cell carcinoma
Avastin may also used “off-label,” or for uses not approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), for the following conditions:
- Macular degeneration
- Retinal vein occlusion
- Diabetic macular edema
- Diabetic retinopathy
It is legal for doctors to prescribe medications for off-label uses, but it is illegal for pharmaceutical companies to market products for unapproved indications.
Avastin Silicone Floaters
When being used off-label to treat eye diseases, Avastin is placed into syringes by compounding pharmacies and then sent to ophthalmologists. The problem is that these syringes are lubricated with silicone oil, which can travel from the surface of the needle and mix with liquid Avastin. When this occurs, patients may be left with silicone particles or “floaters” in their eyes, which can lead to a number of severe health complications.
Silicone Floater Complications
- Increased intraocular pressure
- Infection (endophthalmitis)
- Retinal tearing
- Retinal detachment
- Cataract formation
- Glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye)
- Hypotony (reduced pressure in the eye)
- Corneal damage
- Vision loss/blindness
- Other sight-related complications
Avastin Side Effects
- Silicone particles, “floaters” or “bubbles”
- Severe high blood pressure
- Neurological damage
- Eye infections & inflammation
- Streptococcus endophthalmitis
- Heart attacks
- Heart failure
- Kidney damage
- Impaired wound healing
- Blood clots
- Pulmonary embolism (PE)
- Perforations in the nose, stomach and intestines
- Jaw decay
- Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ)
- Ovarian failure
- Worsening of coronary artery disease
- Worsening of peripheral artery disease
- Reversible Posterior Leukoencephalopathy Syndrome
Why Our Firm Has Decided Against the Filing of an Avastin Class Action
Although we are a nationally recognized class action firm, the Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm has decided against the filing of an Avastin Class Action Suit, and is currently only filing individual claims on behalf of people who developed silicone floaters or bubbles in their eyes after being treated with Avastin.
In this type of litigation, class action lawsuits can be a detriment to many class members, as they are often forced into a blanket “low ball settlement” and higher attorney fees. We understand that our clients are suffering emotionally and economically due to loss of wages and/or high medical bills and we plan to maximize each client’s recovery by filing individual Avastin lawsuits on their behalf.
Do I Have an Avastin Silicone Floaters Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Avastin lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new silicone floaters cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you had complications from Avastin eye injections because silicone floaters or bubbles were left in your eyes, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.