What is Limbrel?
Manufactured and marketed by Primus Pharmaceuticals, Limbrel is used to treat osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis that occurs when joint cartilage breaks down in the body. Limbrel is classified as a medical food product, which is a food “that is specially formulated and intended for the dietary management of a disease that has distinctive nutritional needs that cannot be met by normal diet alone,” according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA to Primus Pharmaceuticals: Recall Limbrel Now!
On December 5, 2017, FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication announcing that it had advised Primus Pharmaceuticals to recall Limbrel after an investigation determined the product to be an “unapproved new drug” which has been linked to at least 194 reports of serious side effects, many of which included “drug-induced liver injury and hypersensitivity pneumonitis.” Primus has not recalled Limbrel or responded to the Communication, according to the FDA.
Limbrel Side Effects
Serious side effects of Limbrel may include:
- Drug-induced liver injury
- Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
- Immunological complications
Other, less severe side effects:
- Itching or swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat)
- Severe dizziness
- Trouble breathing
Acute Liver Injury due to Flavocoxid: Study
A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in January 2012 looked at a cohort of 877 patients with liver injury, of which 4 cases were suspected of being caused by flavocoxid (the active ingredient in Limbrel). Of these, all occurred in women aged 57 to 68 years who developed symptoms of liver injury within 1 to 3 months after initiating treatment with flavocoxid. The researchers concluded that “flavocoxid can cause clinically significant liver injury, which seems to resolve within weeks after cessation.”
Liver Failure Symptoms
- Yellowing of your skin and eyeballs (jaundice)
- Pain in your upper right abdomen
- Abdominal swelling
- A general sense of feeling unwell (malaise)
- Disorientation or confusion
If you are taking Limbrel, FDA recommends that you consult your physician immediately with any questions or concerns. Never stop taking a prescription medication without talking to your doctor first. Call 911 if you begin experiencing any of the above symptoms after taking Limbrel.
Why Our Law Firm is Opposed to a Limbrel Class Action
Our lawyers have decided against the filing of a class action lawsuit in the Limbrel litigation, and are only filing individual lawsuits for people who were diagnosed with the most serious medical conditions. We made this decision in the best interest of our clients, as individual lawsuits maximize payouts, whereas class action suits typically result in lower settlement amounts in exchange for an expedited litigation process.
Do I Have a Limbrel 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 Limbrel lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new drug-induced liver injury and hypersensitivity pneumonitis cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were harmed by Limbrel side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.