Our lawyers are reviewing potential lawsuits for people who were injured by the side effects of Viberzi (generic: eluxadoline), an irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) medication that has been linked to an increased risk for pancreatitis in patients who have had gallbladder removal surgery.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with pancreatitis after taking Viberzi, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
What is Viberzi?
Viberzi (eluxadoline) is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome when the main symptom is diarrhea.
How Does it Work?
Viberzi works directly in the intestines to slow the movement of food during digestion. The drug also makes the nerves in the intestines less sensitive to stimulation.
Who Makes Viberzi?
Viberzi is manufactured by Allergan, and was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on May 27, 2015.
How Much Does it Cost?
Without insurance, the price of Viberzi is usually around $1100 for 60 tablets. If you’re looking for a way to reduce the cost of Viberzi, there are many coupons available online.
What’s the Problem?
On March 15, 2017, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned that Viberzi should not be used in patients who do not have a gallbladder, as these individuals may have an increased risk of developing inflammation of the pancreas or pancreatitis, both of which could lead to hospitalization or death.
What is Pancreatitis?
Pancreatitis is a disease in which the pancreas becomes inflamed. Pancreatic damage happens when digestive enzymes are activated before they are released into the small intestine and begin attacking the pancreas.
What are the Symptoms of Pancreatitis?
- Upper abdominal pain that radiates into the back
- Swollen and tender abdomen
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased heart rate
Are There Other Side Effects?
In addition to being linked to an increased risk for pancreatitis, Viberzi may cause the following side effects in some users:
- Abdominal pain
- Upper respiratory tract infection
- Runny or stuffy nose
What Other Conditions May Affect Viberzi?
People with the following conditions should not take Viberzi:
- Severe constipation or a blockage in the intestines
- A history of gallbladder obstruction
- Digestive problems caused by a muscle valve called the sphincter of Oddi
- Severe liver disease
- A pancreas disorder
- Habitual drinking of more than three alcoholic beverages per day
Can I File a Viberzi Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit against Allergan, the company that manufactures Viberzi, which is why we are currently offering free case evaluations. Simply fill out the confidential evaluation form below to contact our law firm now.
Most cases involving pharmaceuticals allege that a drug was sold with design, manufacturing, and/or marketing defects, which typically refers to a company’s failure to warn of a certain side effect. In the case of Viberzi, our attorneys suspect that patients may be able to take legal action in light of claims that Allergan failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of pancreatitis.
How Can Filing a Lawsuit Help Me?
By filing a lawsuit against the maker of Allergan, you may be entitled to collect compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your pancreatitis, as well as for damages for pain and suffering. Additionally, filing a lawsuit can help hold the drug’s manufacturer accountable for releasing an allegedly defective drug into the marketplace, and to discourage other pharmaceutical companies from engaging in similar conduct.
Is There a Class Action?
The Viberzi litigation is still in its early stages and no class action lawsuit has been filed over injuries alleged from the drug. However, if at some point in the future enough suits are filed alleging similar injuries from Viberzi, these complaints may be consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) for pretrial handling. MDLs, which are different from class actions, are commonly established when many lawsuits are filed against the same defendant, and when the injuries to each plaintiff are unique.
Why Our Law Firm Is Filing Individual Lawsuits Opposed To a Class Action
In some instances, a class action may offer some advantages, as they aggregate a large number of individualized claims into one representational lawsuit. The aggregation can increase the efficiency of the legal process, lower the costs of litigation and in some cases offer the solution to a common problem wherein small recoveries do not provide the incentive for any individual or law firm to file an individual lawsuit.
However, a class action suit can also be a detriment to many class members, as they are often forced into a blanket “low ball settlement” and higher attorney fees. At Schmidt & Clark, LLP 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 Viberzi lawsuits on their behalf.
Do I Have a Viberzi 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 Viberzi lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new pancreatitis cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you had pancreatitis from Viberzi, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.