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Humira Fungal Infection Award

Written by Faith Anderson on May 16, 2013
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Abbott Accused of Failure to Warn

According to Milton Tietz’s Humira complaint, his wife’s fungal infection diagnosis took months because Abbott Laboratories failed to promptly warn healthcare providers about the risk of problems associated with the popular arthritis medication. Following trial in Cook County Circuit Court, the Chicago jury found that Abbott Laboratories was negligent and ordered the drug firm to pay more than $2 million in damages as a result. The jury, however, did not agree that Humira was a defective product, despite the finding that Abbott was negligent for not taking reasonable measures to warn physicians about the risk of life-threatening fungal infections associated with the arthritis medication.

Fungal Infection Side Effects Linked to Humira

Humira (known generically as adalimumab) is a tumor necrosis factor blocker, also known as a TNF blocker, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2003 as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. The medication was later approved for use by patients struggling with ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, moderate to severe chronic psoriasis, Crohn’s disease, and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (previously known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis). According to Tietz’s lawsuit, Delores was prescribed Humira for rheumatoid arthritis in October 2009, and took the medication for nearly seven months before experiencing fevers and chest pain. She was eventually diagnosed with Humira-induced disseminated histoplasmosis and died in 2012 of an unrelated heart attack.

Contact a Skilled Product Liability Lawyer for Help

In September 2008, federal regulators issued an alert to all manufacturers of TNF blockers, including Abbott Laboratories, to provide updated information to doctors about the risks of drug-induced histoplasmosis fungal infections. Tietz’s complaint alleges that Abbott failed to send a letter directly to doctors warning of the fungal infection risk until May 17, 2010 – 20 months after the initial FDA warning and 10 days after Delores Tietz was hospitalized. If you took Humira or another pharmaceutical drug, and you have since experienced a serious side effect or complication, contact a knowledgeable lawyer with experience handling product liability claims in your area. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering, which a reputable attorney can help you pursue by filing a drug injury claim against the manufacturing company.


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