Patients without a gallbladder who took Viberzi and developed pancreatitis may be eligible to pursue a claim and seek financial compensation.
Viberzi is a medication used for patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D), a condition which causes excessive gas, severe abdominal pains, and loose bowel movements. It was approved by the FDA in 2015. Lawsuits against the manufacturer of Viberzi were filed by patients and affected family members claiming the drug increases the risk of pancreatitis among users.
If you or a loved one was treated with Viberzi and suffered pancreatitis and other complications, contact Maxwell Law Group LLP today. We can answer your questions and review your case for free.
What is Viberzi?
This condition causes excessive gas production, severe abdominal pain, and frequent loose bowels.
Viberzi Quick Facts
Medication for Irritable Bowel Syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D)
Pancreatitis in patients who had their gall bladder removed
How Does Viberzi Work?
Viberzi contains mixed opioid receptors: a mu receptor agonist, a delta receptor antagonist, and a kappa receptor agonist. All of these reduce intestinal contractions and normalize the accelerated movement of the upper GI tract. The delta receptor antagonistic activity also minimizes the possible constipating effect that is usually caused by mu receptor agonists.
Risks and Warnings
In 2017, the FDA released a warning that Viberzi should not be used with patients who had their gallbladders removed. The FDA received reports of serious cases of pancreatitis from users of the drug who had previously had their gallbladders removed.
From May 2015 to February 2017, there were 120 reports of pancreatitis and death. Among the 68 patients who submitted their gallbladder status, 56 of them did not have a gallbladder. Roughly 48 of the cases developed soon after the first or second dose. Out of 120 cases, 76 patients were hospitalized, and 2 of them died. Both of the individuals who passed away had previously had their gallbladders removed, and both experienced severe abdominal pain and vomiting shortly after taking their first dose of
Injuries from Viberzi
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Patients and family members who have been affected by Viberzi are now filing lawsuits against its manufacturer, Allergan. The lawsuits claim that the company failed to warn the public about the serious side effects of the drug, specifically pancreatitis for those who have previously had their gallbladder removed.
The lawsuits allege that Allergan should have engaged in more exhaustive testing of Viberzi and identifying its risks before releasing it to the market. Unfortunately, Viberzi was prescribed to patients who had previously had their gallbladder removed for 2 years before the FDA warning was issued.
How Maxwell Law Group Can Help
If you or your loved one had a gallbladder removed and suffered from pancreatitis after taking Viberzi, Maxwell Law Group can help get you the compensation you deserve. Call (844) 525-7155 or fill out the form below and we’ll investigate your case at no charge to you.
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