My husband had reumatoid arthritis and I know these injections were the cause of his passing at age 49
I am so very sorry for your loss. I just can't imagine the pain you are in and my heart goes out to you.
I agree, the manufacturers know it causes cancer in certain people, so WHY would it be on the market?
I would contact an attorney if I were you, I know it is a horrible time for you and that would be so difficult, but you might want to think about it.
Again, my heart goes out go you,
It doesn't cause cancer as much as lower the immunity so it can't fight getting cancer. The manufacturer warns of this and its up to the person getting it whether or not they want to chance it. These meds help alot more people then they harm. As sad as it is to loose someone, I know I've been there, its not something I feel you should be able to sue for, because its warned in a black box warning, that this can happen. They didn't force him to take the medication, it was his decision.
I am so sorry for your loss. One should never take a drug lightly. ALL drugs can have side effects and any of them can be fatal to certain people (those with anaphylactic reactions, for instance). One should learn all they can about a medicine. Read the literature carefully or look the medication up on a site like Drugs.com here. One should be well informed about the pros and cons of a medication before taking them. Taking a medication is not without risk. Most people do not have bad side effects but some do. Drs prescribe medicines when they feel the benefits outweigh the risks but we cannot always foresee who will have bad reactions. This is a known side effect that this drug lowers the immune system and may lower the bodies ability to fight off infections and other foreign invaders in the body like cancer.
It is very unfortunate that your loved one was one of the ones who had something bad happen as a result of this medication but many people have found that Humira has saved their lives and allow them to live a better quality of life. It may sound harsh but Kaismama is correct. No one forced him to take the medication. The risks are something one should always discuss with their Dr before starting any medication. You can always refuse any treatment at any time. This is your right as a patient. A black box warning is one of the strongest warnings that can be placed upon a medication and the black box warning on Humira is very clear that cancer is a possible side effect.
SERIOUS INFECTIONS AND MALIGNANCY
Patients treated with HUMIRA are at increased risk for developing serious infections that may lead to hospitalization or death [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]. Most patients who developed these infections were taking concomitant immunosuppressants such as methotrexate or corticosteroids.
HUMIRA should be discontinued if a patient develops a serious infection or sepsis.
Reported infections include:
Active tuberculosis (TB), including reactivation of latent TB. Patients with TB have frequently presented with disseminated or extrapulmonary disease. Patients should be tested for latent TB before HUMIRA use and during therapy. Treatment for latent TB should be initiated prior to HUMIRA use.
Invasive fungal infections, including histoplasmosis, coccidioidomycosis, candidiasis, aspergillosis, blastomycosis, and pneumocystosis. Patients with histoplasmosis or other invasive fungal infections may present with disseminated, rather than localized, disease. Antigen and antibody testing for histoplasmosis may be negative in some patients with active infection. Empiric anti-fungal therapy should be considered in patients at risk for invasive fungal infections who develop severe systemic illness.
Bacterial, viral and other infections due to opportunistic pathogens, including Legionella and Listeria.
The risks and benefits of treatment with HUMIRA should be carefully considered prior to initiating therapy in patients with chronic or recurrent infection.
Patients should be closely monitored for the development of signs and symptoms of infection during and after treatment with HUMIRA, including the possible development of TB in patients who tested negative for latent TB infection prior to initiating therapy. [See WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS and ADVERSE REACTIONS]
Lymphoma and other malignancies, some fatal, have been reported in children and adolescent patients treated with TNF blockers, of which HUMIRA is a member. [See WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS] Post-marketing cases of hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma (HSTCL), a rare type of T-cell lymphoma, have been reported in patients treated with TNF blockers including HUMIRA. These cases have had a very aggressive disease course and have been fatal. The majority of reported TNF blocker cases has occurred in patients with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis and the majority were in adolescent and young adult males. Almost all these patients had received treatment with azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine concomitantly with a TNF blocker at or prior to diagnosis. It is uncertain whether the occurrence of HSTCL is related to use of a TNF blocker or a TNF blocker in combination with these other immunosuppressants.
I am indeed very sorry for your loss. Many patients find that taking this class of medications allows them some years of getting their life back - being able to function without incredibly bad, crippling pain. They make the choice: risk getting cancer, deadly infections, etc. but have some good years in which to not only survive, but to THRIVE, and to enjoy life. It's a tough call, but a majority of patients on this category of medications get over 8 years + of a good life, with minimal pain and suffering. Once again - so very sorry for your loss. - ElizaJane
- Humira Information for Consumers
- Humira Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Humira (detailed)
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