Onfi (Clobazam) Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (Sjs) Lawsuit
What Onfi Is Used For
Onfi is a relatively new drug that was first released in the country in 2011 although it has been used in other countries for decades. It is part of a class of medications known as benzodiazepines. Onfi is also referred to as clobazam. The main purpose of the drug is to suppress seizures. It is actually very powerful. Onfi is mainly used to treat children and adults who have a specific epileptic disorder called Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, or LGS. The drug is sometimes used with other medications in order to treat related mental health or neurological conditions. Tens of thousands of people in the country are currently taking Onfi to control seizures.
Research and Warnings
Some patients started experiencing problems while taking Onfi. The reports were so clear that the Food and Drug administration started issuing warnings about the medication. The problems that the patients were experiencing were not listed by the manufacturer. They were not in the medication guide for the drug. The warning states that doctors today should be closely monitoring anyone who is taking Onfi. Labeling and the medication guide will be adjusted in time. It looks as if the original manufacturer Lundbeck did not perform sufficient research before releasing the medication. This could be because the medication was in use in other countries previously. Although an official warning is in place today, Onfi is still being prescribed in record numbers.
Potential Problems Caused By Onfi
Onfi can cause patients to develop one or more very serious skin disorders. These disorders are known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). The conditions are related. SJS can eventually progress and become the more serious condition TEN. Both SJS and TEN cause skin cells to die. There result is that skin begins to separate from the body. This can cause pain, scarring and bleeding. The condition can eventually spread into areas like the nostrils, mouth and lungs. If SJS or TEN is left untreated, then permanent disfigurement could occur. Advanced stages of SJS and TEN will start to cause damage to the internal organs. Tissue damage can lead to destruction of the eyes and permanent blindness. It is possible that a person could die because of SJS or TEN. Children are more vulnerable to these conditions. SJS and TEN are also most likely to appear during the first two months of treatment with Onfi.
Signs of a Problem
The development of SJS and then TEN is gradual. Someone taking Onfi for seizures might have a problem if rashes begin to appear on the skin. The rashes might appear very mild and minor at first. The rashes could lead to blistering of the skin. This can be followed by peeling of the skin. The skin might start to appear irritated and loose. The individual on the medication could begin to develop hives in various locations around the body. Advanced cases of SJS or TEN can cause sores to form inside of the nose and mouth. These signs indicate that medical attention is needed immediately. It is important not to stop the medication if symptoms appear. Suddenly stopping could lead to serious and dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
Lawsuits from Patients Taking Onfi
Dozens of people developed SJS or TEN as a result of taking Onfi. Many of these patients were children. Children take Onfi because LGS often develops early during the first few years of life. At least one person was permanently blinded after treatment with Onfi. At least one person has died. This has sparked a number of lawsuits from people who suffered from the skin conditions and other injuries after taking the medication. Several lawsuits claim that Lundbeck intentionally withheld the information about developing SJS or TEN to make the drug more attractive. Other lawsuits simply claim that the pharmaceutical company did not do enough research and was negligent. Some of these lawsuits have been settled out of court while others are still pending against the manufacturer.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim
If you or someone you know has developed SJS or TEN after starting treatment with Onfi, then you might be able to file a personal injury claim against the manufacturer. Lundbeck is the only manufacturer at this point since generic versions of Onfi are not available in the country. A personal injury claim will allow you to seek monetary compensation from the manufacturer. You could be compensated for a wide variety of expenses. You will need the help of a personal injury attorney if you want your claim to be successful. The attorneys in our law firm have been representing people who have been injured for decades. We are familiar with all of the laws related to personal injury cases. Our law firm can help you to file a claim for your injuries. An attorney from our firm will work with you in order to build a case and gather evidence. If you or someone you know has been injured because of Onfi, then do not hesitate to contact us for a consultation.
Determining Your Damages
One of the more difficult parts about filing a personal injury lawsuit is determining your damages. SJS or TEN caused by Onfi can leave you with problems that are financial, physical and psychological. Your damages are not limited to just what you had to spend on treatment and recovery. They can include any losses that you experienced because the medication limited your ability to act. This can mean lost income that you were unable to earn because of the injuries. It can also include pain and suffering in some cases if your injuries were particularly bad. Our attorneys understand how to assess and prove your damages. We will work with you to determine the correct amount of compensation for your injuries.