Drug manufacturer, Genentech, announced the recall of Raptiva® in April 2009. This drug was used to treat Psoriasis and was linked to a life-threatening brain infection, progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). Since Raptiva® was first introduced to the U.S. market, it has led to many injuries and deaths.

Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) is a rare brain infection caused by a virus that affects the central nervous system. Some symptoms of PML are:

  • Changes in personality
  • Chronic and progressive weakness
  • Difficulty speaking, slurring words
  • Memory loss
  • Vision problems

Patients who suffer from PML have traumatic disabilities and other debilitating symptoms for weeks or months after diagnosis. There is no cure for this serious brain infection.
Raptiva® is also known to have the potential to increase the risk of and reactivate latent, chronic infections including:

  • Abscess
  • Bronchitis
  • Cellulites
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Meningitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Sepsis

If you or a loved one has suffered any injury due to Raptiva®, it is important that you seek medical attention immediately.
On January 7th, 2011, a Texas man has diagnosed with classes Hodgkin’s lymphoma and has filed a Raptiva® lawsuit against Xoma LLC and Roche’s Genentech subsidiary. He alleges that the drug caused him to develop cancer. Gerald Sylvia of Massachusetts is also suing Xoma LLC and Genentech Inc., claiming that the drug Raptiva® caused him to develop acute retinal necrosis and meningitis. He is now legally blind. This dangerous drug lawsuit was filed on January 10, 2011. Unfortunately, each year, thousands of Americans are injured or killed, due to the adverse side effects of prescription drugs.
If you or a member of your family has suffered serious injuries due to Raptiva®, please contact us. We are here to answer your questions and discuss how to protect your legal rights. We will aggressively seek full compensation for any losses including:

  • Burial and funeral costs in death cases
  • Emotional pain and suffering
  • Long-term hospitalization
  • Long-term treatment programs
  • Loss wages lost the ability to work
  • Loss in quality of life
  • Medical expenses
  • Permanent disabilities
  • Physical disfigurement

You can set up an initial consultation with one of the defective drug attorneys at our Boston office by calling (617) 742-1900, or toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. We will forward your information to an appropriate member of our staff.
By James A. Swartz of Swartz & Swartz, P.C.Permalink

About the Author: James Swartz
Mr. Swartz, our Managing and Principal Attorney at Swartz & Swartz P.C., is a nationally recognized and respected trial attorney as well as consumer advocate. His practice focuses on cases involving negligence, torts, products liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and other claims involving catastrophic injuries.

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