Tepezza—which is the brand name for the drug teprotumumab—is the first drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of thyroid eye disease. While this medication was considered ground-breaking at the time it hit the market a few short years ago, it has since been linked to serious medical issues, including hearing loss.
If you are experiencing auditory issues after taking Tepezza, an experienced defective drug attorney from Childers, Schlueter & Smith might be able to help you recover financial compensation from the manufacturer for your condition. Schedule a free consultation with a Tepezza lawyer so you know where you stand with a potential case.
Auditory Side Effects of Tepezza
There are multiple side effects that have been linked to infusions of Tepezza. Based on client complaints and other historical information, most side effects generally relate to hearing loss. Users of the drug have reported developing hyperacusis, a type of hearing disorder that increases the sensitivity to sound. Tinnitus, or persistent ringing in the ear, has also been linked to the drug.
Hearing loss is another common consequence of taking Tepezza. While some people report temporary or partial hearing loss, others face permanent loss of hearing . Finally, issues like eustachian tube dysfunction (fluid in the ears) and autophony (believing that a person’s own voice is too loud in their ears) are also possible.
Pursuing Legal Action Against the Drug Manufacturer
There are legal requirements that must be met in order to pursue a successful claim against the makers of this drug. A Childers, Schlueter & Smith Tepezza attorney could provide an individual with guidance on how you might be entitled to recover compensation.
Risks of hearing loss were reported in the tests of the drug that were performed prior to FDA approval in January 2020. However, the manufacturers estimated that, at most, 10 percent of users would face potential health issues. Now that the drug has come to market, that percentage is many times higher than that, at a minimum. According to some evidence and a clinical study, those who suffer health issues after using Tepezza may be as high as 65% or more.
There are two main legal theories for why the makers of Tepezza or similar drugs could face consequences. First, compensation could be available if they failed to adequately test the drug before it made it to the public marketplace and that it was defective before even being approved. The second legal theory is that the makers of the drug failed to adequately warn the public of the known risks associated with Tepezza.
Has Tepezza Been Recalled?
Despite the health risks, there has not been a recall of Tepezza to date, but the lack of a recall does not mean that pursuing legal action is out of the question. There is compelling evidence that Tepezza is dangerous and the manufacturers of this drug should have warned the public of these risks. We are learning more everyday about the harmful effects of Tepezza and its link to hearing loss complications.
Contact an Attorney About Your Tepezza Lawsuit
If you are living with chronic auditory issues following Tepezza infusions, you could be entitled to compensation. There are links between hearing issues and the use of this drug, and it could be possible to hold the manufacturer accountable as we learn and show more. Let a Tepezza lawyer assist you in determining whether you meet the prerequisites for a dangerous drug claim. Call the attorneys at Childers, Schlueter & Smith for a free consultation on your Tepezza claim.