If you took Viberzi prior to May 2017, had a prior cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal) and were diagnosed with pancreatitis, or sphincter or Oddi spasm then you may have a Viberzi lawsuit. Your rights are extremely time sensitive and you should call our Viberzi lawyers at 1 (877) 561-0000 lawyers to determine if you have a case.
Sometimes with just a single dose of Viberzi you could experience an extreme side effect.
Viberzi is a prescription medicine used to manage IBS-D, also known as irritable bowel syndrome, abdominal pain and diarrhea. However, Allergan, the manufacturer of Viberzi failed to warn doctors that Viberzi increases the risks of pancreatitis for patients who are missing their gallbladder.
On March 15, 2017, the FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication regarding hospitalizations and deaths associated with patients who had taken Viberzi and who had undergone a cholecystectomy (the removal of the gallbladder).
The FDA, at the time of its alert, had received 120 reports of patients who had suffered serious pancreatitis after taking Viberzi. Seventy-six of these patients required hospitalization, fifty-six of them had their gallbladder removed, and two of the patients died.
Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas, a flat gland located behind the stomach in the upper abdomen, and severe cases can cause life-threatening complications. The symptoms of pancreatitis include upper abdominal pain, abdominal pain that radiates to your back, fever, rapid pulse, nausea vomiting, and weight loss.
The gallbladder is located below the river and above the pancreas, and while approximately 30% of patients who undergo cholecystectomy experience indigestion to some degree, serious complications are rare.
Viberzi, however, has caused patients to experience spasms of the hepatopancreatic sphincter, which results in severe pancreatic inflammation.
If you or a loved one has suffered from with pancreatitis, or sphincter or Oddi spasm after taking Viberzi, contact the lawyers at Brown, LLC to learn your rights.