Recent reports suggest that there is a much greater risk of cancer associated with Stelara than with the use other comparable psoriasis medications. Here is what you need to know about Stelara and how you can go about seeking compensation for any harm have suffered as a result of using the drug.
What is Stelara?
Stelara (Ustekinumab) is an immunosuppressant manufactured and sold by Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. It is commonly prescribed for adults to treat plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. It is administered by being injected under the skin to reduce the effect of the chemical substances in the skin that cause inflammation and psoriasis.
What are the risks associated with using Stelara to treat Psoriasis?
Recent data from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices indicates that the risk of cancer is significantly higher for patients who use Stelara compared to those who use some other psoriasis treatment options. Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, the most common malignancies seen with the use of Stelara are as follows:
- Prostate cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Breast cancer
All immunosuppressants, such as Stelara, can increase your risk of developing cancer, especially for patients who have already exhibited a higher risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancer.
However, recent information signifies that the risk of cancer can be as much as 15 times higher for patients using Stelara than for those using Otezla, a comparable drug used to treat psoriasis that does not suppress the autoimmune system.
What’s more, the risk of cancer associated with the use of Stelara was 3 times higher than the risks associated with the use of other psoriasis remedies that were also compared to Otezla.
Can I bring a case against Janssen, the manufacturer of Stelara?
Yes. Pharmaceutical companies have an obligation to manufacture drugs that are safe and to properly warn the public of any risks involved with using their products. Furthermore, these companies have a duty to fully evaluate their drugs before putting them on the market. Pharmaceutical companies also have a responsibility to stay informed of any new developments involving its products and to share any new information regarding potential side effects and adverse consequences related to the use of their products with patients and their physicians.
Contact an Experienced and Knowledgeable Dangerous Pharmaceuticals Attorney
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after using Stelara, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering.
We can connect you to an attorney who can assist you with a no-cost, no-obligation review of your case. The time to file a claim may be limited, so contact us now.