Many people are filing Tepezza lawsuits because the drug has resulted in permanent hearing issues such as tinnitus and hearing loss after use. These lawsuits have revealed that the drug’s manufacturer failed to warn doctors and patients about the potential risk of tinnitus or hearing loss. Not did it alert them that these problems can be irreversible.
Tepezza was approved by the FDA to treat TED (Thyroid Eye Disease), or Graver’s disease, in January 2020 and remains the only medicine available for this condition. According to a Drugwatch report in October 2023, 10% of the patients reported hearing issues during clinical trials. However, another study in 2021 found that the risk of hearing issues could be as high as 65%.
As of the October 2023 update on the lawsuits, 54 Tepezza cases are pending in the MDL (Multi-district litigation). All these cases are in their initial stages, and since July 2023, no trials have been scheduled. There have been no court-sanctioned settlements either.
Recently, a complaint was filed by a Graves’ disease patient regarding hearing loss after using Tepezza. In this article, we will shed light on this issue and provide information on how to take legal action if you have been affected by the drug.
Graves Disease Patient Adversely Affected After Using Tepezza
Although Tepezza was promoted as an effective and safe treatment for Graves’ disease, several users have filed complaints against it due to hearing loss. These complaints indicate that most people have experienced tinnitus, causing permanent ringing in the ears. Additionally, it has led to irreversible hearing damage that persists long after using the medicine.
In May 2023, AboutLawsuits.com shared a complaint from Amarilis Polanco, who revealed that Tepezza carries a hidden risk of hearing loss. What’s even more disappointing is that Horizon Therapeutics did not inform users or the entire medical community about this, further exacerbating concerns.
Polanco’s Tepezza lawsuit highlights that in November 2021, she was diagnosed with Graves’ disease, and doctors recommended Tepezza until May 2022. However, the unfortunate part is that neither Polanco nor her doctor were aware of the hearing loss and other side effects caused by this drug.
The idea of conducting baseline technology testing before taking the drug didn’t occur to Polanco or her doctor, nor did they think of monitoring their hearing activity after taking the drug.
Polanco’s lawsuit further reveals that, despite receiving multiple reports of hearing loss caused by Tepezza, Horizon Therapeutics took no action. They did not investigate the threat posed by the drug to users and did not issue any notices regarding it.
It wasn’t until July 2023 that Horizon added a warning that Tepezza might lead to hearing loss.
However, by then, significant damage had already been done, and the number of lawsuits had increased, with victims seeking compensation and justice.
Taking Legal Action
People who used Tepezza and have suffered immensely from tinnitus or hearing loss can file a legal complaint to sue the brand and seek justice. By filing a lawsuit, victims can share their stories and also raise awareness about the side effects of this drug.
Not everyone is aware of the other side effects caused by Tepezza. While most people think that the side effects are related to hearing issues, a few others to mention include:
- Breathing issues
- Blurred vision
- Increased hunger and urination
- Stomach pain
- Dry and flushed skin
When it comes to the permanent side effects caused by this drug, it doesn’t just cost victims their money, but also their time and patience. Additionally, it negatively impacts their quality of life. Tinnitus and permanent hearing loss can make it challenging to communicate with others and can result in depression, frustration, and anxiety.
Hence, if you or anyone you know has experienced any of the permanent side effects of Tepezza or has suffered greatly after using it, it’s essential to contact a lawyer to file a legal case. Otherwise, you might get lost in the legal procedures and fail to claim your compensation. But before that, you should keep all evidence and medical reports handy so that your lawyer can use them to build your case.
According to TruLaw, victims must have received one round of Tepezza to file a lawsuit. Additionally, if they have suffered from hearing loss, tinnitus, or any other complication after using the drug, they are eligible to file a lawsuit. The monetary compensation that victims will receive can cover their medical bills, lost earning capacity, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
No one wants to take medicine to recover from an ailment and attract another complication. However, that seems to be the case with Tepezza, which resulted in acute hearing loss and tinnitus in patients as a side effect. Patients who have faced any grave side effects of the drug should not shy away from speaking about it and also file a complaint against Horizon Therapeutics.
It will help them get the compensation and justice they deserve, and it will also warn others who are unaware of the potential hazards of Tepezza to exercise caution before using it.