Have you or a loved one been administered Beovu (brolucizumab)? This drug, administered by injection, is supposed to treat wet age-related macular degeneration, which causes blurred vision and blind spots. However, the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) has issued an alert to its members that Beovu may instead cause blindness in some patients.
Many patients who received a Beovu injection later suffered retinal vasculitis and retinal artery occlusion, which can both develop into total vision loss.
What Symptoms To Look Out For If You’ve Received a Beovu Injection
If you have received an injection of Beovu, you could be at risk of side effects that could escalate into permanent vision loss. If you’ve experienced any of these negative side effects, alert your doctor immediately.
- Changes in your vision
- Pain or redness in the eye
- Bleeding in or around the eye
- Swelling of the eyelid or the eye
- Hives, rash, redness, or itching
- Changes in vision, including “floaters” or increased light sensitivity
We Need to Hold Drug Manufacturers Responsible for the Harm They Cause
Beovu was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October of 2019, and the alert was issued in February of 2020.
In May of 2020, an article published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology recommended that all Beovu injections should be suspended until the cause of these side effects could be determined, especially since Beovu is not the only drug available to treat wet age-related macular degeneration. The article stated that “in the face of the known risk, its use is unwarranted.”
However, Beovu remained, and continues to remain, on the market.
In June of 2020, the FDA approved a label update for Beovu that added additional warnings and safety information, but that warning comes too late for patients who received Beovu injections from October of 2019 to June of 2020.
Drug manufacturer Novartis failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the potential vision-related side effects caused by Beovu injections before releasing the drug to the public, and they need to be held accountable for the harm they’ve caused as a result.
What Compensation Is Available to Victims of Beovu?
When drug manufacturers harm patients through dangerous or defective drugs, they can and should be held responsible for all the ways their products damage patients’ health, happiness, and ability to earn a living.
Considering Beovu has been linked to permanent blindness, a disability that affects every aspect of life, victims may be eligible for significant compensation, including:
- All medical expenses related to the drug injury, including any future medical treatment
- Pain and suffering (physical and emotional) resulting from the injury, including future pain and suffering resulting from permanent injuries like blindness
- Compensation for lost income, including future income if the injuries leave the victim unable to work
- Potential punitive damages
Contact Us Today to Learn How We Can Help
Our firm is actively investigating Beovu claims and we’re ready and willing to help you pursue justice and compensation in a Beovu lawsuit.
Our experienced drug injury lawyers know how to secure the compensation you need after a drug injury like this one. We want to handle your case so you and your loved ones can focus on your health and recovery.
Contact our firm today for a free case review to determine if you’re eligible for compensation.
Beovu® is a registered trademark of Novartis. The reference to the registered trademark of Novartis is used here only for the purpose of identifying the product in question.
This law firm is not affiliated with, sponsored by or associated with Novartis, the American Society of Retina Specialists, the American Journal of Ophthalmology, or the FDA.
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