HAVE YOU BEEN HARMED BY A DANGEROUS SKIN MEDICATION?
Eczema, or dermatitis, is a skin condition characterized by the swelling of the skin and red, dry, itchy rashes. The most common form is atopic dermatitis, a chronic condition that flares up periodically and may be accompanied with asthma or hay fever. The skin condition commonly affects children but can also be found in adults.
There is no cure to eczema, but there are medications that people suffering from the condition can take to relieve symptoms and prevent new outbreaks.
- Creams to control itching and inflammation
- Creams to repair the skin
- Infection-fighting antibiotics
- Oral anti-itch medications (anti-histamines)
- Injected anti-inflammatory drugs
Elidel (pimecrolimus) and Protopic (tacrolimus) are two such skin medications that affect the immune system to fight eczema flare ups. They are part of a class of drugs call calcineurin inhibitors. Generally, these drugs are only prescribed after other means have failed to work.
ELIDEL AND PROTOPIC MAY INCREASE RISK OF SKIN CANCER, LYMPHOMA
In 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a label update for Elidel and Protopic eczema creams. In addition to being recommended as a second-line treatment, Elidel and Protopic labels would now warn patients and physicians that the drugs may increase the risk of developing cancer.
The agency urged the manufacturers of these drugs to conduct clinical studies to help determine the cancer risk associated with Elidel and Protopic. No causal relation has been established, but there have been several reports of users developing skin cancer and lymphoma. The black box warning informs physicians that the safety of long-term usage of the drugs has not been determined.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED PHARMACEUTICAL DRUG INJURY LAWYER
If you or a loved one have developed skin cancer, lymphoma or another form of cancer after taking the eczema drugs Elidel or Protopic, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced team of dangerous drug injury attorneys are available to evaluate your claim and provide you with a free legal consultation. We have the legal resources and financial resources that you need to take on the pharmaceutical companies if they have caused you harm through their unsafe drugs. Contact us today.