Another Dangerous Drug?: Woman Claims Humira Caused Permanent Nerve Damage

April 30, 2011, by Michael A. DeMayo

A woman is suing Abbot Laboratories for products liability because of personal injuries she says she sustained from Taking Humira. She claims that the drug, which she took for Crohn’s disease, caused permanent nerve damage in her feet.

The plaintiff, Kara Mae Pletan said that she began to develop small fiber peripheral neuropathy three months after she started taking Humira injections. Because of the “stabbing pains and hypersensitivity” in the 32-year-old’s feet, she had to sell her family’s retail furniture store because she could no longer do her job. She also is now unable to take part in outdoor activities.

Pletan contends that even before Abbott started marketing the drug to Crohn’s disease patients, the drug manufacturer knew that the medication could cause peripheral neuropathy. Her lawyer says that Abbott has downplayed Humira’s serious side effects.

Peripheral Neuropathy
• Can cause pain and numbness in the feet and hands
• Typically creates a painful sensation that feels like burning or tingling
• Loss of sensation may cause the person to feel like he/she is wearing a glove or stocking

Initially sold as a drug for rheumatoid arthritis, Humira is now approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for five autoimmune diseases, including Crohn’s diseases. Last year, worldwide sales of Humira was $6.5 billion

Pletan is not the only person to sue Abbott over Humira. In January, plaintiff Gayathri Murthy blamed her lymphoma on the drug, which she took for arthritis. Another plaintiff who has arthritis, Maureen Calisi, also has said Humira caused her cancer.

North Carolina Dangerous Drug Lawsuits
If you believe that taking Humira caused you or your loved one to develop health complications, you should find out about your legal options for filing a North Carolina dangerous drug lawsuit.

Abbott Labs Sued on Claim Humira Caused Lasting Nerve Damage, Bloomberg, April 26, 2011

Arthritis ‘Miracle’ Drug Caused Breast Cancer, Suit Charges, Consumer Affairs, April 19, 2011

Related Web Resources:
Peripheral neuropathy, Mayo Clinic



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Topamax as a Dangerous Drug?: FDA Warns of Possible Birth Defect Risk, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, March 26, 2011

GlaxoSmithKline Settles Dangerous Drug Lawsuit Over North Carolina Wrongful Death of Man from Taking Avandia, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, January 31, 2011


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