Recently, the FDA issued a warning regarding the drug Videx, which is made by Bristol-Myers. Videx is an HIV drug, approved in 1991. The drug keeps HIV from multiplying. According to the FDA, Videx users are at risk for developing a rare, but potentially fatal liver disorder. The specific liver disorder is called non-cirrhotic portal hypertension. So far, 4 people of the 32 reported cases, have died from bleeding or liver failure. With non-cirrhotic portal hypertension, the blood flow through the liver is dangerously slow. This can cause swelling in the veins of the esophagus. If those veins burst, it can result in potentially deadly bleeding.
Videx is not being recalled, because the FDA believes that its benefits to patients outweigh its risks. However, new warnings are being added to the Videx label, describing the signs and symptoms of the liver disorder. The label warnings advise monitoring patients for early signs of non-cirrhotic portal hypertension.
If you have used Videx and developed non-cirrhotic portal hypertension, contact Sheller, P.C. Sheller is a leading pharmaceutical negligence firm. Sheller has a long history of successful representation of individuals and classes of individuals in lawsuits over various drugs, including Vioxx, Paxil, Fen Phen, Seroquel and Prozac, among others. Contact Sheller to discuss your potential legal claims.