If you take the anti-seizure drug Potiga (or ezogabine), you could potentially be at risk of the possible side effects of retina abnormalities, vision loss and skin discoloration. The public is now finally being warned of these potential risks, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved label changes for the drug concerning these problems.
According to the announcement, there is now a boxed warning on the drug's label. This is considered the most serious type of warning that is provided by the FDA. The new label warns of the harmful side effects, and it also advises that Potiga should only be taken by patients who have tried alternative treatments and have not responded well to them--particularly when it is shown that the benefits of Potiga for the patient are greater than the risks. The label further advises patients to obtain certain types of eye exams both before beginning to take the drug, as well as every six months afterward. Individuals who are taking Potiga should not stop taking it until first consulting with their doctors, the FDA advises.
The boxed warning stated that out of patients who had their eyes examined following their fourth year of treatment with Potiga, one-third of those individuals had retinal pigmentary abnormalities. The FDA noted that there are several factors that are several facts that are still unknown, such as whether these problems are reversible and when these problems actually start forming in the patients. In a previous safety announcement from April, the FDA explained that pigment changes (or discoloration) in the retina could result in eye disease that can potentially lead to vision loss, which Potiga patients have already reported. Some patients have also complained of blue pigmentation on parts of the body such as the lips, roof of the mouth, face, whites of the eyes, eyelids, nail beds of the fingers, legs and toes.
If you have been harmed as a result of taking Potiga, you could be eligible to claim compensation for the losses you suffered. Our dangerous drug attorneys at Jackson Allen & Williams, LLP can help you file a claim or lawsuit and hold the drug's manufacturer liable. Our skilled legal team can also provide assistance with claims involving many other types of dangerous drugs.
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