Weitz & Luxenberg provides information on Avastin and the possibility of an FDA recall
Avastin has become the center of headlines for the severe health risks it poses, including a recent link to blindness in patients who received Avastin injections in their eyes. While there is currently no FDA recall, the FDA has warned the public that some patients who have been injected with repackaged Avastin have contracted serious eye infections and been blinded.
Avastin (the trade name for bevacizumab) is manufactured by Genentech for the treatment of cancer patients. It is also prescribed off-label to people with macular degeneration, an eye condition that can lead to vision damage. Avastin is injected through the eye for macular degeneration patients, and it is suspected that some repackaged doses of Avastin administered this way have caused or been linked to the recent rash of eye infections and blindness.
Since Avastin is packaged as a cancer drug, using it to treat eye conditions requires the product to be repackaged into multiple, smaller doses. This added handling stage increases potential exposure to bacteria and other contaminants which can lead to infections. Additionally, macular degeneration usually affects older people, resulting in a demographic of elderly Avastin users with high susceptibility to infection.
Victims suffering from eye infections and blindness have begun to investigate and pursue their legal options against Genentech.
Weitz & Luxenberg is currently gathering information about this situation. For more information on Avastin or the possibility of an Avastin FDA recall, please make use of Weitz & Luxenberg’s informational resources.
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