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Beovu Vision Loss Lawsuits

investigating Beovu eye injury cases

Beovu (brolucizumab-dbll), manufactured by Novartis since October 2019, and used to treat wet macular degeneration, is now suspected of causing irreversible eye damage. New data suggests patients who had specific eye problems before getting treated with Beovu may have a higher risk of vision-threatening conditions after treatment. The Swiss drugmaker has released new information based on a recent safety review.

Beovu is used to treat wet macular degeneration, a relatively common chronic eye disorder caused by abnormal blood vessel growth in the eye that leak fluid or blood into the macula, a portion of the retina responsible for central vision. The condition inhibits proteins used to stimulate the growth of new blood vessels in the eye.

If you have had Beovu treatments and suffered from any eye injury or complication, contact The Lyon to review your case. The firm has engaged some of the largest drug companies in the world and settled injury cases on behalf of plaintiffs nationwide.

Wet Macular Degeneration Symptoms

According to Mayo Clinic, wet AMD causes symptoms that can appear suddenly and may worsen rapidly:

  • Visual distortions
  • Reduced central vision in one or both eyes
  • Decreased vividness or color brightness
  • A defined blurry or blind spot in your vision
  • A general cloudiness in overall vision

Beovu Vision Loss Warning

The American Society of Retinal Specialists has warned about instances of intraocular inflammation, some of which led to vision loss in patients taking Beovu.

According to Novartis’s own clinical review, the highest risk for experiencing retinal vasculitis or retinal vascular occlusion after first treatment was prior intraocular inflammation or vascular occlusion in the year prior to the first Beovu treatment.

The overall complications risk rate was 0.46% for all patients, and the risk increased to 3.97% in people who had the conditions before Beovu treatment. In June 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a label update for Beovu® (brolucizumab) to include additional safety information regarding retinal vasculitis and retinal vascular occlusion. The update to the label includes a sub-section discussing retinal vasculitis and retinal vascular occlusion under “Warnings and Precautions.”

The Lyon Firm is also investigating vision loss lawsuits related to Elmiron, which may cause a rare eye disorder called retinal pigmentary maculopathy.

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Why are Beovu cases important?

By taking the initiative and filing drug injury lawsuits, plaintiffs can receive proper compensation and hold a corporation accountable for their negligent actions. Consumer safety depends largely on making sure companies operate within the law and within ethical boundaries.

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Questions about Beovu Lawsuits

What is Beovu?

Beovu (brolucizumab) is an eye treatment (injection), approved by the FDA for treating age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD).

Can I file a Beovu Lawsuit?

If you have suffered from vision loss, retinal vasculitis, retinal artery occlusion, intraocular inflammation, or other eye problems after receiving Beovu treatment, you may have a viable case, and may be eligible to recover the following damages:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Past and future pain and suffering
  • Loss of Earnings
  • Other economic losses
  • Punitive damages
What Eye Injuries Are Linked to Beovu?
  • Vision Loss
  • Retinal Artery Occlusion
  • Retinal Vasculitis
  • Intraocular Inflammation
  • Uveitis
Are there alternatives to Beovu?

Yes, Beovu is not the only wet AMD drug on the market. Lucentis and Eylea are other eye treatments that have been sold in the US and Europe.

Has Beovu been recalled?

Thus far, no recall has been issued by Novartis or the FDA.

Who is at Risk for Beovu Complications?

The American Society of Retinal Specialists issued a vision loss warning, stating patients with the highest risk of severe eye injuries after receiving Beovu have prior eye inflammation and/or vascular occlusion.

What is Pharmaceutical Litigation?

When drug makers and large corporations are negligent and produce dangerous products that lead to serious illness and injury, legal action can be necessary. In the current corporate environment, filing lawsuits is one of the only ways to keep drug companies from selling untested and dubious pharmaceuticals in the name of profit. Pharmaceutical litigation – through a lawsuit against a drug manufacturer- helps bring awareness to these companies as to the necessary changes that need to occur in order to keep people safe a healthy while taking a  certain drug. 

By taking the initiative and filing drug injury lawsuits, plaintiffs can receive proper compensation and hold a corporation accountable for their negligent actions. Consumer safety depends largely on making sure companies operate within the law and within ethical boundaries.

How are Beovu cases handled?

Pharmaceutical litigation is a complex area of law that combines dense regulation, developing science, and multi-jurisdictional questions of law. Most cases involving claims of drug injury and pharmaceuticals become centralized in the federal multidistrict litigation process. Pharmaceutical litigation involving Beovu injury claims are not in most cases class action lawsuits, but they are very similar.

Due to the volume of cases and number of similar issues, most Beovu cases are handled through Multidistrict Litigation (MDL). The multidistrict litigation procedure is guided by the Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation, where the case is centralized before one federal Judge for the purposes of pre-trial discovery.

The MDL process is appropriate where there are one or more common questions of fact in multiple cases pending in different federal district courts.  While there often are parallel state consolidated proceedings, the federal MDL process is generally supported by both Plaintiff and Defendants in these cases.

The MDL process allows for efficiency where there are millions of pages of documents, many expert witnesses across multiple disciplines from epidemiology, pharmacology, toxicology and the specific discipline for the relevant mechanism of injury.

Although 28 USC 1407 does not specify a specific number of cases required before the formation of an MDL is appropriate, the Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation reviews the Motions and conducts a hearing to determine whether consolidation is ripe given the number and location of the pending cases.

How does this related to the FDA?

Most experts would agree that the FDA is not designed nor does it have the resources to monitor every drug through the post approval process once it has been granted clearance. Very simply, the volume of pharmaceuticals that are presented for review is too demanding, so, while the FDA is a good initial step in the process, the responsibility of providing safe and effective pharmaceutical companies remains on the companies that profit from the sales.

While the pharmaceutical companies have yielded more influence over the review process, ultimately, the law is very clear that it is the company’s responsibility to run the appropriate tests, track the data, and to identify the side effects and then warn consumers and physicians adequately and in a timely manner. Government approval is not a shield for liability. The Failure to timely and sufficiently warn of side effects operates as the primary cause of action for pharmaceutical claims.

Most importantly, the FDA and the government do not provide for compensation when someone is injured by a pharmaceutical product. 

The civil justice system provides the means for an individual harmed by a pharmaceutical product to obtain justice and recover for the losses suffered.

Without the civil justice system, companies would not be required to pay for the harm they cause, and the public tax system, in terms of Medicare and Medicaid, would have to absorb that loss. In other words, without pharmaceutical lawsuits, the tax payers would pay for corporate malfeasance and neglect.

Why Hire the Lyon Firm?

The Lyon Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional drug injury cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered. 

Experience: Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Pharmaceutical Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters. Pharmaceutical lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury. Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.

Resources/Dedication: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.

Results: Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure results in drug injury cases. The cases have involved successfully litigating against some of  the largest companies in the world 

Drug Injury Settlements

The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to a drug to obtain just compensation under the law. 

IN RE: VIOXX

Nationwide Consolidation in U.S. District Court, E. Dist. of LA. 

This pharmaceutical case involved claims that the blockbuster painkiller was causing heart attacks and strokes in consumers. The FDA ultimately recalled the medication. Merck settled the outstanding Vioxx claims for $4.85 billion following multiple trials in both state and federal courts. Joe Lyon was co-counsel in a number of individual claims that were successfully resolved in the federal MDL. The funds received for Lyon Firm clients helped several elderly clients with additional medical and home health care.

IN RE: TRASYLOL

Nationwide Consolidation in Civil Complex Litigation Center Philadelphia, PA. 

A pharmaceutical case involving claims that a popular surgical medication was causing kidney failure and death. The FDA recalled the medication in question, but not before thousands of patients died due to related complications. Bayer resolved certain claims for $60 Million for patients who suffered kidney failure and death as a result of using the drug Trasylol. Joseph Lyon represented a widow from Kentucky whose husband died due to kidney failure following the administration of Trasylol. The recovered funds assisted the surviving family members in resuming farming operations.


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