Syfovre Lawsuits and Settlements Lawyer

Retinal vasculitis and retinal vascular occlusion are complex medical conditions. Both involve inflammation of the blood vessels in the retina. Both can result from receiving Syfovre intravitreal injections in treating geographic atrophy (GA). Both conditions can have serious implications. They can lead to vision loss, making early diagnosis and treatment crucial.

Patients are suing Syfovre makers for injuries from Syfovre injection treatments. Our lawyers are investigating cases of retinal vasculitis and retinal vascular occlusion in people who have received treatment injections with Syfovre.

If you or a loved one developed retinal vasculitis or retinal vascular occlusion after receiving Syfovre injections treatment for geographic atrophy, please contact our office today for a free case review at (800) 277-1193 or complete the Case Evaluation Form at the bottom of this page.

Retinal vasculitis and retinal vascular occlusion

What We Know about the Syfovre Lawsuits

Several recalls and regulatory actions for Syfovre injections explain how these lawsuits came about.

Regulatory Action and Label Changes

February 17, 2023: The FDA approved Syfovre (pegcetacoplan injection) for geographic atrophy (GA) secondary to age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

August 22, 2023: Apellis Pharmaceuticals, the makers of Syfovre, submitted a Prior-Approval Supplement (PAS) to add a warning about retinal vasculitis and/or retinal vascular occlusion.

November 30, 2023: the FDA approved the revised label. The updated label includes a section titled “Retinal Vasculitis and/or Retinal Vascular Occlusion,” warning that the use of Syfovre has been associated with adverse events, such as cases of retinal vasculitis and/or retinal vascular occlusion, often accompanied by intraocular inflammation. An event of retinal vasculitis or retinal vascular occlusion may occur with the first dose of Syfovre and can result in severe vision loss.

The label instructs healthcare providers to discontinue Syfovre treatment if patients develop these adverse reactions and advised patients to promptly report any changes in their vision.

Class 2 Device Recall on Apellis Injection Kits

On August 22, 2023, Apellis initiated a Class 2 Device Recall on their Injection Kits. This was the same day the company submitted the Post-Approval Supplement (PAS). According to the FDA, non-preferred characteristics in some kits’ 19-gauge x 1″ inch filter needles prompted the recall.

Apellis recommended that healthcare practitioners stop using injection kits containing the affected needle and dispose of the medical devices.

Instead, the company suggested using the injection kits containing the 18-gauge filter needle already in distribution.

What Was Wrong With the Affected Syfovre Needles?

In nylon mesh variations, the 19-gauge x 1″ filter needles in the Syfovre kits have issues with the nylon mesh. For example, filters were packed too tightly, filter material was exposed, and/or filter seams were weak. These problems could accidentally let small particles from the device get into the eye.

How Is Syfovre Used?

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), doctors use of Syfovre to treat geographic atrophy (GA) caused by age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Another name for the drug is pegcetacoplan.

The drug is a complement inhibitor. The drug functions by connecting with specific proteins in the immune system known as complement proteins. This connection stops the immune system from causing inflammation and harming the retina in the eyes. This means it helps slow the growth of GA lesions and helps preserve vision by reducing significant vision loss and blindness.

Doctors administer the medication through a monthly injection using the Altaviz Needle Kit. The injection places the medication directly into the vitreous cavity (the space in the back of the eye).

According to the drug’s manufacturers, Syfovre slows the worsening of GA. However, Syfovre is not a cure for dry AMD and cannot reverse the damage already caused by GA.

What Is Retinal Vasculitis?

Retinal vasculitis is a specific type of retinal inflammation.

According to Medline Plus, cases of vasculitis involve inflammation of blood vessels. The condition happens because the body’s immune system attacks the blood vessels by mistake. Several factors can trigger this inflammation, including infection, a medicine, or another disease.

Recent research has linked the condition with receiving an injection of Syfovre.

Symptoms of Retinal Vasculitis

The American Academy of Ophthalmology reports that retinal vasculitis can cause several symptoms:

  • Blurry vision
  • Seeing floaters (tiny spots or lines that seem to float across your field of vision)
  • Dark spots in your vision
  • Trouble distinguishing colors
  • Distorted vision (straight lines may look wavy)
  • Inflammation around blood vessels in the eye
  • Blood vessels leaking or being blocked
  • Signs of reduced blood flow in the retina, like cotton-wool spots (fluffy white patches) and small bleeds within the retina

Other symptoms of vasculitis can include:

  • Headache
  • Tenderness on the side of the head
  • Feeling overly tired
  • Pain when using certain muscles

Treatment of Retinal Vasculitis

The main goal of treatment is to reduce inflammation. Often, physicians prescribe steroids and other anti-inflammatory medicines to help.

Studies have linked the condition with the use of Syfovre, a medication used for various health conditions.

With this condition, the patient experiences inflammation of the blood vessels in the retina. This inflammation can lead to a range of symptoms, including vision loss.

Early diagnosis and intervention are crucial in managing retinal vasculitis. The long-term prognosis can vary, depending on the severity of the condition and the effectiveness of the treatment.

A diagram showing a retina affected by Syfovre Retinal Vasculitis

What Is Retinal Vascular Occlusion?

Acute retinal vascular occlusions happen when sudden blockages hinder supply of blood to the retina.

Retinal vein occlusion (RVO) and retinal artery occlusion are related conditions that affect the blood vessels in the retina. They differ in important ways.

Retinal Vein Occlusion

RVO happens when there is a partial or total blockage in a vein that drains blood away from the retina. The retina is a layer of tissue at the back of the eye that helps us see by translating light into images. Consider these two types of RVO:

  • Central Retinal Vein Occlusion (CRVO): This type involves the blockage of the main retinal vein.
  • Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion (BRVO): This type occurs with the blocking of one of the smaller branch veins.

Retinal Artery Occlusion

Retinal artery occlusion is a blockage in a retinal artery, which supplies oxygenated blood to the retina. According to The Lancet, this condition is a common cause of visual impairment. The condition can happen suddenly and cause vision loss without presenting pain.

Retinal artery occlusion can cause permanent vision loss. The condition can be especially severe if it involves blockage of the central retinal artery.

According to Healthline, some people with this condition may develop new blood vessels in their iris or retina. These new blood vessels can bleed and cause more vision loss by leading to vitreous hemorrhage or glaucoma.

Symptoms of Retinal Vein Occlusion and Retinal Artery Occlusion

Each retinal vascular condition presents its own set of symptoms.

Retinal Vein Occlusion Symptoms

According to the Cleveland Clinic, symptoms of retinal vein occlusion usually affect one eye and include:

  • Blurry vision or vision loss: sudden or gradual over a few hours or days
  • Floaters: dark spots or lines in your vision
  • Pain or pressure in your eye: in more severe cases

Sometimes, you might not have any symptoms until complications occur. An eye doctor might discover the condition during a routine eye exam.

Retinal Artery Occlusion Symptoms

The American Academy of Ophthalmology says the main sign of retinal artery occlusion is sudden vision loss in one eye. This vision loss can affect part or all of your eye.

Other symptoms can include:

  • Loss of peripheral (side) vision
  • Distorted vision
  • Blind spots

If you or a loved one experienced retinal vasculitis or retinal vascular occlusion following a Syfovre injection for GA, please reach out to our office for a free, no-obligation consultation. Call us at (800) 277-1193 or fill out the Case Evaluation Form at the bottom of this page.

Treatment of Retinal Vascular Occlusion

Early diagnosis is crucial for managing Syfovre Retinal Vasculitis. If you experience any of the symptoms, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately.

Treatment for this condition typically involves managing inflammation. Doctors achieve this through medication, laser therapy, or surgery. The following are common treatment options for retinal vasculitis:

  • Steroids to reduce inflammation
  • Immunosuppressive drugs to control the immune system
  • Laser therapy to repair damaged blood vessels
  • Surgery to remove blood or scar tissue from the eye

Remember, each patient is unique. The best treatment plan for you will depend on your specific symptoms, overall health, and response to previous treatments.

Treatment Depends on the Type of Vascular Occlusion

Acute retinal vascular occlusions are common causes of vision problems. Both retinal artery occlusions and retinal vein occlusions link to older age and heart health risks. However, they have different causes, effects on the body, and treatments.

Retinal artery occlusions require a team of neurologists specializing in strokes. However, eye doctors typically treat retinal vein occlusions. Managing overall health risks with help from primary care doctors is an important part of treating both conditions.

The Legal Landscape of Syfovre Lawsuits

Lately, more patients have been filing lawsuits against Syfovre for causing retinal vasculitis and/or retinal vascular occlusion after receiving a Syfovre pegcetacoplan injection.

The lawsuits typically allege that the manufacturer, Apellis Pharmaceuticals, failed to adequately warn about the risk of retinal vasculitis and retinal vascular occlusion and that there were defects in the way the product was manufactured. In some cases, they also claim that the company was negligent in its duty to ensure the safety of its product.

The process of filing a Syfovre lawsuit can be complex. It often involves gathering medical records, consulting with legal and medical experts, and navigating the legal system.

Knowing if Your Are Eligible for a Syfovre Settlement

Whether you are eligible for a Syfovre settlement depends on several factors:

  • The severity of the condition
  • The impact on the patient’s life
  • The strength of the evidence linking Syfovre to retinal vasculitis and/or retinal vascular occlusion

Lawyers and settlement attorneys play an important role in these cases. They provide legal advice, represent the patient’s interests, and negotiate settlements on their behalf.

How a Lawyer Can Help Your Syfovre Retinal Vasculitis Case

When dealing with Syfovre lawsuits, legal representation offers several benefits.

  • Lawyers can help patients understand their rights and navigate the complex legal landscape.
  • Lawyers specializing in medical device litigation and pharmaceutical litigation can provide valuable guidance. They can help determine if you have a valid case against the manufacturer of Syfovre.
  • These attorneys can also assist in gathering necessary evidence. This includes medical records, treatment history, and expert testimonies.
  • Lawyers can help negotiate settlements. If a lawsuit is successful, patients can get compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more.

Remember, choosing the right lawyer can make a significant difference in your case. Select a law firm with experience in medical device and pharmaceutical lawsuits and a track record of success.

Filing a Syfovre Lawsuit: Steps Involved

Filing a Syfovre lawsuit to receive compensation for damages for your for retinal vasculitis can be a complex process.

  1. First, you’ll need to gather all relevant medical records. This includes documentation of your diagnosis, treatment, and any related medical expenses.
  2. Next, consider finding a lawyer who specializes in pharmaceutical litigation. They can help you build a strong case and guide you through the legal process.
  3. Once your lawyer prepares your case, your attorney will file the lawsuit on your behalf. This typically involves submitting a complaint to the court detailing your claims.
  4. Remember, every case is unique. The timeline and outcome of your lawsuit can vary depending on a variety of factors. Discuss these details with your lawyer to set realistic expectations.

Scientific Research About Geographic Atrophy Treatments

Multiple forms of scientific research have shown the the potential for injuries from Syfovre injection treatments and pegcetacoplan treatments.

Witkin et al (2024)

  • Title: Retinal Vasculitis After Intravitreal Pegcetacoplan – Report From the ASRS Research and Safety in Therapeutics (ReST) Committee
  • Link: Study Link
  • Type: Case Series
  • Summary: This study reported cases of retinal vasculitis after patients received intravitreal pegcetacoplan injections.

Douros et al (2024)

  • Title: Retinal Vasculitis Following Intravitreal Pegcetacoplan Administration
  • Link: Study Link
  • Type: Case Report
  • Summary: This case report detailed a specific instance of retinal vasculitis following the administration of pegcetacoplan.

Gasparian et al (2024)

  • Title: Therapies for Geographic Atrophy
  • Link: Study Link
  • Type: Review
  • Summary: Reports of 10 confirmed cases of retinal vasculitis followed approval. Most patients showed partial or full vision improvement. An investigation found some injection kits had different 19-gauge filter needles, but investigators did not determine the exact cause of the vasculitis.

Melo & Emerson (2024)

  • Title: Anti-Complement Drugs for the Treatment of Geographic Atrophy and the Release of Silicone Oil
  • Link: Study Link
  • Type: Review
  • Summary: This study explored possible mechanisms of injury from pegcetacoplan injections.

Melo et al (2024)

  • Title: Silicone Oil From Syringes—A Potentially Overlooked Issue for Intravitreal Injections
  • Link: Study Link
  • Type: Review
  • Summary: Highlighted silicone oil from syringes as a possible cause of injuries from intravitreal injections.

Antonio-Aguirre & Arevalo (2023)

  • Title: Treating Patients with Geographic Atrophy: Are We There Yet?
  • Link: Study Link
  • Type: Review
  • Summary: The OAKS and DERBY trials did not generate reports of cases of retinitis or vasculitis. However, 7 confirmed cases of retinal vasculitis followed after SYFOVRE’s launch.

Trivizki et al (2023)

  • Title: The Roadmap to Geographic Atrophy Treatment: A Journey of Trials and Promise
  • Link: Study Link
  • Type: Review
  • Summary: Trials did not manifest safety reports of retinal vasculitis, but reports of rare cases of inflammation and severe vasculitis have appeared in real-world use. The phase 3 program showed a 0.26% rate of intraocular inflammation with no cases of retinal vasculitis after over 23,000 injections.

Cruz-Pimentel & Wu (2023)

  • Title: Complement Inhibitors for Advanced Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration (Geographic Atrophy) – Some Light at the End of the Tunnel
  • Link: Study Link
  • Type: Review
  • Summary: ASRS reported six cases of occlusive retinal vasculitis after pegcetacoplan injections between 7 and 13 days post-injection, with no specific lots identified as problematic.

Potential Outcomes and Compensation in Syfovre Cases

The outcome of a Syfovre lawsuit can vary greatly. It depends on the specifics of your case.

Verdict

In some instances, the court may rule in favor of the plaintiff. This could result in a monetary award to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Settlement

In other cases, the lawsuit may result in a settlement. This is an agreement between the plaintiff and the defendant to resolve the case without a trial.

Regardless of the outcome, it’s important to remember that legal proceedings can take time. Patience and persistence are key.

Choosing the Right Syfovre Settlement Attorney

Choosing the right attorney for your Syfovre lawsuit is crucial. Look for a law firm or attorney with experience in pharmaceutical litigation and medical device lawsuits. Also check for the law firm’s track record of success. Consider how many litigations they have won for their clients, as well as their results in terms of verdicts, court awards, and settlements.

Remember, this person will be your advocate. They will fight for your rights and help you navigate the complex legal landscape.

Resources for Support

Syfovre-caused retinal vasculitis and retinal vascular occlusion are serious conditions. Both can have a significant impact on a person’s life.

If you or a loved one has suffered the effects of these injections, seek both medical and legal help. A knowledgeable attorney can guide you through the process of filing a lawsuit or seeking a settlement.

Here are some resources for support:

Remember, you’re not alone. There are people and organizations ready to help.

Our Syfovre Lawsuit Lawyers Will Fight to Get You Compensation

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If you or a loved one developed retinal vasculitis or retinal vascular occlusion after receiving a Syfovre injection for geographic atrophy, please contact our office for a free case review. You can call us at (800) 277-1193 or complete the Case Evaluation Form at the bottom of this page.