As of September 2011, when the FDA issued a safety alert warning that patients using Remicade and other types of TNF inhibitors, are at an increased risk for infections caused by two bacterias, Legionella and Listeria. The drug soon had a black box label warning, which is the most serious alert to be given by the FDA. Due to the fact TNF alpha blockers reduce immune system ability in fighting infections, the body then becomes much more vulnerable to developing these fatal infections by organisms that can attack more than one organ system at a time.
Some examples include:
- Viral (Hepatitis B)
Over the past decade, there have been at least 100 reports of pathogen infections caused by Remicade, including 14 deaths. Patients who mostly suffered from these symptoms included the ages of 26-71. Within a month, these patients were beginning to show signs of serious and life threatening viral and bacterial infections. Other patients showed symptoms of infection up to 6 years after beginning their TNF inhibitor therapy.
Remicade is sold by Jansessen Biotech, Inc., the prescription medication had been used in treating many autoimmune conditions. The FDA had first approved Remicade in August 1998 as a prescription for rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ankylosing spondylitis, ulcerative colitis, psoriatic arthritis, and more. It was given in 100mg viles over a 6-8 week time period. Now, the FDA has asked doctors and other health care professionals to highly reconsider prescribing Remicade and types of these drugs to patients over 65 years who have immunosuppressant disorders.
If you feel you have a been a victim of Remicade, find out your legal options today. You may be eligible to file a claim against the product manufacturer for any pain, suffering, or medical damages their product may have caused you.
I would like to know what Lawyer would be serious enough to sue Johnson & Johnson for side effects against Remicade. I have been trying for months. Please help…
Please keep in touch with me, as I have been on Remicade for over 7 years, and I’ve had some serious side effects from it. Not one doctor has ever warned me about the potential risk of Remicade.
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
I’ve been trying for a long time to find a lawyer that will help. Pass the statue of limitations now. My mother contracted a fungal infection from Remicade and passed away. She suffered for 4 1/2 months.
I am a reporter at the Toronto Star who has done some reporting in the past about side effects suspected to have been caused by drugs. To date, I have mostly focused on ADHD medications and antidepressants. I am currently interested in Remicade. Can we talk? Please call me at 416-388-2445 (cell)
I know this is a few years past since your post, but did you ever get any information? My wife has experienced severe side effect from Remicade, outrageous side effects, losing her teeth, life threatening blood clots, seizures, the list is huge! She is 40!
David, I am 46 and have suffered with issues from Remicade for over 3 years now. I have almost died at least 3 times. I am so sorry for you and your wife. Have you found a lawyer or gotten any help?
my son was on Remicade for several years, he also has had a terrible problem with his teeth. Not sure how many root canals and crowns he now has. He also suffers fever induced seizures. Last night his temp was 105.7, he had severe shakes he calls them, but they are a form of seizures, all night. He will usually have symptoms like these for 3-4 days to a week then be fine. Never know when it will hit. Has sever pain all over his body, diarrhea, and so much more! There has to be an answer. He even got MRSA in the bone where he received his remicade infusions. I am going to consult an attorney. That’s what led me to your post. It’s hard for us as caregivers, he was 6 when he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and is now 28 and has never had a normal life!
I wish I’d stumbled across this post 3 yrs ago. Remicade caused me grief beyond what I can fit in the email. Hope you’re doing well (or better).
Hi Cindy, have you had any luck finding a Remicade lawyer? I’ve also been looking for a good Remicade lawyer?
I know this is a few years past since your post, but did you ever get any information? My wife has experienced severe side effect from Remicade, outrageous side effects, losing her teeth, life threatening blood clots, seizures, the list is huge! She is 40! Did you have any luck Cindy?
You need to check on the side effects my husband died from a lung infection that was a side effect from remicade he took it for 7 or 8 years
My sister had one infusion of renicade and she got squmish cancer on her head it poped out like popcorn now it is in her lymnodes
Since I used Remicade in 2005 I have had non stop squamous cell skin cancer, I was never given warnings in 2005 about this side effect. I have had cancer on my hand now for a year and have just had skin graft as I lost a big chunk of my hand. I would love to know if anyone out there has experienced the same as me. thank you.
Have unexplained mouth tremors
i responded above to someone else’s comment, my son has the tremors in his mouth, all over his body, the dr said they are fever induced seizures basically the body is fighting off a fever. Last night his temp went to 105.7. This is normal believe it or not. The highest temp was 107.8. He has so many issues from the years of Remicade use. He even got MRSA in the bone where the infusions were given. Yet no one wants to say it was the Remicade. This didn’t start until the Remicade and that’s why they stopped giving it to him, but the symptoms have never gone away and it’s been about 10 years since he got off Remicade. No one told us of any of these side effects. I doubt they knew as it was a brand new drug when he started it.
Told doctor did’nt do anything about it on celexa
My husband was on remicade for about 7 years and all of a sudden was diagnosed with fungal which turned into lymphoma. Within 2 short months of going downhill he passed away. He did have other health issues but I’m convinced the doctor was just pumping this crap into him every 2 months without monitoring him as close as she should have. I want to make it known the doctor who I feel is responsible without having to go thru any lawsuit. I am convinced the remicade was his downfall not to mention he was exposed to agent orange when in Vietnam. In other words I want to shake her up. Something about this doctor I don’t trust. Shes a fast talker as if she’s slightly nervous!
My wife passed away of Renal Cancer last year after 11 years of being on Remicade. I am convinced that it the constant hammering of her immune system was the cause. There was no history of any major cancer in her family.
Should a doctor treating a patient with remicade be aware that at the same time the patient has coronary artery disease? Do these doctors ask the patient if there was ever the possibility that they were exposed to Agent Orange? When remicade did in fact cause lymphoma was this more of a threat to treating coronary artery disease? Was the doctor negligent in recognizing and taking the necessary precautions to stop the injections knowing full well the consequences? If indeed the doctor was negligent its no wonder that the patients family was never notified of a life threatening illness. Not one other doctor was brought on board until it was too late. These are the same doctors who work along side the doctor who treated the patient with remicade. I’m not saying the patient couldn’t have survived the lymphoma, but what I’m saying is how can a doctor risk treating a patient with remicade who has other serious health issues. All these wonder treatments are great if they don’t kill you first!
my husband has been on remicade for three years and has had breathing problems and skin rashes that starts blisters then break and itch like crazy , he also has chest pains . when this first started we told the doctor and he said it wasn’t the drug because it didn’t happen right away it always happened about two weeks after infusion. so we went to all other doctors and ruled everything else out so now he has decided that my husband is not able to take remicade any more , be he still has the side effects and no one can tell me how long this will last
My sons side effects have been going on 10 years since discontinuing the Remicade. I am trying to find an attorney. You are in my prayers!
After having three infusions, I came down with Histoplasmosis and almost died, I was hospitalized for 9 weeks and am currently rehabilitating. if anyone finds a lawyer, please let me know. To date, I have been unsuccessful.
I too had histoplasmosis. I told the doctor who prescribed the remicade and she didnt listen. I went months with histo before being diagnosed. If it hasn’t been for this amazing infectious disease doctor, I would not be here. I have had a multitude of problems since then. Has anyone found an attorney?
I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis on October 4, 2013. My GI suggested that I go on REMICADE and started the infusions in December 2013. I was on the infusions until December 2014, when GI stopped them after blood work showed that the REMICADE wasn’t working. Instead it was producing anti-bodies that caused microscopic blood clots. In February 2015, I was taken to the hospital three days in a row, doctors said it was frostbite. Doctors didn’t know what to do. Middle of February, I was taken to Hamilton General for a month and a half. So many doctors looked at my hands and feet which by this time had gone necrotic. They didn’t know anything either. Then I was sent home again with hands and feet bandaged. Had VON coming every day to change dressings. On July 16 2015, I had both legs and 6 fingers amputated. My GI admitted twice that the REMICADE caused my problems but won’t put it in writing. Has anyone else lost limbs due to REMICADE?
My son just had his arm saved. He had MRSA in the bone where the remicade infusions were given. No one would touch it. We finally had an orthopedic trauma surgeon at Andrews Institute save it! He has been off Remicade for over 10 years and still has unbelievable symptoms~!
WHY HAS THERE NOT BEEN A CLASS ACTION AGAINST THE MANUFACTURER OF REMICADE?
This is what i am trying to find out now. My son suffers tremendously and has for years. While on it and after they took him off it, it never went away! I see a lot of sites that say contact them for class action suit. I don’t know who to call!
I have been on remicade on 2 different ocassions for severe Crohns. Over a period of 6 years, I was hospitalized 24 times with random infections. Well, the kicker was in early 2014 and my body was filled with histoplasmosis. Not ONE doc could figure out why, not e en the top specialist in Infectious Disease. He had a theory but I knew he was flat out wrong, and I let him know it. He wanted to have me go through some insane surgery, and I kept refusing. — Ok, so the kicker is that I quit taking Remicade in May of 2014, I have not had even ONE infection since! Coincidence? I think not. I nearly died a few times from these infections, as I dropped from 172 lbs down to 112 lbs. I’m rather convinced that Remicade did some nasty things to me.
I am from South Australia and have just had my 3rd infliximab infusion. After the first infusion was hospitalised later in the week with side effects. Still had 2nd infusion, because of a severe reaction with breathing and hives the infusion was slowed down and done over 12 hours. Side effects after included daily hives, enlarged lymph glands, severe joint pain, headaches. Just this week had my 3rd infusion, took 21hrs as was having severe reactions at different times, breathing difficulties, hives, vomiting, severe joint swelling, headaches, high temperature but freezing etc – 4 days later I still feel as though my system has been poisoned and had made the decision that this treatment isn’t for me prior to reading your posts. So sorry that you have been affected either personally or have lost relatives due to this drug – thank you for sharing your stories and making people more aware this drug can actually cause other medical conditions, as if it isnt bad enough having to deal with this debilitating disease. Good luck to you all.
My husband was on Remicade, contracted lymphoma and died. He had other health issues at the time and the last thing he needed was to get sicker while supposedly being helped for his rheumatoid arthritis. I have tried in vain to get an attorney, with no luck. I have filed a complaint against the doctor with the state board of medical examiners. They all stick together like glue. So I’m suppose to sit here for the rest of my life knowing damn well the doctor made no effort whatsoever to keep a close eye on my husband for any of Remicade’s serious side effects. It’s a fact that Remicade causes lymphoma but the doctor denies any wrong doing and got a pass. I deserve an explanation but the chances seem slim. The doctor needs to be held responsible and I’m not going to give up regardless how much time has gone by.
My husband was on Remicade for 2 yrs. During 1 of his infusions, he went into encephalic shock during an infusion and had to be revived. Since then, he has had numerous health problems. His iron and hemoglobin tanked and he required weekly iron infusions for several months. Now his joints are literally falling apart, especially in his lower extremities. His left ankle has been fused and his rt ankle requires fusion. He is on the waiting list for an artificial knee joint on the rt and will require the lt knee as well. His shoulders are deteriorating as well. Anyone else having these problems?
My mother, 69, is now in ICU suffering from severe pericarditis which we were just told by the infection control doctor that seems to be a side effect of remicade. Her kidneys shut down and she went into afib. She has been on remicade for her RA for a year now. Praying she makes it through the next 48 hours so that she can be stabilized and transported to a bigger facility with more resources. Any help is greatly appreciated.
My 17 year old daughter has been on Remicade for more than a year now. The morning after her last infusion she lost 2/3 of her hair and couple days later she lost the rest. Been in contact with her doctor and he keeps telling us that it is not because of the infusion even though I am 100% sure it is..There is something fishy going on with this med. I think the drug company should inform people about this serious side effect.
My daughter is losing her hair by the hand fulls!! She now has remicade induced plaque psoriasis!! This med is dangerous!!! Christine
I’ve been on Remicade for 7 to 8 Years. I’ve developed Congested Heart Failure and a severe Lung condition ( Asthma) . Today I’M visiting the ER
6 to 8 weeks. Help.
I have been having headaches sine my first infusion of Remicade since March 9, 2016. They are constant 24/7. It is now MAY 5,2016 my Rheumatologist told me to see my Primary DOCTOR, she has sent me to a Neurologist- I have had a M
Neurotrax test and waiting to have an EEG.
These headaches are driving me crazy and no DOCTOR has given me medication to relieve the PAIN, it is clouding my thinking and affecting my sight. I am 71 years old.
Has any lawyer taken on Remicade lawsuits?
I have side effects galore from the Remicade deluge I received in 2010. My doctor misdiagnosed? me with Ankylosing Spondylitis, or just used me and my gene HLA-B27?! Guess What? I do NOT have or have ever any autoimmune disease. No alternative TNF companie for Janssen to blame. All my health related concerns, damages and permanent injuries are the result of Remicade going open loop in my healthy (with the exception of hypertension) mind and body. Maybe I was unlikely enough to fall into a less than .01% Infliximab/Remicade side effect category OR lucky enough to have been under the care of a opportunistic rheumatologist who put me on a “last resort” drug and I am still alive with plenty of INDISPUTABLE evidence of the guilty drug at large “Remicade”?!?! My drug of choice had been Advil and Excedrin. Seriously!
I am uploading documents, medical documents, photos, doctor reports, MRI’s, X-Rays, Comprehensive Labs, Hospital & ER visits, Prescription Drug List from 2009 to present day, A Federal Judge’s “Fully Favorable” ruling in my Social Security Disability case, and the list of over 57 side effects from Remicade. I will post my URL’s as soon as I complete the project. Or die trying……………..
I was on Remicade for over 8 years…During that time, I have developed congestive heart failure, asthma, copd, fibromyalgia,numerous leg infections, which I have to be seen at a wound care center in the hospital….My immune system is totally comprimised…I have had 3 cancerous tumors within the last 2 years….Went to cleveland clinic for my rheumatoid arthritis flair up from the medication…2 top doctors confirmed to me it was from the remicade..
But would not put it in writing…My sister was there and heard the entire conversation…
This past october, 2017…I had a rare tumor removed from my spinal cord…My legs went numb….The neurologist told me he thought it was also from the remicade…
This drug is very dangerous….and very dibilitating..
I have been very sick the past 2 years with all kinds of medical problems….
I read the post from “David” from the toronto post…I feel he needs to do more investigating…I’ve called several lawyers and they won’t take the case…
Maybe David can get the ball rolling for us.
I am so sorry to hear all of the heart ache due to Remicade. My 14 year old son has a GI Dr. that wants him on Remicade. She hasn’t even diagnosed him. After reading your stories, I am convinced it’s all about the kick back she’s paid for prescribing it. We will definitely find another way to ease his pain. Good luck to all of you. The pharmaceutical companies need to be held responsible for the lives they destroy.
My 28 year old son had a catastrophic injury to Remicade starting 1- months ago. Had a delayed hypersensitivity reaction one week after his second infusion which caused a fever of 105, loss of consciousness and paralysis. Laid unconscious on his bathroom floor well over 24 hours before he was found. He was in severe rhabdomyolysis with kidney failure. His liver enzymes were through the roof. He had compartment syndrome in his left arm which resulted in 3 surgeries including a skin graft. Spent 122 days in hospitals, nursing home and rehab centers. His paralysis has gradually gotten better, but still can’t completely move his right foot and needs a cane to walk. Due to nerve demyelination, he is reliant on Lyrica to control his pain. If he wasn’t a software developer and able to work from home, he would be financially destroyed. Why is Jansen so protected? I have read injury after injury here and no one is doing any us out it. I’m beyond angry!
My mother passed away last year and was on remicade for YEARS. she died from interstitial lung disease. I’m certain remicade caused her death. Please email any information to me thank you.