A new Tepezza lawsuit, Mhamdi v. Horizon Therapeutics USA, Inc., was recently filed in MDL by a Florida woman who claims to have suffered severe injuries, including permanent hearing loss and tinnitus, due to Tepezza infusions.
The plaintiff, who was diagnosed with thyroid eye disease and/or Graves’ Disease, received these infusions from August 2020 to February 2023. The lawsuit alleges that neither the plaintiff nor her physicians were provided with any warnings or knowledge about the potential serious risks of permanent hearing loss or tinnitus associated with Tepezza.
August 15th, 2023:
In the past month, five additional hearing loss cases related to Tepezza have been moved into the recently established Tepezza class action MDL. This development has increased the total number of pending cases to 46 in an MDL that has been in existence for only three months.
July 2023 Updates:
July 1st, 2023:
Judge Durkin held the first class action MDL status conference on June 28th.
The meeting brought together all parties and their attorneys to allow the judge to outline his strategy for effectively managing the lawsuits.
Moreover, Judge Dirken clarified the process for selecting lawyers to serve on the plaintiffs’ steering or executive committee.
June 2023 Updates:
June 16th, 2023:
U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin recently issued a case management order in the Tepezza hearing damage MDL, scheduling the first status conference for June 28.
The conference will address the allowance of consolidated complaints involving multiple plaintiffs, potential evidence preservation orders, and the appointment of Tepezza lawyers to leadership positions.
Although Judge Durkin stated the final appointment of attorneys won’t take place until after the conference, he assured a decision can be expected promptly afterward.
June 12th, 2023:
A group of Tepezza attorneys filed a motion suggesting a list of attorneys including three co-lead counsel, one liaison counsel, and an executive committee comprising eight individuals, to take on leadership roles in the MDL case.
May 2023 Updates:
May 8th, 2023:
The number of Tepezza hearing loss lawsuits being filed nationwide has significantly risen in the past six weeks.
Initially, there were only 18 pending cases across five federal districts when a motion for MDL consolidation was filed in March.
However, since then, seven additional Tepezza hearing loss lawsuits have been filed in federal courts across the country.
The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) is scheduled to review the possibility of creating a new class action MDL at the end of this month.
May 11th, 2023:
Horizon Therapeutics, the manufacturer of Tepezza, has filed a motion opposing the consolidation of Tepezza cases into an MDL.
Horizon argues that an MDL is unnecessary due to the limited number of pending cases and optimistically suggests that future Tepezza lawsuits will be few.
The JPML is set to hold a hearing on May 25, 2023, to determine whether the Tepezza cases in federal courts should be consolidated into a class action MDL.
April 2023 Updates:
A new case study from Stanford University found that hearing loss is linked to dosage levels of Tepezza injections.
The study focused on a 64-year-old woman who experienced hearing loss in both ears after a full round of Tepezza injections.
However, when she was taken off the injections, her hearing problems went away.
When she tried a lower dose a year later, she did not experience the same hearing loss.
This case study strengthens the evidence of a direct connection between Tepezza and hearing loss.
March 2023 Updates:
There have been four new lawsuits filed alleging the permanent hearing damage caused by Tepezza injections.
Out of the 34 cases filed in federal courts, there have been 13 voluntary dismissals.
These dismissals indicate that there may have been settlements.
February 2023 Updates:
February 14th, 2023:
Horizon Therapeutics filed a motion to dismiss the Tepezza hearing loss claims against it under the doctrine of federal preemption, arguing that the tort claims asserted by the Tepezza plaintiffs are preempted by federal law because the FDA regulated Horizon’s ability to change the warning label for Tepezza.
February 16th, 2023:
Nine Tepezza product liability lawsuits have been filed in federal courts, with the most recent being Diaz v. Horizon Therapeutics USA Inc. filed on February 14, 2023.
The plaintiff suffered permanent hearing loss and tinnitus after receiving Tepezza infusions and the complaint alleges that Horizon was aware of the drug’s potential for hearing loss.
January 2023 Updates:
A motion to consolidate Tepezza Lawsuits into multidistrict litigation (MDL) has been filed on behalf of ten individuals who have suffered from hearing loss after taking Tepezza.
Attorneys representing the claimants have requested that all Tepezza Hearing Loss claims be consolidated before one judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Tepezza lawsuits allege that Horizon Therapeutics knew or should have known about the risk of hearing loss from Tepezza, but failed to fully test the treatment and provide adequate warnings to users and the medical community.
Horizon has objected to the consolidation request, stating that the cases involve different facts and defenses that would not benefit from coordinated pretrial proceedings.
The number of Tepezza hearing loss lawsuits is expected to grow in the coming months as more patients discover that their hearing damage was caused by the drug.
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How Tepezza Works
Tepezza is the brand name for teprotumumab-trbw.
It’s a prescription medication for treating thyroid eye disease (TED).
TED damages tissue around the eye and causes symptoms similar to Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorder.
Progressive swelling, inflammation, and tissue changes lead to various symptoms, including pain, double vision, and watery eyes.
The drug doesn’t only manage TED symptoms.
It treats the disease at the source by blocking autoantibodies responsible for activating essential receptors affecting the eyes.
It helps to decrease inflammation, prevent tissue expansion behind the eye, and prevent muscle and fat tissue remodeling.
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