Tepezza Hearing Loss Lawsuit

Tepezza Hearing Loss Lawsuit

Our attorneys are investigating Tepezza’s hearing loss claims in all 50 states.

Tepezza is an injectable prescription medication used for the treatment of thyroid eye disease (also known as TED). However, new scientific research has shown that Tepezza may cause some patients to experience permanent hearing damage and/or tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

People who received injections of Tepezza for TED and subsequently suffered from hearing loss or tinnitus may be eligible to file a product liability lawsuit for financial compensation. Our attorneys are currently accepted in Tepezza hearing damage cases. Contact us today to see if you have a case.

About Tepezza

Tepezza (teprotumumab) is a relatively new prescription drug used to treat thyroid eye disease (TED). TED is a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the muscle and tissue behind the eyes, causing bulging eyes, pain, and blurred vision. Sometimes TED is caused by Grave’s disease.

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Tepezza is given by injection about every 3 weeks for about 5 months. Tepezza works by stopping the immune system from attacking the fatty tissue behind the eyes, although the exact mechanism by which it does this is not fully understood.

Tepezza was developed by horizon therapyand is still under its original patent protection.

Study links tepezza to severe hearing loss

When Tepezza was first approved by the FDA, Horizon recognized that the drug posed a risk of hearing loss or damage as a potential side effect.

However, according to Horizon, only 10% of users would experience this potential side effect. Additionally, Horizon characterized the hearing loss as “temporary and generally of limited duration.”

New research has shown that Horizon not only grossly underestimated the risk of hearing damage associated with Tepezza, but also underestimated the severity of hearing damage.

A study published in the March 2021 issue of the journal Endocrine Society found that 65% of patients receiving Tepezza reported some level of hearing loss, hearing damage, or tinnitus (constant ringing in the ears). This is an extremely high percentage and is more than 6 times higher than the estimated risk reported by Horizon on its product packaging and warning labels.

Horizon failed to adequately warn of Tepezza’s risk of hearing loss

Although Horizon acknowledged hearing loss as a potential side effect of Tepezza, each Tepezza lawsuit will allege that this warning was inappropriate because it grossly underestimated the level of risk. A warning that does not significantly convey risk is not a warning at all. Horizon knew or reasonably should have known that Tepezza was at much higher risk of hearing loss and that this hearing loss could be permanent.

Tepezza Hearing Loss Lawsuits

In 2022, people who suffered from hearing loss or tinnitus after receiving Tepezza injections began filing product liability lawsuits against Horizon. The Tepezza hearing loss lawsuits allege that Horizon negligently failed to adequately warn patients and doctors about the very real risks of hearing damage associated with Tepezza.

The plaintiffs in these Tepezza lawsuits claim that Tepezza’s failure to provide adequate warning about the risk of hearing damage left them and their doctors unaware of the potential harm the drug could cause. These plaintiffs allege that they never would have taken Tepezza for their TED treatment if Horizon had provided adequate and accurate warning of this risk.

Hundreds of Tepezza hearing loss lawsuits are expected to be filed in the future as more and more Tepezza patients experience hearing damage. At this point, the Tepezza lawsuits have not been consolidated into an MDL class action lawsuit, but if many more such cases are filed, that could happen in the future.

Potential Settlement Value of Tepezza Hearing Loss Lawsuits

Obviously, it’s too early to say how much a Tepezza lawsuit could potentially be worth in a settlement. There are too many variables at this point to know for sure whether or not these cases will actually be viable. However, we can offer a reasonable estimate of what a successful Tepezza hearing loss lawsuit might be worth in a settlement.

Our attorneys estimate that a Tepezza hearing loss case with favorable facts could have a potential settlement value of $140,000 to $250,000. The exact value in a specific case will depend on several factors, including the plaintiff’s age and whether they had pre-existing hearing problems. Cases involving significant and permanent hearing loss in plaintiffs who are relatively young could be worth much more.

Contact Us About a Tepezza Hearing Damage Lawsuit

Our firm is currently pursuing Tepezza hearing damage lawsuits nationwide. If you took Tepezza for TED treatment and subsequently suffered hearing damage, hearing loss, or permanent ringing in the ears (tinnitus), contact our office today for a free consultation.

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