The thyroid eye disease (TED) medication Tepezza (teprotumumab-trbw) has been linked by patient reports and scientific studies to numerous hearing issues, including:
- Permanent hearing loss
- Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL)
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Pain in the ear
- A feeling like your ears are plugged
- Autophony (where your own voice sounds too loud)
- Hyperacusis (increased sensitivity to sound)
- Eustachian tube dysfunction
It appears that Tepezza’s manufacturer, Horizon Therapeutics USA, failed to adequately test Tepezza and failed to adequately warn about the hearing issues associated with the drug. This means that you may be eligible for financial compensation in a Tepezza hearing loss lawsuit for any injuries to your hearing caused by Tepezza.
Many lawsuits have been filed alleging that Tepezza caused hearing loss. In fact, so many lawsuits have been filed that a motion was recently filed to consolidate Tepezza cases into a multidistrict litigation.
Call us today for a free consultation or text us from this page if you or a loved one suffered permanent hearing loss, tinnitus or other hearing problems after using Tepezza. Our experienced dangerous drug lawyers have been handling dangerous drug cases for over 30 years and have recovered over $350,000,000 on behalf of our clients since 1990, including:
- $14,250,000 for a 9-year-old girl who developed Stevens Johnson syndrome after taking Children’s Motrin
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What Damages Can Be Recovered In Tepezza Lawsuits?
If you have suffered hearing loss or tinnitus after using Tepezza, or if you have suffered other hearing-related issues, you may qualify to seek financial compensation and file a Tepezza lawsuit. You may qualify to recover both economic damages and non-economic damages connected to your hearing-related side effects.
Economic Damages In A Tepezza Lawsuit
Economic damages are damages which can be objectively measured, such as medical bills. Hearing tests and hearing aids can be extremely expensive, and hearing aids will likely continue to become more expensive over time as the technology in them improves and becomes more complex. To make matters worse, since the costs of hearing tests and hearing aids are increasing, health insurance companies are trying their best to limit their coverage and liability for them. Thus, if your attempt to treat thyroid eye disease with Tepezza has led to potentially permanent hearing loss or another hearing disorder, you may be facing enormous medical bills for the rest of your life.
In addition, losing the ability to hear may cause you to be unable to do your job, leading you to lose wages or your future earning capacity.
Those who have suffered permanent hearing damage or other hearing-related problems may qualify for financial compensation for such economic damages as past and future medical bills, the cost of past and future medical equipment such as hearing aids, lost wages, loss of earning capacity and more.
Non-Economic Damages In A Tepezza Lawsuit
Non-economic damages are damages which cannot be objectively measured, such as pain and suffering. Suffering from hearing impairment and having to deal with permanent loss of hearing can cause one a great deal of mental suffering and emotional distress, and those who have experienced an ear injury due to Tepezza may qualify for financial compensation for this mental suffering and emotional distress in Tepezza hearing loss lawsuits.
You may also be able to recover loss of consortium (loss of the benefits of a relationship) damages, loss of enjoyment of life damages and more by filing a Tepezza lawsuit.
How Much Will It Cost Me To File A Tepezza Hearing Loss Lawsuit?
We only charge a fee when we obtain a recovery for you. We do not charge a fee if we don’t obtain financial compensation for you. In other words, we don’t charge a fee unless and until we win your case and you will never owe us a single penny out of your own pocket.
You have nothing to lose by calling us for a free consultation if you have suffered from hearing loss or other hearing problems after taking Tepezza.
How Long Do I Have To File A Tepezza Lawsuit?
In California, you have two years from the date you become aware that a dangerous drug has injured you to file a dangerous drug lawsuit. This time limit is known as a statute of limitations and a failure to file a lawsuit within this time frame can forever bar you from obtaining financial compensation for your injuries.
Other states are different; we have a database of the statute of limitations for all 50 states. Therefore, we can effectively represent a TEPEZZA victim in every state.
Don’t wait – call us today if you’ve suffered from hearing issues after taking Tepezza. Calling us today gives us the most time possible to build a successful case for you and file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires, so calling us today gives you the best chance of obtaining the financial compensation you deserve for your hearing problems.
Did Horizon Therapeutics Adequately Test Tepezza?
It appears that the thyroid eye disease drug Tepezza was not adequately tested by Horizon Therapeutics.
Tepezza’s label actually states, “Teprotumumab-trbw’s mechanism of action in patients with Thyroid Eye Disease has not been fully characterized.”
That’s right: Horizon Therapeutics failed to even test Tepezza enough to learn how it treats thyroid eye disease.
The label also admits that no “formal pharmacodynamic studies have been conducted with teprotumumab-trbw.”
When Tepezza was submitted for FDA approval, clinical trials had seen less than 100 patients who were given Tepezza. Only 84 patients had been given the drug in clinical trials when the drug was submitted to the FDA.
Those who are harmed by inadequately tested drugs are eligible for financial compensation for their injuries. Call our legal team today for a free case review if you or a loved one developed hearing problems after taking Tepezza.
Does Tepezza Cause Hearing Loss?
Tepezza has been linked by scientific studies and patient reports to hearing loss and other hearing issues, yet the time since these links have been revealed has seen Horizon Therapeutics ignore relevant safety concerns, continue to sell Tepezza and not properly warn patients about the significant risk of severe, permanent hearing loss associated with the drug.
Teprotumumab and hearing loss: hear the warnings was published in February 2021 in Orbit.
Ototoxicity and Teprotumumab was published in August 2021 in Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology. The case report described “irreversible” hearing loss in a Tepezza patient and suggested that Tepezza patients be given audiologic evaluations.
Audiology findings in patients with teprotumumab associated otologic symptoms was published in September 2021 in American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports. The report described Tepezza patients who experienced hearing loss and tinnitus, noting that there may be a risk for irreversible hearing loss associated with the drug.
Thyroid Eye Diseae, Teprotumumab, and Hearing Loss: An Evolving Role for Otolaryngologists was published in March 2021 in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. The authors stated that doctors who prescribe Tepezza should “strongly consider” having an audiologist and an otolaryngologist monitor their patients’ hearing.
Teprotumumab and Hearing Loss: Case Series and Proposal for Audiologic Monitoring was published in January 2022 in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The authors stated that Tepezza may cause “irreversible hearing loss ranging from mild to severe,” suggesting that audiograms and tympanometry be given before, during and after Tepezza infusion.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss After Teprotumumab Therapy for Thyroid Eye Disease: A Case Report was published in February 2022 in Otology & Neurotology. The case report described a woman who experienced hearing loss in both ears after taking Tepezza, suggesting that Tepezza patients receive audiometric monitoring.
Hearing Dysfunction After Treatment With Teprotumumab for Thyroid Eye Disease was published in February 2022 in American Journal of Ophthalmology. The case series saw 27 Tepezza patients analyzed. 22 of the 27 patients, or 81.5 percent of the patients, developed new subjective symptoms related to the ear. Five of the patients developed hearing loss, with three of those five patients experiencing persistent hearing loss.
Teprotumumab-associated chronic hearing loss screening and proposed treatments was published in April 2022 in BMJ Case Reports. The case report described a woman who developed tinnitus after a third dose of Tepezza, followed by hearing loss after a fifth dose, which persisted six weeks after the fifth dose.
Audiologic Demonstration of Ototoxicity from Teprotumumab Treatment in a Patient With Thyroid Eye Disease was published in April 2022 in OTO Open. The case report described a woman who developed tinnitus after a second infusion of Tepezza and hearing loss after a fifth infusion, with no improvement being seen in audiograms afterwards.
How Does Tepezza Cause Hearing Loss?
Teprotumumab for Thyroid-Associated Ophthalmopathy was published in May 2017 in The New England Journal of Medicine. The article notes that Tepezza is an insulin-like growth factor I receptor (IGF-IR) inhibitor.
IGF-IR protects hair cells in the inner ear from medication toxicity, ischemia, and noise-induced damage, and low IGF-IR levels have been linked with hearing loss.
Thus, it appears that Tepezza may cause hearing loss by inhibiting IGF-IR.
Could Horizon Have Warned Patients About Hearing Loss?
21 CFR § 314.70(c)(3) allows drug manufacturers to update their labeling to reflect new information without receiving prior FDA approval, so when Horizon Therapeutics became aware that Tepezza had been linked with a significant risk of permanent hearing loss, they had the option to immediately update Tepezza’s label to warn patients about the risk.
However, the only warning on Tepezza’s label related to hearing loss characterizes hearing loss as an adverse event which occurred in 10 percent of Tepezza users, much lower than the percentage of users who experienced hearing loss in Hearing Dysfunction After Treatment With Teprotumumab for Thyroid Eye Disease. Lawsuits also claim that Horizon told the FDA that this hearing loss was “temporary and generally of limited duration.”
In addition, Horizon should have heeded the advice of many scientific reports and instructed doctors to monitor Tepezza patients’ hearing before and after giving their patients Tepezza injections.
Horizon failed to warn patients that there is a significant risk of developing permanent hearing loss associated with Tepezza, and also failed to warn doctors that they should monitor Tepezza patients’ hearing. These failures mean that if you have experienced hearing problems after taking Tepezza, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. Call our Tepezza lawyers for a free case review today.
Tepezza Lawsuit Updates
As of September 18, 2023, there are 54 cases in the Tepezza multidistrict litigation.
On August 14, 2023, a lawsuit was filed in Illinois alleging that a Florida man suffered tinnitus and permanent hearing loss after being given Tepezza for thyroid eye disease. The lawsuit alleges the drug’s manufacturer knew the drug could cause tinnitius and permanent hearing loss but failed to warn about this risk.
On July 20, 2023, the FDA released a new prescribing information guide for Tepezza. Tepezza’s label now warns about a risk of severe, possibly permanent hearing loss. “TEPEZZA may cause severe hearing impairment including hearing loss, which in some cases may be permanent,” the label now warns.
Oral arguments regarding the establishment of a Tepezza MDL have been scheduled for May 25 in Philadelphia.
34 Tepezza lawsuits have been filed in federal courts as of March 2023. 13 of those cases have seen the filing of voluntary dismissals. This is a sign that those cases might have reached out-of-court settlements.
A motion has been filed to consolidate all Tepezza lawsuits into a multidistrict litigation (MDL). The MDL would be handled in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
The lawsuits allege that Horizon knew or should have known the drug could cause hearing loss before submitting the drug for review to United States regulators.
Am I Eligible To File A Tepezza Lawsuit?
Those who have suffered Tepezza side effects may be able to obtain financial compensation for their injuries with the help of our law firm, but they must satisfy numerous criteria.
First of all, you must have incurred significant damages related to Tepezza. Simply receiving Tepezza injections does not qualify you for a lawsuit. You must have suffered from hearing loss, tinnitus or other hearing issues after taking Tepezza in order to file a lawsuit.
You must also be able to prove that you received Tepezza injections, Tepezza caused your hearing issues, and that you suffered damages because of these hearing issues in order to file a successful lawsuit. That’s where the experienced dangerous drug lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen come into play.
We are experts at proving that our clients took a dangerous drug, the dangerous drug harmed them, and that harm led to damages such as medical bills, pain, suffering and more. We have been successfully representing victims of dangerous drugs since 1990.
If you think you qualify to file a Tepezza lawsuit or are unsure, call a Tepezza attorney at Nadrich & Cohen today for a free consultation or text us from this page. Let us fight to obtain for you the compensation and justice you deserve.