April 30, 2013 – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s new selective vasopressor medication Samsca (generic: tolvaptan) should not be prescribed to patients with underlying liver disease because the drug has the potential to cause severe liver injuries. FDA is currently in the process of working with Osaka to update Samsca warning labels with language regarding this potential side effect. Samsca was approved by the FDA in May 2009, and is indicated for the treatment of hypervolemic and euvolemic hyponatremia.
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How Can Samsca Cause Liver Injuries?
Samsca is a selective vasopression V2-receptor antagonist prescribed to patients with hypervolemic and euvolemic hyponatremia, heart failure, and Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone (SIADH). An increased risk of serious liver injury was noted in a number of recent clinical trials testing for a new use of the drug in patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD).
According to the FDA press release, Samsca treatment should be discontinued in patients who develop signs of liver disease, which may include:
- right upper abdominal discomfort
- dark urine
Samsca regimens should be limited to a month or less, and the drug should not be prescribed to patients with underlying liver disease, including cirrhosis. Doctors should consult patients about the risk of liver problems, including liver failure, and should advise them to contact their healthcare providers if they have any questions or concerns about Samsca.
Do I Have a Samsca Liver Injury Lawsuit?
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