Tepezza Hearing Loss Lawsuit (March 2024 Update) – Forbes Advisor – Forbes

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Tepezza is a medication used to treat eye bulging, double vision and symptoms of thyroid eye disease such as swelling, redness and eye pain. The prescription medication is delivered as an infusion and has been used by over 15,000 patients experiencing eye problems as it is one of few medications treating these specific health issues.

Unfortunately, some of the patients using this medication filed lawsuits claiming their hearing was damaged as a result of the drug. This guide explains why those lawsuits have been filed, as well as the most recent progression in the cases, so you can make an informed choice about whether you wish to pursue a claim of your own.


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What Are Tepezza Hearing Loss Lawsuits?

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Many patients who used Tepezza to treat their eye disorders report experiencing serious hearing complications after using the medication. These complications include tinnitus and hearing impairment.

Tepezza can inhibit insulin-like growth factor one receptor (IGF-IR), which serves a crucial role in protecting the inner ear against noise-related damage, medical toxicity and ischemia. Unfortunately, this can have serious—and sometimes permanent—consequences.

A number of patients affected by this issue believe the drug manufacturer failed to provide adequate warning that these hearing-related complications stood a strong likelihood of occurring. Plaintiffs also allege that the manufacturer failed to alert patients that the complications could be severe and permanent.

In clinical trials of the medication, approximately 10% of patients indicated they had experienced hearing problems. However, in 2021, a study revealed that the actual risk was much higher—potentially as many as 65% of drug users could face these types of complications.

In response to growing concerns, the drug manufacturer added a warning label to the medication in 2023 reading:

“Hearing Impairment Including Hearing Loss: Tepezza may cause severe hearing impairment including hearing loss, which in some cases may be permanent. Assess patients’ hearing before, during, and after treatment with Tepezza and consider the benefit-risk of treatment with patients.”

Unfortunately, many patients had already taken the medication prior to this warning as Tepezza was FDA-approved beginning in January of 2020.

Patients began to experience hearing problems almost immediately after the FDA approved the medication. And as evidence mounted that Tepezza may be the cause and that the manufacturer may have downplayed the danger, Tepezza hearing loss lawsuits started being filed.

Tepezza Lawsuit Process

Claims related to problems with Tepezza arise out of a body of law called product liability law. Under product liability laws, plaintiffs do not need to demonstrate negligence on the part of the defendant.

Plaintiffs can sue the drug manufacturer as well as merchants and others responsible for getting the product into their hands. In the Tepezza lawsuits, the current named defendant is Horizon Therapeutics, the manufacturer of the drug.

If the plaintiff shows the product caused harm when used as intended, or that they did not receive adequate warnings as to the product’s dangers, the plaintiff can recover compensation for losses directly resulting from the company’s failures.


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Tepezza Lawsuit Potential Next Steps

Since there are many potential plaintiffs due to the number of people who used Tepezza and who were struck with hearing loss or tinnitus, it makes sense to consolidate these cases.

This could happen in a few ways. One option is a class action, which would mean many plaintiffs’ cases are grouped together in one big case. Cases can also be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL), which means many independent cases are moved before one judge to simplify the management of those cases.

Tepezza plaintiffs have already moved to consolidate independent claims in a multi-district litigation, and the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) issued a transfer order in June of 2023, consolidating pending Tepezza lawsuits in the Northern District of Illinois.

After cases are combined, coordinated pretrial proceedings take place. This means the judge rules on issues that relate to all cases. Since the MDL is relatively new in Tepezza cases, not many pre-trial actions have taken place yet, though.

There are more than 59 pending cases that are part of the consolidated MDL as of December 2023. More plaintiffs may join as cases are filed in federal court. And some plaintiffs may opt to pursue their own claims in state court as well.

When MDL takes place, something called bellwether trials are scheduled. These are trials with representative plaintiffs, and the goal is to see how the case plays out in court. This can help inform settlement negotiations. Based on how the cases go, the defendant may decide to offer a settlement that, if accepted, could be split with all of the plaintiffs who are part of the mass tort case.

Tepezza Bellwether Cases

Initially, 12 candidate cases will be selected as bellwether cases among the pending Tepezza claims. The plaintiffs and defendants will each select four, and four will be chosen at random. However, many steps have to happen before then, and the Tepezza case is still in the very early phases.

The most recent action involved a narrative submission submitted by the plaintiffs’ attorneys, which includes allegations that the defendant has not complied properly with initial requests for information during the discovery process. That’s the process by which information is exchanged so both sides can build their cases.

The court will be making many more rulings on procedural issues in the coming months before bellwether cases will move forward. And plaintiffs can continue to join the MDL or pursue other means to file claims against Horizon if they suffered consequences due to this allegedly dangerous drug.


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What To Do if You Think You Are Eligible

If you or a loved one used Tepezza to treat eye problems and you are now experiencing hearing issues, you should consider speaking with an experienced product liability lawyer. Your attorney can help you to determine the best way to proceed with your case to maximize the chances of getting the compensation you deserve.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is there a hearing loss lawsuit against Tepezza?

There are currently claims pending against the manufacturer of Tepezza, Horizon Therapeutics. Many plaintiffs have filed product liability lawsuits alleging the medication caused them to experience tinnitus or hearing loss and claiming that the manufacturer failed to adequately warn them of the risk of the drug.

Is Tepezza hearing loss permanent?

Permanent hearing loss and tinnitus are both possible results of Tepezza use. While a Stanford University study revealed sometimes the hearing loss can be reversed over time, this is not possible in all cases. Unfortunately, Tepezza infusions can inhibit insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF-IR), which is necessary to protect the hair cells in the inner ear. Without that protection, medical toxicity, ischemia and hearing damage from noise can occur.

How much is a settlement for hearing loss?

The amount of compensation you may be entitled to if you settle a Tepezza lawsuit arising out of failure to warn about hearing loss varies depending on many factors including the settlement offer the defendant makes (if any), as well as the extent of the damage you endured. An experienced product liability lawyer can help you to understand what your claim might be worth.

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