About 58 million Americans suffer from actinic keratosis. Actinic keratosis is a skin condition that is caused by damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The area of skin that is affected may appear raised, rough, and red or yellow. If left untreated, the results of actinic keratosis can be serious. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, up to ten percent of actinic keratosis lesions turn into squamous cell carcinomas, and basal cell carcinomas can also develop. Thus, in order to prevent these dangerous cancers, it is important to treat actinic keratosis promptly. Treatment may include surgery, topical medications, or combination therapies.
How Picato Gel Is Used to Treat Actinic Keratosis
Picato gel is one of the topical gels that is approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of actinic keratosis (AK). Picato gel (ingenol mebutate) gained FDA approval in 2012 and is currently available in 0.015% concentration for the face and scalp and 0.05% concentration for the rest of the body. Patients apply the gel directly to the actinic keratosis. It is marketed as the “fastest dosing of any AK treatment” and is said to treat actinic keratosis in just two or three days while other topical treatments take weeks or months to work.
Picato Gel Linked to Serious Side Effects
The promise of a fast-acting medication that could prevent actinic keratosis from developing into cancer and prevent a surgical procedure is enticing. However, it is important to know that many serious side effects have been reported. According to an August 2015 FDA Drug Safety Communication, the following risks have been reported by users of Picato gel or their doctors:
- Severe allergic reactions. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include throat tightening, difficulty breathing, feeling faint, or swelling of the lips or tongue
- Shingles (herpes zoster)
- Severe eye injuries
- Skin reactions. This may include hives, itching or a significant rash
According to the FDA, some of these injuries occurred because patients were not using Picato gel as directed. Thus, additional warnings and instructions were necessary and label changes were mandated by the FDA in August 2015.
Patients who experience any of these injuries are encouraged to get prompt medical attention and to report their injuries to the FDA.
What Else You Can Do If You’ve Been Hurt by Picato Gel
Once you have received the necessary medical treatment for your injury, it is important to learn more about protecting your legal rights. You may incur significant medical bills, long-term physical complications, lost income, physical pain, emotional suffering and other damages as a result of an adverse reaction to Picato gel. If this has happened to you, then you need to know how to protect your legal rights and your financial future. You may have the option of joining with others who have been hurt in similar ways. Specifically, you may be able to join together with others who have been hurt in a lawsuit against LEO Pharma Inc., the maker of Picato.
For more information about your rights and your potential recovery after a significant adverse reaction to Picato gel, please start a live chat with us now to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our experienced Louisville attorneys.