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Have you been struggling to overcome opioid addiction? Did one of your doctors go ahead and settle on prescribing Suboxone as part of your treatment plan? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. 

Suboxone was supposed to be a miracle drug that helped curb cravings and ease withdrawal symptoms. Turns out, its manufacturer knew it was highly addictive but marketed it as a safe treatment option anyway. Many people who took Suboxone as prescribed ended up with a new addiction and a host of dental issues.

If you’re one of them, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers to discuss your legal options. You don’t have to go through this alone, and you certainly don’t deserve to suffer because of the greed and negligence of big pharma. 

Read on for the details on the lawsuit against Suboxone and all the ways we can help!

What Is the Suboxone Lawsuit About?

The Suboxone lawsuit [1] claims this drug, approved to treat opioid disorders, can cause serious dental problems such as tooth decay, oral infections, cavities, and tooth loss. Plaintiffs argue manufacturer Indivior failed to properly warn about the risks. Now, they’re seeking compensation for the costs of dental repairs and treatment.

What Is the Status of the Suboxone Lawsuit?

The status of the Suboxone buprenorphine tooth decay lawsuit is evolving. As of October 2023, cases are just starting, and Suboxone lawyers are still reviewing potential suits. No settlement or trials have happened yet specifically for dental issues, though Indivior had to pay a $385 million settlement in other cases.

Is There a Class Action Lawsuit on Suboxone?

While there are many individual Suboxone lawsuits underway, with drug manufacturers or medical providers, there is also an MDL (Multi-District Litigation), which is similar to a class action. 

Given the high number of cases regarding Suboxone side effects, the MDL consolidates all federal cases for efficient pretrial proceedings. Though not technically a buprenorphine class action lawsuit, the MDL allows many plaintiffs with comparable allegations against the defendants to work together.

Suboxone Lawsuit Status Updates

Below are the latest updates on Suboxone lawsuits.

  • As of October 2023, cases are still in their early stages. Lawyers are investigating accusations and accepting new clients. No Suboxone settlement or trials have happened yet for tooth damage or dental problems from Suboxone use.
  • In September 2023, David Sorensen filed a Suboxone dental lawsuit against Indivior and its parent company, Reckitt Benckiser, saying Suboxone caused permanent tooth damage needing major dental work. 
  • In August 2023, Indivior agreed to pay a $30 million settlement with health insurers over antitrust claims.
  • In April 2023, the Federal Trade Commission paid some consumers who missed the original deadline to join the Suboxone class action lawsuit. 
  • In January 2022, the FDA announced that Suboxone and similar drugs can cause dental problems. They now have stronger warnings.
  • In May 2021, the Federal Trade Commission reached a $60 million settlement with the parent company Reckitt Benckiser Group and Indivior, Inc. over deceptive marketing. Nearly 52,000 people received payments. The companies allegedly schemed to block cheaper generic alternatives from the market, thus consumers were allegedly overcharged.

Such cases can take years, so updates may be infrequent. But more news should come as Suboxone lawsuits proceed or if a resolution is reached. For now, the best way to stay in the loop is by checking with a lawyer handling Suboxone cases.

How to File a Suboxone Tooth Decay Lawsuit

If you’ve been prescribed Suboxone for opioid addiction or chronic pain [2] and have suffered dental injuries as a result, you may be entitled to compensation. To qualify for a Suboxone tooth decay lawsuit, there are a few criteria you’ll need to meet.

First, you must have taken Suboxone for at least six months to treat an opioid use disorder or for chronic pain management. If you only took the drug for a short time, you likely won’t have grounds for a case.

You’ll also need to show that you experienced dental injuries like tooth decay, tooth fractures, cavities, or gum disease within a few months of starting Suboxone. Things like routine dental checkups, X-rays, or other records from before you began Suboxone can help prove your teeth and gums were previously healthy.

It’s important that you were not aware of these risks before you began taking Suboxone. The drug’s warning label does not adequately disclose the chance of dental harm, so if you knew about this ahead of time, it may be harder to build a case.

You should act quickly to find a law firm that handles Suboxone tooth decay lawsuits. There are statutes of limitations that can bar lawsuits that are too old, often within 1 to 3 years of discovering an injury. So, the sooner you reach out to a lawyer, the better.

Be prepared to provide your lawyer with detailed records of your Suboxone usage, dental treatments, and the progression of any tooth or gum damage. The more organized and complete the information you can offer, the stronger your potential Suboxone teeth lawsuit will be. 

Pictures of your mouth and teeth over time may also help to demonstrate the impact of long-term Suboxone use.

Previous dental records and x-rays can help prove the impact of usinf Suboxone

How Suboxone Lawsuit Attorneys Can Help

Dangerous drug attorneys specialized in Suboxone cases can help in many ways:

  • Gathering Evidence – A lawyer can help gather the correct evidence of tooth decay or other dental injuries for your Indivior case. They know what documentation the United States District Court and Federal Court require and how best to obtain it.
  • Filing Your Lawsuit – Your attorney will also file your lawsuit in court on your behalf and ensure all legal procedures are properly followed.
  • Negotiating Settlements or Preparing for Trial – Law firms have experience negotiating settlements with large pharmaceutical companies. If a fair settlement cannot be reached, they will prepare your case for a jury trial.
  • No Upfront Fees – As the case is with most product liability injury lawsuits, our lawyers offer free case evaluations for Suboxone teeth lawsuits. We don’t collect fees unless we recover a settlement or get a jury verdict in your favor.

Who Are the Defendants in Suboxone Tooth Decay Lawsuits?

The primary defendants in Suboxone tooth decay lawsuits are Indivor, Inc. and its parent company, Reckitt Benckiser. Indivor develops and sells Suboxone, which is used to treat addiction to opioids.

Indivor, formerly part of Reckitt Benckiser, became its own publicly traded company in 2014 to focus on opioid dependency treatment. Suboxone lawsuits point to Indivor, Reckitt, and their US affiliates as defendants for allegedly failing to warn about Suboxone’s risks like tooth decay, cavities, and dental issues. 

Additionally, as concluded in the final Suboxone monopoly lawsuits, the company had been illegally suppressing generic competition.

Suboxone Lawsuit Payout Data

As of October 2023, Suboxone lawsuits are still in the initial stages. There has been no publicly announced court-approved Suboxone lawsuit payout or individual court settlement for dental problems. This also applies to trial scheduling. 

On the other hand, the FTC Suboxone settlement [3] amounts continue to climb. Indivior agreed to pay a substantial Suboxone settlement of $385 million in October 2023 to resolve price-fixing lawsuits by wholesalers.

Indivior previously paid $102.5 million to settle lawsuits from dozens of states in June 2023. They paid another $30 million in August 2023 to resolve a class action by health plans alleging the company prevented similar buprenorphine drugs from going into the market.

Back in 2020, Indivior paid $600 million to the federal government over improperly promoting the drug. The 2019 antitrust settlement was a whopping $1.4 billion paid to the government, states, and the FTC.

Numerous lawsuits, including a Suboxone class action lawsuit, and settlements have resulted in total payouts of well over $2 billion so far. 

There are claims that long-term Suboxone use can cause tooth decay, oral infections, and tooth loss

Why Are People Filing Suboxone Lawsuits?

Users who have experienced tooth decay, cavities, or even tooth loss after taking Suboxone may be eligible to file a Suboxone tooth decay lawsuit. Some patients have had to get crowns, implants, or dentures to repair damage and claim the drug makers failed to properly warn them about risks to their teeth. 

What Is Suboxone?

Suboxone, which comes as a film or tablet that dissolves under the tongue, is a combination of two drugs, buprenorphine and naloxone, that work together to decrease the severity of withdrawal signs and reduce a patient’s dependence on opioids in the long run. 

Buprenorphine reduces cravings and withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to opioids like heroin, oxycodone, and hydrocodone. Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids and is added to prevent misuse of the medication.

Suboxone and Dental Injuries

Suboxone used over a long period can potentially lead to dental damage [4] like tooth decay and other dental injuries. While it aids the recovery from opioid addiction, it’s important to be aware of the possible side effects on your teeth and gums.

Cavities

Cavities are small holes in the teeth caused by decay. Reduced saliva flow allows cavity-causing bacteria to thrive. Frequent brushing, flossing, and dental checkups are key to preventing cavities.

Enamel Erosion

Enamel erosion is the thinning and weakening of the outermost layer of the tooth. Acidic ingredients can wear away enamel over time. Ask your dentist about prescription fluoride to strengthen enamel.

Dentin Exposure

Receding gums from the use of this medication use can expose dentin, the inner layer of the tooth, leading to sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks and pain. Fluoride treatments and bonding agents can help reduce sensitivity.

Gum Disease

Decayed teeth can lead to gum infections, which, if left untreated, can destroy the bone supporting the remaining teeth. See your dentist regularly for deep cleanings and possible antibiotics. Maintaining good at-home oral care is critical.

Tooth Abscess

Abscesses are pus-filled pockets that form due to a bacterial infection in the tooth or gums, which require immediate attention to prevent the infection from spreading. Antibiotics may also be needed to clear the infection before any dental procedures.

Tooth Loss

Teeth might fall out or need to be extracted due to severe tooth decay or damage. The only options to replace missing teeth are dental implants, bridges, or dentures. Prevent tooth loss by addressing any dental problems early and maintaining good oral health habits.

Chewing Difficulties

Long-term use of Suboxone may cause problems when eating due to damaged or painful teeth. It can cause dry mouth, which reduces saliva flow and makes it difficult to chew and swallow food comfortably.

Chronic Bad Breath

The dry mouth and decay caused by this medication can lead to persistent bad breath. In addition to staying hydrated and practicing good oral care, patients may want to ask their dentist about prescription mouthwashes or oral rinses that can help eliminate bad breath.

Tooth Fractures and Other Dental Injuries

Patients’ teeth that are weakened by decay or damage are more prone to breaking or fracturing. Be very gentle while brushing and flossing teeth in poor condition. Avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that could put extra stress on weakened teeth.

Is Suboxone Discontinued?

According to Reckitt Benckiser, the sublingual Suboxone tablets have been discontinued. The company notified the FDA that they are voluntarily stopping the supply of this formulation. However, the film version of Suboxone continues to be produced and prescribed for opioid dependence. Suboxone film contains the same ingredients, buprenorphine and naloxone, as the discontinued tablets.

Contact Our Law Firm About a Suboxone Lawsuit Today!

If you or a loved one has experienced tooth decay, bleeding gums, or other dental problems after taking Suboxone, contact us today about filing a suit. Our Suboxone lawyers can analyze your claim at no cost and help you pursue compensation for your injuries. 

We’re aware of the physical pain and financial stress these injuries can put on victims and their families. Let our law firm help you hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for failing to warn patients about the risks. 

You deserve justice, and we can help you get it. Call us today at (888) 424-5757 to file a Suboxone lawsuit. We are available 24/7.

References: [1] NLM, [2] Harvard Health, [3] FTC, [4] FDA 

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