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Suboxone Tooth Decay Lawsuit

Suboxone is a medication for people who are battling opioid addictions. It helps by stopping the desire to use drugs while taking the medicine. However, there has recently been an alarming rise in people who have suffered from tooth decay and dental problems after using Suboxone sublingual films or tablets.

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If you or someone you know has suffered from tooth decay or other dental complications after using Suboxone, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our lawyers at Farah & Farah for a free consultation regarding your case. We charge no fees for representation; instead, we get paid only if you win. Our experienced personal injury attorneys specialize in serving those who may have been affected.

What Is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a medicine prescribed to people who have opioid dependencies. It helps stabilize people during detox and supports recovery from opioid use disorder. It’s a combination of two drugs: buprenorphine, which is a partial opioid agonist, and naloxone, an opioid antagonist. It is prescribed as a dissolvable film that patients use under the tongue or on the cheek.

Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist— an opioid medication that mimics mild opioid effects. This means that buprenorphine alleviates withdrawal symptoms and cravings without eliciting the complete effects seen with other opioids (like heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, etc.), facilitating a smoother transition away from the patient’s preferred opioid substance. Additionally, it can hinder other opioids from attaching to and activating the patient’s opioid receptors, serving as a deterrent against the misuse of alternative opioids.

Naloxone

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist medication or “blocker.” It only works in the body if the patient injects the tablet or film instead of dissolving it in the mouth as prescribed. If naloxone is injected, it causes uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms in people dependent on opioids. This, therefore, discourages those reliant on intravenous (IV) opioids from injecting buprenorphine/naloxone and helps them stay on track in their opioid recovery process.

How Does Suboxone Cause Tooth Decay and Dental Problems?

Suboxone is dissolved in the mouth, under the tongue, or against the cheek. Patients typically take Suboxone between 1 to 3 times daily, exposing their teeth multiple times throughout the day to the medication. Some reasons why Suboxone causes tooth decay and other dental problems include but are not limited to:

Acidity

When Suboxone dissolves, it becomes acidic, with a pH of 3.4 in water. This acidity can wear down enamel, making teeth prone to bacteria and decay.

Dryness

Suboxone users often have lower saliva levels. Less saliva to protect teeth increases the risk of decay, as food remains in place, providing a breeding ground for bacteria.

What Dental Problems Does Suboxone Cause?

According to the National Library of Medicine, the active drug in Suboxone, buprenorphine, can cause:

Severe Tooth Decay

Suboxone users have found this to be the biggest issue, leading to numerous cavities and harm to teeth, frequently causing emotional distress.

Tooth Erosion

The use of Suboxone could potentially wear away tooth enamel, increasing the risk of decay and sensitivity and other dental problems, including:

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, a potential side effect of Suboxone, reduces saliva production, which, in turn, diminishes the protective effect of saliva on teeth, increasing the risk of dental problems such as decay caused by harmful bacteria and substances.

Gum Problems

Suboxone use may contribute to gum problems, including inflammation and periodontal disease, significantly affecting overall dental health.

Tooth Fractures

The overall poor oral hygiene caused by the use of Suboxone sublingually can lead to tooth fractures and broken teeth.

Infections

Several of the mentioned dental issues carry the potential to result in infections, which, aside from being painful and expensive, can also have the risk of spreading, posing serious threats, especially for individuals who have an impaired immune system or are elderly.

Suboxone Studies Regarding Tooth Decay Concerns

Multiple studies suggest concern as there is a significant link between dental issues and using sublingual buprenorphine. These Suboxone studies have formed the foundation for Suboxone tooth decay lawsuits and support many plaintiffs’ claims.

2013 Suboxone Study of Buprenorphine Users

study in 2013 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston looked at patients getting treatment for opioid dependence. It found that those using buprenorphine had tooth decay and dental issues. More than 90% of the patients in the study had lower saliva protection for their teeth. This connection suggests that using buprenorphine might be linked to a higher risk of tooth problems.

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Suboxone Study

In December 2022, a study in the medical journal JAMA revealed that patients using the sublingual film form of Suboxone were more prone to dental issues than other forms of buprenorphine or naloxone. While researchers are still exploring the reasons behind this tooth decay, it may be related to Suboxone’s impact on saliva production. Saliva plays a crucial role in maintaining clean teeth and reducing acidity in the mouth. If Suboxone interferes with saliva production, it could increase acidity and bacteria levels, making dental problems more likely to occur.

2023 Study of Suboxone Adverse Events Reported to the FAERS

In 2023, a study examined adverse event reports submitted to the United States Food and Drug Administration Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) from 2015 to 2022. The findings from the data revealed that sublingual Suboxone had a significantly higher occurrence of adverse events related to dental disorders compared to buprenorphine administered orally.

What To Do if You Have Taken Suboxone

If you have used Suboxone and are currently facing dental problems, the experienced defective drug lawyers at Farah & Farah recommend the following:

Step #1: Record Your Dental Problems

Maintain thorough documentation of each dental appointment, treatment received, and recommendations provided. Track the development of your dental issues through photographs and detailed notes.

Step #2: Track Your Medical Expenses

Document all costs associated with your dental problems, including invoices, receipts, and insurance claims. Additionally, take note of any effects on your daily routine, such as missed workdays or activities you can no longer participate in.

Step #3: Avoid Discussing Your Case

Avoid discussing your case with insurance companies or on social media platforms. Statements made in these contexts could be used against you by the opposing party in a personal injury claim.

Step #4: Contact a Suboxone Attorney

Contact our experienced lawyers with experience in handling defective drug cases. An attorney can offer valuable insights into your legal choices and recommend the most effective action.

Suboxone Manufacturer Negligence

People filing Suboxone tooth decay lawsuits have identified Indivior, Inc. and Aquestive Therapeutics Inc. as the leading companies they’re taking legal action against. Aquestive Therapeutics focuses on making medicines for unmet medical needs, like nausea pills for chemotherapy patients, and Indivior specializes in Buprenorphine-based drugs for treating opioid addiction. Both companies played a role in creating the sublingual film version of Suboxone, but Indivior is the leading medication producer.

Failure To Warn of Suboxone Risks

The manufacturers of Suboxone, Indivior, and Aquestive Therapeutics are legally obligated to provide accurate warning labels for patients and providers to make informed decisions. Plaintiffs claim that these manufacturers knew or should have known that sublingual use of Suboxone could raise the risk of tooth decay or dental complications, given their expertise in similar drugs and reports of dental problems, but they failed to warn users. If Suboxone users can prove negligence in this regard, causing their dental injuries, it could result in Indivior and Aquestive Therapeutics being held accountable in product liability lawsuits.

Suboxone and Tooth Decay Lawsuits

Lawsuits against Suboxone claim that the manufacturers of the drug, Indivior, and Aquestive Therapeutics, neglected to adequately caution its users about potential dental issues, such as tooth decay, oral infections, cavities, and tooth loss associated with the use of Suboxone. In recent months, over 100 lawsuits have been filed by people impacted by the use of Suboxone, and more lawsuits will likely emerge as more people learn about the connection between Suboxone, tooth decay, and other dental complications.

Suboxone Tooth Decay Lawsuit Timeline

January 27, 2024: JPML Discussion about Suboxone Lawsuits

The Joint Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) met in California to discuss combining all Suboxone lawsuits from federal courts nationwide. Once an agreement is reached, individuals who have filed Suboxone lawsuits will receive compensation sooner.

January 17, 2024: Suboxone Lawsuit Statute of Limitations

As the Suboxone tooth decay lawsuits progress, the statute of limitations for product liability or defective drug cases is approaching in some states. Since Indivior added a warning to Suboxone films exactly 2 years ago, in January 2022, potential plaintiffs in states with a 2-year statute of limitations might soon be unable to file a lawsuit.

January 13, 2024: More Suboxone Lawsuits Emerge

As plaintiffs wait for the January 25th Joint Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) hearing to see if their claims will be consolidated, more people using Suboxone have realized that their dental problems might be connected to the medication.

January 4, 2024: New Suboxone Tooth Decay Lawsuits Filed

With an increasing number of Suboxone tooth decay lawsuits against the drug’s manufacturers, there is optimism for the progression of the Suboxone lawsuit multidistrict litigation (MDL) later this month, especially as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received numerous adverse event reports related to oral health problems associated with the sublingual film version of Suboxone.

December 26, 2023: JPML Hearing Date Determined

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) is set to hear arguments on January 25, 2024, in Santa Barbara, California, regarding the multidistrict litigation for Suboxone.

November 30, 2023: JPML Petition Filed

A petition has been submitted to the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to consolidate all Suboxone lawsuits filed in Federal Court into multidistrict litigation (MDL). The United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio being is the likely choice for the jurisdiction of the upcoming Suboxone tooth decay lawsuits MDL due to the majority of lawsuits filed there.

November 1, 2023: 14 New Suboxone Tooth Decay Lawsuits

Fourteen new Suboxone lawsuits have been filed against Indivior in federal courts over the past ten days. It is anticipated that more lawsuits will emerge in the coming months.

October 30, 2023: Suboxone Manufacturer Exposed

The manufacturer, Indivior, faces numerous legal challenges, including an illegal kickback scheme and false marketing claims, and is now confronting a potential class action lawsuit over dental problems associated with Suboxone. While Indivior denies wrongdoing, the company is set to battle on multiple legal fronts, including antitrust litigation related to their product’s marketing.

September 28, 2023: First Suboxone Tooth Decay Lawsuit

A Suboxone lawsuit against the manufacturer Invidior Inc. in the Northern District of Ohio was filed, claiming that the sublingual film form of Suboxone caused permanent tooth decay and resulted in significant expenses for dental care from multiple medical providers. This marked the beginning of a potential litigation storm where plaintiff lawyers argued that Invidior rushed the sublingual film version to market to evade generic competition amid concerns about the expiration of their patent on Suboxone tablets.

January 12, 2022: FDA Warning

The FDA officially acknowledged that drugs like Suboxone might lead to tooth decay, prompting the addition of new warning labels due to numerous reports of dental damage, such as broken teeth, severe decay, and gum infections, and an increasing number of cases highlighting the connection between Suboxone (sublingual form) and tooth decay, among other dental health issues.

Suboxone Lawsuit Settlements

As of 2024, at least 15 different Suboxone lawsuits have been file. None have yet been settled, but a request has been placed to combine the cases into multi-district litigation based in Ohio, where most of the cases thus far have been filed.

Suboxone Lawsuits Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations for the Suboxone tooth decay lawsuit varies based on your state and the details of your case. The statute of limitations for product liability cases varies by state but generally lasts two to six years. Whether a lawyer can still file a lawsuit for you depends on your unique circumstances, such as if your dental injuries recently appeared. It’s important to know that in many states, time is of the essence because Indivior added a warning to Suboxone films about two years ago, in January 2022.

Compensation for Suboxone Tooth Decay Lawsuits

Individuals experiencing tooth decay or other dental issues due to Suboxone may have the opportunity to receive compensation. The amount varies based on the severity of dental damage and the case’s specifics. Compensation for Suboxone-related tooth problems may cover the following:

Do I Have a Suboxone Case?

To pursue a lawsuit related to Suboxone tooth decay and dental problems, individuals must have been using Suboxone for at least six months, have been receiving regular dental care prior to using Suboxone, have had no prior usage of methamphetamines or related convictions, and must have been diagnosed with one of the following dental injuries:

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