Tasigna Cancer Medication Lawsuit
If you or a loved one has leukemia and has used the drug Tasigna, also called nilotinib, and experienced adverse side effects, you may be entitled to compensation. Tasigna is associated with coronary artery disease, or atherosclerosis, as well as serious vascular side effects and even death.
The negative side effects associated with taking Tasigna have sometimes resulted in life-threatening conditions including kidney issues, heart problems and limb amputation. Alleged victims have filed lawsuits against Tasigna manufacturer Novartis International AG, stating that Novartis did not conduct adequate medical studies or issue a recall for the drug, despite knowing about the risks.
If you or someone in your family has taken Tasigna and experienced any issues similar to these, please contact the Pittman, Dutton & Hellums law firm for a free, no-obligation consultation.
- Tasigna’s potential side effects include atherosclerosis, carotid artery disease, heart attack, stroke, peripheral artery disease, angina, blood disorders, blood clots and more
- In 2015, Novartis agreed to pay more than $390 million to settle fraud allegations which charged the company with paying illegal kickbacks to pharmacies that promoted Tasigna
- In 2016, a wrongful death claim linking Tasigna to arterial disease was filed by the family of a man who died from atherosclerosis
- Patients receiving Tasigna may experience a higher risk of arterial occlusive disease
Tasigna is a blood cancer medicine for patients with Philadelphia chromosome positive chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Tasigna may also be prescribed to cancer patients who are no longer seeing positive results from other treatments. The drug interferes with the growth and spreading of cancer cells, and is in a class of drugs known as tyrosine kinase inhibitors.
According to a clinical trial reported by the National Cancer Institute, Tasigna caused adverse side effects in 98 percent of patients. While the drug’s association with increasing the risk of atherosclerosis was told to patients and doctors in Canada in 2013, the warning was never given to or disseminated by the Federal Food and Drug Administration, doctors or patients in the United States. This factor is often cited in lawsuits against Tasigna.
The risk of developing serious heart problems is increased when Tasigna is used in conjunction with specific other medicines. A history of heart disease, QT syndrome or heartbeat problems in your family history may also exacerbate effects.
What Are the Warning Signs of Atherosclerosis?
Atherosclerosis is a disease that hardens and thickens the arteries, due to a build-up of plaque. Symptoms of atherosclerosis include:
- Angina or chest pain
- Muscle weakness in legs, due to lack of circulation
- Pain in the arm, leg or anywhere else that has a blocked artery
- Shortness of breath
Atherosclerosis can affect arteries in the arms, legs, kidneys, pelvis, heart and brain. Infections caused by the lack of adequate blood circulation due to atherosclerosis can lead to the need for limb amputation.
Other negative side effects that may be caused by Tasigna include:
- Unexplained bleeding or bruising
- QT prolongation, which is a heart problem with symptoms including irregular heartbeat and lightheadedness
- Liver damage
- Bleeding in the brain
If you or a loved one is taking Tasigna, has had heart issues in the past, and is experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is vital to contact a doctor with concerns about your medicine.
Get Help for Problems Associated with Tasigna
When a patient takes medicine, they expect to be in safe care and not to experience new problems due to the medicine they’re taking. You and your loved ones who have taken Tasigna deserve protection and an advocate who will fight for justice. Pittman, Dutton & Hellums is an experienced consumer advocacy law firm that services clients throughout the United States. We can help you obtain peace from an injury or wrongful death in your family.
Losses incurred due to damages caused by using the drug Tasigna include not only medical expenses ranging from hospitalization to treatments for new issues, but also lost wages due to time missed off work, as well as pain and suffering. If someone you loved has died and used Tasigna, compensation details may get more complicated when factoring pain suffered and funeral expenses, which is why a consultation with an attorney is so beneficial.
If there is a problem associated with Tasigna that warrants the filing of a claim, time is limited and depends on when symptoms developed. Ensure your safety and protection by contacting Pittman, Dutton & Hellums immediately to learn your rights and get the help you need in time. Contact our office seven days a week at (205) 322-8880, or contact us online for information regarding a Tasigna lawsuit.
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