Tasigna Lawsuit Lawyer Washington, DC
If you are in the awful situation of having a chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) diagnosis and then one of the medications your doctor prescribes for you to try to fight this causes you more health problems, it may be in your best interest to discuss your situation with a Tasigna lawsuit lawyer in Washington, DC.
Reason for Tasigna Lawsuits
Tasigna (generic name, nilotinib) is used to treat CML (chronic myelogenous leukemia). CML is a cancer that affects blood cells and bone marrow. Tasigna works by slowly stopping the growth of cancer cells.
Unfortunately, a very serious side effect of taking Tasigna is an increased risk of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is caused by a buildup of fats and cholesterol on the artery walls. This buildup, commonly referred to as “plaque(s)” cause the arteries to become thickened and hardened and to restrict blood flow. This, in turn, can cause high blood pressure, artery disease, artery problems, chest pain, muscle weakness, kidney problems, and other serious health issues.
If you have taken Tasigna and then suffered one or more of the serious side effects it can cause, a Tasigna lawsuit lawyer from Washington, DC may be able to help you to get compensation for expenses related to your health problems that have been caused by taking this potentially harmful drug.
Serious Side Effects of Tasigna
Most medications come with at least some small amount of risk of anywhere from minor to serious side effects. Medications that are sold in the U.S. are supposed to come with adequate warnings of their side effects. Tasigna’s manufacturers warned doctors and consumers about many of the medications side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, fatigue, joint pain, night sweats, and fever- but the very serious side effect of atherosclerosis is not listed on U.S. labels (as of February 2018) even though in the clinical trial used for Tasigna’s 2010 approval, high cholesterol, was commonly reported.
If you or someone you love has suffered from any of Tasigna’s serious side effects, a Washington, DC Tasigna lawsuit lawyer may be able to help you.
Numerous studies that link Tasigna to atherosclerosis have come out since 2011. Patients who have taken Tasigna may be at risk for one or more of the following serious side effects:
- Carotid artery stenosis (narrowing and hardening of the carotid artery in the neck)
- Coronary artery disease
- Coronary artery stenosis (narrowing and hardening of the arteries that carry blood from the heart)
- Femoral artery stenosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries in the upper thigh)
- Heart attack
- Peripheral artery disease
If you or someone you love has suffered any of the above serious side effects of taking Tasigna, or one not mentioned here, the sooner you contact a good Washington, DC Tasigna lawsuit lawyer, the sooner they may be able to start protecting your rights.
Tasigna’s manufacturer, Novartis, settled with the federal government and more than 40 states for $390 million for illegal kickbacks. It was charged in a False Claims Act lawsuit with paying specialty pharmacies illegal kickbacks in exchange for inducing patients to refill certain medications. There have been many subsequent lawsuits filed by Tasigna victims and their families.
If you are one of the very unfortunate victims of Tasigna’s harmful side effects, or if you are a family member of someone who has suffered because of taking Tasigna, a good personal injury lawyer that is experienced with successfully defending the rights of Tasigna victims and their families, may be able to help you.