Metformin Lawsuit Attorneys in Philadelphia
Protecting the Rights of Consumers
On May 28, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall on products containing metformin hydrochloride, or Metformin, a drug typically prescribed to patients with Type 2 diabetes, after it was connected to high levels of NDMA, a probably human carcinogen. Though Metformin has been approved as a safe drug since 1994, recent tests have shown that there are levels of NDMA that exceed the amount allowed by the FDA. If you or someone you love has developed cancer after using Metformin, call Kwartler Manus, LLC. Our Philadelphia Metformin lawsuit attorneys have years of experience in mass torts and helping clients who have been wronged by defective drugs. When you take a drug that has been approved by the FDA, you assume it’s safe. You shouldn’t have to suffer when a pharmaceutical company violates their obligation to produce safe products.
What is Metformin?
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic medical condition that causes glucose level buildup as a result of the body’s inability to correctly respond to insulin. Metformin is prescribed as a treatment because it works to manage blood glucose levels, and is considered the front-line treatment for adults and children over 10 who have diabetes. The drug can also be used to treat gestational diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and antipsychotic-induced weight gain.
Initially approved under the brand name Glucophage, the drug is sold under several brand names, including:
- Glucophage XR
What is NDMA?
Known by its chemical name, n-nitrosodimethylamine, NDMA is a known animal carcinogen and probable human carcinogen that can form naturally or unintentionally through industrial processes. NDMA is classified as a B2 carcinogen, which means there’s not enough human data to conclude it’s a definite carcinogen, but there’s enough animal data to confirm that it’s a probable carcinogen.
Recently, high levels of NDMA were also found in ranitidine, the active ingredient in the popular heartburn medication known as Zantac.
Types of Cancer Linked to NDMA
Exposure to NDMA at levels considered beyond the daily acceptable intake limit is linked to various cancers.
You may be able to file a lawsuit if you’ve developed any of the following cancers after using Metformin:
- Bladder cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Intestinal cancer (both large and small intestine)
- Colon cancer
- Liver cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Esophageal cancer
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
Even if you haven’t been diagnosed yet, if you’ve been taking Metformin you may want to be aware of symptoms of illness. If you feel ill or have developed certain bowel or urinary habits, you may want to seek immediate medical attention to assess if you have cancer.
Symptoms that you should consider to be warning signs include:
- Dizziness or nausea
- Abdominal cramps
- Bloody stools
How We Can Help
Though FDA has notified five pharmaceutical firms about the recall, including Actavis Pharma Inc., Amneal Pharmaceuticals, LLC, Apotex Corp., Lupin Pharma, and Marksans Pharma Ltd., affected individuals may still file a lawsuit.
Our attorneys have successfully handled numerous pharmaceutical claims and ongoing cases that include Essure, Nexium, Invokana, and IVC filters. We can guide you through the complicated process and secure the compensation you deserve to pay for damages resulting from your cancer, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Our team isn’t afraid to go up against large and powerful pharmaceutical companies. Call our Metformin lawsuit attorneys in Philadelphia today at (267) 214-8608.
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