Cancer Drug Alert – Dangers of Tasigna
July 5, 2018 | Pharmaceutical Litigation
Tasigna (nilotinib) is a cancer medicine that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body. Tasigna is used to treat a type of blood cancer called Philadelphia chromosome positive chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Tasigna is usually given after other medications have been tried without success.
How is Tasigna Given?:
- Tasigna is a pill, taken by mouth, once or twice daily.
- Tasigna must be taken on an empty stomach:
- Avoid food at least 2 hours before the dose is taken
- Avoid food for 1 hour after the dose is taken
- Avoid grapefruit or grapefruit juice while taking this medication.
- The amount of Tasigna that you will receive depends on many factors, including your general health or other health problems, and the type of cancer or condition you have. Your doctor will determine your exact Tasigna dosage and schedule.
Tasigna Lawsuit in the News
“In the latest lawsuit, a Washington man represented by a New York-based law firm, said the patient had been taking another Novartis medicine, Gleevec, to treat his chronic myeloid leukemia. However, the patient’s oncologist switched him to Tasigna despite his leukemia being in remission. After the medication was switched the patient, 66, suffered from a stroke, according to a statement from the law firm. The patient had no history of atherosclerosis-related conditions. The lawsuit alleges that the Novartis medication “caused him to develop rapidly progressing atherosclerosis in his carotid arteries.” (BioSpace).
Official Warning for Tasigna Side Effects
You should not use Tasigna if you are allergic to nilotinib, or if you have:
- low blood levels of potassium or magnesium; or
- a heart rhythm disorder called long QT syndrome.
To make sure Tasigna is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- heart disease, heartbeat problems, or long QT syndrome (in you or a family member);
- a stroke;
- unusual bleeding;
- low blood levels of potassium or magnesium;
- severe problems with lactose (milk sugar);
- liver disease;
- pancreatitis; or
- surgical removal of your stomach (total gastrectomy).
Do not use Tasigna if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control to prevent pregnancy while you are taking this medicine. It is not known whether nilotinib passes into breast milk or if it could affect a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are taking Tasigna.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
One of the biggest areas of medical malpractice lawsuits has to do with pharmaceutical drugs and risks, injuries, and damages done after their use. We have helped many individuals with their pharmaceutical litigation cases and we can do the same for you. Our team has experienced working with many lawsuits involving dangerous medications, including Tasigna lawsuits and they include the following types of cases:
- Ignored Dangers and Risks of Some Medications
- Suppressed Results From Tests and Surveys
- Downplayed Side Effects of Dangerous Medication
- Turning a Blind Eye to Known Problems
- Negligence in Manufacturing of Medication
- Willful Spread of Misinformation and Data
- Incorrect Prescriptions and Dosage Information
- Not Following Up With Necessary Testing and Monitoring
Medical malpractice is “improper, unskilled, or negligent treatment of a patient by a physician, dentist, nurse, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional.” In 2012, medical malpractice payouts totaled more than $3 billion (averaging one payout every 43 minutes). The effects of malpractice on patients, whether or not they are actually involved in a legal suit, can be substantial. News or rumors of malpractice for a medical practice or hospital can be a turnoff for potential patients, making them reluctant to seek help. Concerns regarding negligence can make patients nervous and impede a trustworthy and open interaction — the cornerstone of doctor-patient relationships
Source: (Texas A&M).
These are just some of the types of medical litigation cases we have worked on and there are many other examples and cases that you may find yourselves involved in. If you or a loved one have been injured in some way because of a medication you were prescribed you may have grounds for a medical malpractice case. Contact our team and let us review your case for free and advise you on how to proceed with your case and your search for compensation.
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