Metformin Lawsuit Attorneys
Am I entitled to compensation after taking Metformin?
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced laboratory testing had detected unacceptably high levels of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in several lots of metformin extended-release (ER) formula products.
NDMA has been linked to multiple cancers in humans, and the FDA has recommended a voluntary partial recall of certain metformin products to five manufacturers: Amneal Pharmaceuticals Inc., Actavis Pharma Inc., Apotex Corp., Lupin Pharma, and Marksans Pharma Ltd.
If you or a loved one used metformin ER and has since been diagnosed with cancer, please contact us immediately. One or more of these companies may owe you compensation.
Victims may be entitled to compensation for damages in the form of:
- pain and suffering
- lost wages
- medical costs
- disability or permanent injury
- wrongful death
The Board Certified Civil Trial Attorneys at Parafinczuk Wolf Susen have secured millions in compensation on behalf of clients. There is never a fee unless we recover for you.
What is Metformin?
Metformin is an oral medicine prescribed to adults and children over 10. It is marketed under the brand names Fortamet, Glucophage, Glumetza and Riomet. It is also available generically as Metformin Hydrochloride.
Approved for sale in 1994, it became one of the most widely-used drug treatments for controlling blood sugar in Type 2 diabetics. In addition, metformin has also been prescribed to treat gestational diabetes, treat/prevent polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and manage weight gain caused by antipsychotics.
In 2017 alone, medical professionals wrote over 78 million prescriptions for the drug nationwide. Since then however, regulatory commissions in Canada, the European Union, and the United States have responded to international complaints of metformin ER containing dangerous levels of NDMA.
What is NDMA?
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, NDMA is “a semi-volatile organic chemical that forms in both industrial and natural processes” that can be unintentionally produced through certain chemical reactions.
NDMA can form in air, water, soil, and other environments where alkalymines with nitrogen oxides, nitrous acid, or nitrate salts are present. As of 1987, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies NDMA as a probable carcinogen, meaning it very likely causes cancer and should be treated as if it does.
Specifically, NDMA is linked to liver cancer. Other nitrosamines are linked to “tumors in a variety of human organs, including the tongue, esophagus, lung, pancreas, liver, kidney, and bladder”.
What has the FDA Done?
In previous tests, the agency did not detect dangerous levels of NDMA in their metformin ER samples. More recently, however, an online pharmacy company that tests every batch of drugs it sells discovered 16 batches of metformin ER products containing NDMA well beyond the limit of what the FDA deems acceptable for daily human consumption.
In response, the FDA released a statement requesting manufacturers recall their metformin ER products and that they test any and all future batches before releasing them to the market. This same statement declared the agency’s investigation to be ongoing and that it "will communicate as new scientific information becomes available and will take further action, if appropriate.”
Please Note: The FDA strongly recommends to always consult your physician before discontinuing use of a prescribed medication.
What Have Metformin Manufacturers Done?
While Amneal Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Apotex Corp. have issued recalls, some metformin ER manufacturers have issued no immediate public response to claims of tainted medicine from around the world.
These companies have now been subject to a recommendation from the FDA as well as reports from multiple private and independent companies that their contaminated medication may be directly linked to certain cancers, including (but not limited to):
- Liver cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Intestinal cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Colon cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Bladder cancer
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