Tasigna Lawsuits in 2018 – Filing In Progress

Drug Injury

Atherosclerosis is a technical medical term which refers to the narrowing of arteries due to the deposition of organic debris such as cholesterol. This can cause a heart attack, stroke or internal bleeding if not caught in a timely manner. It is thought to occur due to poor lifestyle choices such as poor food choices leading to obesity and lack of physical activity. However, a relatively new cancer drug has now been shown to cause this often fatal condition in a number of ways we’ll take a look at shortly.

Did you or a loved one take Tasigna and then went on to suffer the after-effects of atherosclerosis? It has now come to light that Novartis, the makers of this drug, were aware of the artery damaging effects of this medication, yet failed to warn individuals like you, doctors as well as insurance companies. This is illegal and opens the company up to litigation via product liability statutes. If you’ve been hurt by Tasigna, you may be able to collect compensation. Please give us a call NOW at 1 (773) 825-3547 for more information on your legal options for compensation.

Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia – What Sets It Off?

Chronic myelogenous leukemia is a term used to refer to blood cancer. This type of cancer is usually due to a genetic error brought on by the interchange of certain genes during gene transcription, caused by the Philadelphia chromosome. Individuals who have this chromosome usually carry mutated genes which set the stage for the proliferation of errant white blood cells from malfunctioning stem cells. White blood cells usually protect the body from invaders such as bacteria, viruses and parasites, but when they are defective on account of chromosomal abnormalities, they may go rogue and attack the body’s red blood cells and other blood components indiscriminately.

How Does Tasigna Work?

Tasigna is part of a class of medications known as tyrosine kinase inhibitors which work by stopping the production of a protein which activates tyrosine kinase, which in turn slows down cancer cell growth. Once these abnormal cells are slowed down, they autodestruct and die, leading to remission.

Tasigna Approved By the FDA

Tasigna was first approved by the FDA in 2007 to treat individuals who have chronic myeloid leukemia and present with a positive result when it comes to the Philadelphia chromosome. Tasigna was ostensibly developed to replace a former Novartis drug with the same mechanism of action called Gleevec, and it was marketed as a CML treatment modality right after Gleevec’s patent ran out.

In addition, Tasigna received approval for the treatment of individuals who were suffering from chronic CML in 2010 after a hurried and, some would say, poorly conducted clinical trial that involved 846 individuals.

Tasigna Side Effects

Tasigna, while effective, has some unacceptable side effects. First off, individuals taking Tasigna will experience nausea, fatigue, constipation, joint pain, night sweats, diarrhea and fever, before noticing warning signs which point to blood vessel weakness.

Patients taking Tasigna should watch out for the following:

  • Angina or chest pain
  • Kidney pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling of warmth in limbs or chest
  • High blood pressure
  • Leg muscle weakness

Tasigna Atherosclerosis – How It Happens

All these symptoms usually point to peripheral artery disease, which precedes atherosclerosis. In this condition, plaque builds up in arteries, causing vessel narrowing and stiffness, which in turn makes the heart work unusually hard to pump blood to other areas of the body that need it. The gunk that fills up your vessels while taking Tasigna is cholesterol, and it usually happens insidiously, with people noticing when it is too late, after they have had a heart attack or stroke.

Once sufficient amounts of cholesterol plaque have built up, some of it will break loose, form a clot and travel up to the heart or lungs, resulting in a heart attack or pulmonary embolism, two medical events which have been known to be fatal. A study which came out in 2011 showed a clear and unassailable link between Tasigna use and hypercholesterolemia, or high cholesterol. Patients who develop this life-threatening condition usually tend to become angioplasty candidates within a few months of commencing Tasigna use, and may suffer a repeat of the same even after they stop taking Tasigna.

Here are other similar complications associated with Tasigna:

  • Pancreatitis
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Femoral artery stenosis
  • Carotid artery stenosis
  • Coronary artery stenosis

Tasigna Lawsuit Settlement – Novartis Hit by Astronomical Fines

Novartis paid $390 million to the FDA as part of a settlement in 2015 when it was accused of paying certain pharmacies in numerous states to get these medical dispensaries to refill medications from their company. In addition, a Qui Tam or False Claims Act lawsuit was filed in the Southern District of New York by the state’s U.S. Attorney after it was revealed that the company paid kickbacks to pharmacies for recommending Tasigna to patients and doctors, an illegal act in and of itself.

Tasigna Class Action Lawsuit – Get Legal Help Today!

Novartis failed in its duty to warn you, the patient, of the adverse side-effects associated with Tasigna. To this end, you may be able to file a Tasigna lawsuit in order to recover money damages that will help take care of your present and future medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, lost wages and so much more. If you’ve been hurt by Tasigna, don’t wait: call our Tasigna lawyer NOW at 1 (773) 825-3547 for your free and no-commitment consultation. Tasigna lawsuits are currently gaining ground and may be consolidated into multidistrict litigation cases, so the time to act is NOW. Call 1 (773) 825-3547 and speak with our friendly and experienced attorneys at no cost to learn more about the filing process. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.