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Tasigna Lawsuits

Tasigna, also known as nilotinib, is an FDA approved chemotherapy drug used to treat patients with Philadelphia chromosome positive chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). CML is a form of blood cancer that can be difficult to treat. However, recent studies have shown that patients taking Tasigna are at serious risk of developing debilitating side effects such as:

  • Atherosclerosis (thickening & hardening of the arteries);
  • Peripheral Artery Disease (hardening & narrowing of the arteries);
  • Femoral, Carotid, and Coronary Artery Disease;
  • Limb amputation;
  • Heart attack;
  • Stroke

Tasigna Lawyers are Ready to Help

Contact our Tasigna Lawyers to review whether you or a family member may be entitled to financial compensation. Levy Konigsberg LLP is currently accepting Tasigna cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one has suffered one or more of these complications, you may be entitled to a cash award and compensation for medical expenses. For a free confidential consultation with Tasigna Lawyers at our law firm, please call (800) 315-3806 or submit an email inquiry.

What is Tasigna?

Tasigna is prescribed to patients with CML to slow or prevent the growth of cancerous cells. Tasigna is part of a group of drugs called tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). Tyrosine kinases are types of proteins that promote cell cancer growth. Tasigna impedes the growth of these proteins, which then prevents the leukemia cells from spreading. Tasigna is typically prescribed to patients who have had limited success in treating their cancer with other medications.

What is Happening with Tasigna?

A number of studies have linked Tasigna with serious conditions, including atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular issues that could result in amputation, stroke and even death. Atherosclerosis is a life-threatening condition in which plaque develops in the arteries and restricts the flow of blood to other areas of the body, leading to peripheral artery disease. Peripheral artery disease causes permanent lack of blood circulation, which could result in amputations or death.

In 2011, researchers found that 25% of patients taking Tasigna reported vascular issues, indicating an association between Tasigna and atherosclerosis. In 2013, a public announcement by Novartis, the Swiss drug company that manufactures Tasigna, and Health Canada cautioned that atherosclerosis was detected in clinical trials. The communication reported 277 cases of atherosclerosis between 2005 and 2013 globally. While warnings about this link were included in reference documents in Canada, the FDA did not release a formal warning of the drug’s side effects in the United States.

http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2013/26659a-eng.php

Tasigna Side Effects and Complications

Common side effects of Tasigna include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Low blood cell count
  • Upper respiratory infection
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

Serious side effects of Tasigna include:

  • Unusual bleeding
  • Bleeding in the brain
  • Liver and pancreas pain and dysfunction
  • Decreased blood flow to various body parts, including the legs and heart
  • Rapid heartbeat or dizziness
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries leading to peripheral artery disease
  • Femoral, carotid, and coronary artery disease
  • Amputation

Tasigna Lawyers are Ready to Help

Contact our Tasigna Lawyers to review whether you or a family member may be entitled to financial compensation. Levy Konigsberg LLP is currently accepting Tasigna cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one has suffered one or more of these complications, you may be entitled to a cash award and compensation for medical expenses. For a free confidential consultation with Tasigna Lawyers at our law firm, please call (800) 315-3806or submit an email inquiry.

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