Before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordered drug makers to pull Metformin off the shelves, it was used by and prescribed to millions of Americans. The drug Metformin, often prescribed for patients suffering from Diabetes), was once touted as a safe product by doctors.
Within the course of only a few months, it became the subject of concern because it contains dangerous levels of a known carcinogen. The cancer-causing toxic chemical called N-nitroso dimethylamine (NDMA) was found to be linked to Zantac and Metformin. This could make users more susceptible to cancer.
What is NDMA?
NDMA is a carcinogenic chemical that can unintentionally form during natural or industrial processes. NDMA was previously utilized in making Rocket fuel and has been banned by the FDA and European Union from any human drug consumption. Please see updated information about the dangers of NDMA in Metformin in U.K. August 25, 2021: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-9925963/Health-chiefs-recall-batch-diabetes-medicine-Metformin-cancer-causing-chemical-find.html
NDMA Product Recalls
Concerns about the dangers of NDMA led to several product recalls since 2020. The latest recall surrounding NDMA includes metformin, a diabetes medicine used to control blood sugar levels in type 2 Diabetes patients.
The recall was sparked by the drug’s potentially unacceptable levels of NDMA. Patients who are currently taking metformin are advised to continue taking the drug until a safer alternative has been introduced.
What Are My Legal Options if I Believe I Suffer From Cancer Due to the Use of a Product With NDMA?
Drugs and over-the-counter medications capable of producing dangerous levels of NDMA have been used by millions of people for several years. Only in recent years has the danger of NDMA become widely known.
Have you or a loved one suffered from any type of cancer? Do you think it was a result of using a prescription drug or over-the-counter medication containing the active compounds of NDMA? If so, it is important that you speak to an experienced Texas personal injury lawyer. They can go over the legal options available to you.
The attorneys at McKay Law handle a wide range of cases involving dangerous drugs and medical devices. To schedule your free and confidential case evaluation, submit your case and one of our attorneys will get back to you, or call (903) 999-2653.
Metformin Can Have Dangerous Side Effects
Taking metformin might cause cancer. It also can have other dangerous side effects. Some side effects of metformin include:
- Muscle cramps
- Back pain
- Shallow breathing
- Abdominal pain
- Side pain
- Lactic acidosis
- Slurred speech
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
Drugmakers have a duty to warn patients and doctors of the side effects that might come with taking their medications. In the case of metformin, there is no warning that it might cause cancer. The makers of the drug might be liable to people who took it and developed cancer.
Call Our Metformin Lawyers at McKay Law, for Information About Your Legal Rights
If you took metformin and were diagnosed with cancer, there might be a link between the two. Our lawyers are investigating this link to help individuals like you enforce their legal rights. Call McKay Law, today to find out if you are eligible to seek compensation.