Side effects of the chemotherapy drug Tasigna (generic: nilotinib) may include coronary artery disease (CAD) and atherosclerosis, a hardening/narrowing of the arteries which restricts blood flow, increasing the risk for heart failure, limb amputations and even death.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by Tasigna, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
What is Tasigna?
Tasigna is used to treat a type of blood cancer known as Philadelphia chromosome positive chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). The drug works by interfering with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body. Tasigna is manufactured by Novartis AG, and was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in October 2007.
What’s the Problem?
Within 5 years of Tasigna entering the U.S. market, researchers began noting higher than expected number of reports of peripheral arterial diseases (PAD) in cancer patients treated with the drug. These statistics were also observed in a 2013 clinical trial which found similarly higher rates of PAD among Tasigna users.
Tasigna Side Effects
Serious side effects of Tasigna include:
- Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
- Coronary artery disease (CAD)
- Carotid artery disease
- Hardening / narrowing of the peripheral arteries
- Heart attack
- Other arterial diseases
- Limb amputations
- Blood disorders
- Blood clots
- And more
Less severe side effects:
- Skin rash
- Muscle weakness
- Temporary hair loss
- General tired feeling (malaise)
- Cold symptoms
Wrongful Death Lawsuit
In March 2016, California resident Kristi Lauris filed the first wrongful death Tasigna lawsuit against Novartis on behalf of her father, Dainis, who she claims died from a massive stroke after switching from Gleevec to Tasigna. Considering the large number of people who are prescribed chemo meds like Tasigna each year in the U.S., it’s a safe bet there will be more than a few similar claims to be filed in the coming weeks and months.
- Chest pain or angina
- Pain in the leg, arm, or anywhere else that has a blocked artery
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle weakness in the legs
Have There Been Any Settlements?
Novartis in 2015 agreed to pay a $390 million settlement to the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve a civil fraud lawsuit which claimed the company paid kickbacks to specialty pharmacies in exchange for promoting two drugs, including Tasigna. As stipulated in the agreement, Novartis was allowed to admit no wrongdoing in regards to the charges.
Is There a Class Action?
No class action lawsuit has been filed to date in the Tasigna litigation. However, that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck if you’ve been injured. Our lawyers are now filing individual lawsuits on behalf of injured parties and/or their loved ones. Contact our lawyers today to learn more about your legal rights.
Do I have a Tasigna Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Tasigna lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new astherolersosis cases in all 50 states.
Again, if you were injured by the side effects of Tasigna, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.