According to a news report posted on USAToday.com, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking a closer look at the presence of nitrosamines, a cancer-causing chemical, in medications. Nitrosamines are known to be present in various sources, including cured and grilled meats, vegetables, dairy products, and water. Although nearly everyone is exposed to trace amounts of nitrosamines, studies suggest that extended exposure to these contaminants may increase the risk of cancer.
Since 2018, over 12 million bottles of drugs that lower blood pressure, such as valsartan and losartan, have been recalled due to the presence of nitrosamines. Recalls of the heartburn medication Zantac, the diabetes medication metformin, and the smoking cessation drug Chantix have also been initiated because of the same family of contaminants. In response to the flurry of recalls, the FDA has asked pharmaceutical companies to evaluate all products for nitrosamine risk. Companies that identify any potential risks must perform follow-up testing, report any changes, and take action by October.
The FDA has declared that the risk of nitrosamines in drugs is small, with acceptable limits set for six types of hazardous contaminants. However, lawyers have filed thousands of lawsuits against drug manufacturers on behalf of individuals who claim they have been harmed. Over 1,000 claims against valsartan manufacturers are pending in federal court.
Independent experts suggest that the recent recalls are partly a result of a system that prioritizes inexpensive manufacturing over drug quality. The generic drug industry is responsible for producing around 90% of prescription drugs in the US, and they have pushed back against the FDA’s required comprehensive review, claiming it would be a massive undertaking and would divert too many resources, and could exacerbate drug shortages. The industry group, the Association for Accessible Medicines, wants to conduct a more thorough “risk-based” review to look for the source of such impurities across all aspects of drug manufacturing.
Click here to view a complete FDA list of recalled medications.
How to Obtain Compensation is a Defective Drug Lawsuit
If you have suffered harm due to a defective drug, you may be entitled to compensation through a defective drug lawsuit. To obtain compensation, you will need to take the following steps:
- Speak with our attorneys: The first step in pursuing a defective drug lawsuit is to consult with one of our attorneys. An experienced attorney from our law firm will help you determine whether you have a case and what your legal options are.
- Collect vital evidence: Your attorney will work with you to gather evidence that supports your claim. This may include medical records, prescription records, and other documentation related to your use of the drug and the harm you suffered.
- File a product liability lawsuit: Once you and your attorney have gathered the necessary evidence, you will file a lawsuit against the drug manufacturer or other parties responsible for your harm. Your attorney will handle the legal aspects of the case and keep you informed of its progress.
- Attend court proceedings: You may be required to attend court proceedings related to your case, including depositions, hearings, and a trial if your case goes to court.
- Negotiate a settlement: In many cases, the drug manufacturer or other responsible parties will offer a settlement to avoid going to trial. Your attorney will help you negotiate a fair settlement that compensates you for your harm.
- Receive compensation: If you are successful in your lawsuit, you will receive compensation for your harm, which may include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
It is important to note that defective drug lawsuits can be complex and time-consuming. It is essential to work with an experienced attorney who can guide you through the process and ensure that your legal rights are protected.
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If you or a loved one has suffered harm due to a defective drug, it is essential to take action and protect your legal rights. At Parker Waichman LLP, we have years of experience in handling defective drug cases and helping our clients obtain the compensation they deserve.
Time is limited by law to file your compensation claim. Call us today to learn more about your legal options and how we can help you pursue a defective drug lawsuit. Our attorneys are here to provide the guidance and support you need during this challenging time.
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