DEFECTIVE MEDICAL DEVICES & PHARMACEUTICAL INJURIES
MEDICAL DEVICE & PHARMACEUTICAL INJURY
The FDA has ordered several drug makers to recall Metformin, a prescription oral medication used to control high blood sugar in patients with type-2 diabetes, due to a NDMA contaminate that has been linked to cancer.
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What is Metformin?
Metformin is a prescription drug used either alone or in conjunction with other drugs to treat Type 2 diabetes. It is available in a generic form and under several brands, both by itself and in combination with other drugs. The most commonly reported side effects of Metformin are diarrhea, flatulence, and nausea.
Is Metformin Safe?
Although Metformin does come with side effects, most scientific researchers agree that the diabetes drug, Metformin, does have a good safety profile.
If you have severe renal impairment, a known hypersensitivity or have diabetic ketoacidosis, you should avoid taking Metformin.
Does Metformin Have a Black Box Warning?
Metformin does have a black box warning for lactic acidosis. This is a condition where too much lactic acid builds up in your blood. This is a serious side effect that can lead to death if untreated.
Certain patients may be at a greater risk for dangerous side effects while taking metformin. Older adults over 65 should consult with their doctor, as they may be at a greater risk for lactic acidosis.
Also, heavy drinkers should also be advised that drinking while taking metformin can increase the risk of lactic acidosis.
While taking metformin, patients need to make sure they do not miss any appointments to check blood. If you are having surgery or any medical procedure, especially procedures using contrast dye, you may need to stop taking metformin, waiting at least 2 days before starting treatment again.
In June 2020, the FDA announced that 5 drug-makers had issued voluntary recalls for extended release metformin drugs because of suspected NDMA contamination. These include:
Since the original recall, several other companies have recalled lots of extended release metformin.
As of 2021, all recalls have been for the extended release versions of metformin. The regular metformin has not been affected.
The FDA does not recommend that patients stop taking recalled mediations, including metformin, until his or her doctor can provide them with a suitable replacement.
FDA Investigation into Metformin
The FDA continues to look into Metformin, but they do not believe that the active ingredient in the drug is responsible for causing NDMA formation. Therefore, the FDA hasn’t required all manufacturers to issue recalls.
However, in contrast, previously, the FDA told manufacturers to withdraw all Zantac, or ranitidine, products after the agency found the NDMA levels in the drug could increase over time or after being exposed to heat above room temperature.
Now, hundreds of people are pursuing action against Zantac after receiving a cancer diagnosis.
If you have taken Metformin and developed cancer, you may be entitled to compensation trough a Metformin lawsuit.
Zantac was recalled because of NDMA contamination. However, several extended release versions of Metformin have shown NDMA contamination.
Were You Diagnosed With Cancer After Taking Metformin?
Patients injured by Metformin may be able to obtain compensation to pay for medical care, therapy, pain and suffering, lost work time and productivity and other damages. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Reich & Binstock can provide a free, confidential consultation to help you understand your options and protect your rights. Please call us today at 713-622-7271.
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