The Health Sciences Authority of Singapore (HSA) and testing laboratory Valisure have detected the presence of the probable carcinogen N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in medications containing the type-2 diabetes drug metformin. These discoveries come hot on the heels of NDMA contamination discoveries regarding the drugs Zantac and Valsartan. Call us today at 1-800-718-4658 for a free consultation if you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer after taking metformin. There is no upfront cost and we will never charge you any money out of your own pocket.
NDMA is classified as a probable carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Rats are literally given NDMA by scientists for the purpose of giving the rats cancer which the scientists can then study.
HSA announced on December 4, 2019 that they discovered levels of NDMA in three medications containing metformin which were above the internationally accepted level of NDMA. This prompted testing laboratory Valisure to test 38 batches of metformin for NDMA contamination. Valisure discovered that 16 of the batches contained more than the 96 nanogram daily acceptable intake limit, and that several of the batches contained over 10 times that amount. This led Valisure to send a citizen petition to the FDA urging them to recall the contaminated batches.
Numerous medications containing metformin have since been recalled due to NDMA contamination. Click here for a complete list of medications containing metformin recalled in the United States.
Metformin Manufacturer Liability
The theory of strict liability means that those who make products can be held liable for lawsuit damages in California. Compensation can be recovered by lawyers for damages caused by products without adequate warnings and defectively designed products.
California law treats pharmaceutical manufacturers slightly differently though in terms of product liability laws. Drugs must be improperly made or manufacturers must fail to warn consumers about side effects when they’re aware of them for strict liability to apply to pharmaceutical manufacturers in California.
Metformin manufacturers have known of the possibility of NDMA contamination since HSA’s December 2019 announcement, yet have not warned consumers about possible NDMA contamination since that announcement. This means metformin manufacturers may be able to be held liable for failure to warn consumers about the cancer risk of their drugs.
It is thought that previous cases of NDMA contamination of valsartan may have been caused by Indian and Chinese manufacturers altering their valsartan manufacturing processes. This means that metformin batches contaminated with NDMA may be contaminated due to improperly made medication, which metformin manufacturers may be able to be held liable for.
Metformin Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations for dangerous drug cases in California is two years. Consumers have two years from the date they knew their injuries were caused by a dangerous drug to file a lawsuit regarding that drug. This means that if you took a medication in 2016 and received a cancer diagnosis in 2019, you would have until 2021 to file a lawsuit since you only became aware that the drug caused your cancer in 2019.
There are some limited exceptions and it is best to contact an attorney handling Metformin Lawsuit claims at Nadrich & Cohen to discuss the specifics of your case. You can do so by calling 1-800-718-4658 for a free, confidential consultation
Metformin Lawyers In California
The dangerous drug specialists at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP have been representing dangerous drug clients since 1990. Dangerous drug recoveries they’ve made on behalf of clients in that time include recoveries of $14,250,000, $5,000,000 and $1,250,000. In addition, Nadrich & Cohen already has extensive experience specifically representing clients who have been diagnosed with cancer after taking drugs contaminated with NDMA, including Zantac and valsartan. This extensive, extremely relevant experience means that Nadrich & Cohen can obtain you the largest possible recovery for your metformin damages.
Nadrich & Cohen, LLP is a contingency fee law firm. What this means is that our clients are only charged a percentage of their recovery, and only if a recovery is obtained for them. This means that our services are essentially free. Call us today at 1-800-718-4658 for a free consultation if you or a loved one took metformin and was later diagnosed with cancer. You can also fill out the “Do I Have A Claim?” form on the right, or chat with one of our live chat specialists.