Personal Injury Lawyer Richard Console Helping Those Impacted By Popular Diabetes Drug Metformin
Doctors have prescribed Metformin to more than 120 million patients worldwide to manage diabetes and other health conditions. Although the FDA has only approved Metformin for the treatment of type-2 diabetes, the drug is widely used off-label to treat many other conditions — including prediabetes, gestational diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), fertility problems and more.
In June 2020, a recall of the drug was announced by drugmaker Apotex, after finding certain batches containing possible high levels of NDMA, a known animal carcinogen which is also believed to cause cancer in humans. Due to Metformin often being prescribed for off-label use, this means that even a greater number of patients have suffered harm from it.
In May 2020, the FDA identified five pharmaceutical companies that produced batches of Metformin that, according to the agency’s laboratory tests, contained unacceptably high levels of NDMA. The contaminated lots of Metformin that have been recalled are only the extended-release tablets.
As of early June 2020, four of the five pharmaceutical companies that produced contaminated batches of Metformin have initiated recalls of 28 products:
- Apotex, which recalled all lots of its metformin products with the NDC (National Drug Code) identification number 60505-0260-1
- Actavis Generics (part of Teva Pharmaceuticals), which recalled 14 items with various NDC and lot numbers
- Amneal Pharmaceuticals, which recalled all lots of 12 metformin products with various NDC numbers
- Time-Cap Labs, Inc. (part of Marksans Pharma), which recalled just 1 lot of metformin (lot number XP9004)
Metformin, NDMA and Cancer
While NDMA is dangerous and a known animal carcinogen and probable human carcinogen, it is fairly common and can be found in everything from air, soil, water and consumer products like cured meat, tobacco and shampoo, according to Everyday Health. Because exposure to very small amounts of NDMA is unavoidable, the FDA set a maximum “reasonably safe” daily intake of 96 nanograms, the equivalent to one billionth of a gram.
Consuming more than the maximum daily amount could raise your risk for cancer. The FDA released a public statement advising the public, “Although there are no reports of NDMA causing cancer in humans, it is reasonable to expect that exposure to NDMA by eating, drinking or breathing could cause cancer in humans.”
According to online pharmacy Valisure, who conducted independent laboratory testing of Metformin, several of the affected batches of the drug contained more than ten times that amount. The batches that performed the worst testing for NDMA had 16 times the recommended amount.
“Imagine ingesting 16 times what’s recommended as the maximum exposure — on top of whatever environmental or dietary exposures you might have —every single day, for years, decades, or even a lifetime,” stated personal injury attorney, Richard Console.
The cancer-causing impact of NDMA is believed to be cumulative. “It’s easy to see how a patient exposed to the carcinogen through their diabetes medication could continue to unknowingly stack their cancer risk higher as the year’s pass,” empathizes Console.
Over the years, a myriad of laboratory research on animals and human observation studies those who have been exposed to NDMA. Findings have shown that the chemical can cause or contribute to developing several different forms of cancers. Possible overexposure to the powerful carcinogen has been linked to more than a dozen types of cancer, including the following:
- Prostate Cancer
- Lower Esophageal Cancer
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Multiple Myeloma
- Colon Cancer
- Stomach Cancer
- Intestinal Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
What You Should Do
First, call your doctor if you have recently been taking Metformin or if you were prescribed it in the past. Do not stop taking the drug without first speaking to a medical professional, as it could cause side effects. The sooner you reach out to your physician to discuss your risks and options, the better.
Once you have spoken to your doctor, contact an attorney. Because cancer often presents itself without an obvious origin, determining whether it’s likely that NDMA caused you to develop cancer, it may be best to reach out to a Metformin injury lawsuit attorney right away. When working to determine a substantial case, they will explore questions like:
- How long and at what dosage have you been taking Metformin?
- When were you diagnosed with cancer?
- In general, is the type of cancer you developed common or rare? What about for patients in your age group, specifically?
- What risk factors did you already have for cancer you developed?
- What stage was or is your cancer? Has it seemed to progress more quickly than expected?
- Has a doctor suggested there may be a link between the medication you took and your cancer? What might a medical expert think?
Additionally, for those that used Metformin prior to developing cancer and developed a rare cancer for which they didn’t have risk factors, there’s a strong chance that NDMA from diabetes medication could be to blame. Those who believe they may have developed cancer after taking Metformin may be eligible for a mass tort claim, which may make getting the compensation you deserve easier.
“When you are taking a medication that is supposed to help you, it’s hard to accept that it could have caused more harm than good,” says Console. “A lawsuit cannot give you back what you have lost, but personal injury attorneys are there to be your advocate and get the justice and compensation to minimize the overwhelming financial burden of a cancer battle.”
Richard P. Console, Jr. is the founder of Console and Associates, PC. He opened his law firm to serve one vital purpose: to help the victims of accidents and injuries at the time when they need help the most. Mr. Console is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Since 1994, he has represented over 7,000 clients and has achieved a record of success getting clients every dollar of compensation they deserve.
If you or anyone you know has developed cancer following regular use of Metformin, please speak with a Metformin lawsuit attorney right away.
Top Road Trip Destinations in Canada
Did you know that 1.93 million Americans traveled to Canada in 2020? That number was down year-over-year due to COVID-related travel restrictions.
While some Americans visit the Great White North via plane, others prefer road trips. It can be fun to plan an itinerary, book a hotel, pack the luggage, load your family into the car, and head to the border. But if a road trip to Canada is in the plans for you and yours this summer, what Canadian destinations are worth the potentially thousands of miles of driving? Keep reading to learn about the top road trip destinations in Canada.
Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan
Grasslands National Park is one of Canada’s 44 national parks and park reserves. Whether you’re an earlier bird or a night owl, the national park in Southern Saskatchewan provides an ideal prairie landscape. It’s the perfect place to unwind, immerse yourself in nature, and recalibrate your life.
Enjoy the great outdoors on a campsite, or take part in hiking adventures by exploring trails. The solitude and breathtaking beauty of this national park will leave you in awe. Make time for the Ecotour Scenic Drive. It’s about 20 km (around 12.5 miles) long and will take one to three hours to complete depending on your pace.
Toronto to Stratford, Ontario
If there’s one Canadian city most Americans have heard of, it’s Toronto. Toronto, the capital of Ontario, is the fourth largest city on the continent. It’s also home to the only authentic castle in North America. Casa Loma, located in midtown Toronto, is worth the visit. So, too, is the CN Tower, which is the biggest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. The city also has citizens representing 200+ ethnic groups.
While there’s plenty to see and do in Toronto, why stop there? It’s a good idea to include a Toronto-to-Stratford excursion while on your road trip to Canada. You must travel 150 km (about 93 miles ) west to get to Stratford. You’ll see Victorian architecture and get to take in the live theater. Most Americans probably haven’t heard of Stratford before. But when you come for a visit, there’s a good possibility you won’t ever forget it.
North Cape Coastal Drive, Prince Edward Island
If you haven’t ever taken a road trip to Prince Edward Island, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s Canada’s smallest province, but it sure offers a boatload of fun. Are you a foodie or do you like to indulge in the local cuisine when traveling? Check out the western peninsula. You can delight your tastebuds with the range of food available.
Make time to visit the Canadian Potato Museum in the province. After taking in the sites and attractions at the museum, enjoy a meal at the onsite PEI Potato Country Kitchen. The menu has items like the chili topped baked potato, which features a baked potato, homemade chili, and cheese. Meanwhile, the pulled pork potato features a baked potato topped with pulled pork, cheese, and sour cream on the side. That’s just a sampling, and all baked potato dishes are served with fresh-cut, homemade chips.
If you’re intersted in a U.S. to Canada road trip this year, the options above will give you some ideas. The sky’s the limit since there’s so much to see and do.
You’ll want to ensure your vehicle is in good working order to avoid breakdowns. You’ll also want to stay alert on the road since you’ll be traveling a lot of miles and spending hours behind the wheel of your car.
If you get into an accident, you must know what to do. In addition to reporting the accident, calling your insurer, and possibly even booking a rental car to complete your road trip, you’ll want to contact a personal injury lawyer if anyone is injured.
No one wants to consider accidents or injuries when on a road trip. But it’s best to hope for the best while being prepared for the worst. You’ll enjoy the journey and the destination a lot more when you’ve done everything possible to prepare for any possible issues.
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