Eli Lilly & Co.’s blood thinner Effient may be linked to an increased risk of cancer and new or worsening solid tumors. Individuals who have been diagnosed with new or worsening tumor growth or cancer after taking Effient may be entitled to compensation if the company is determined to be liable. The Effient injury lawyers at Atkins and Markoff can help review your case to determine if you may be eligible for financial compensation.
Effient Cancer Risks
EFFIENT POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS AND RISKS INCLUDE NEW TUMORS AND CANCER
Effient is a blood thinner preventing blood clots in people getting angioplasty to repair or unblock blood vessels. However, it appears that Effient side effects may be linked to an increased risk of certain cancers. According to research published in June 2010 in the “Archives of Internal Medicine”, there is a risk of new or worsened solid tumors that is 60% higher with Effient than with Plavix, another blood thinner drug. The rate was 1.4% with Effient users compared to 0.9% with Plavix users.
The reason Effient could cause tumor growth is because it inhibits the body’s natural defense against tumors. The drug works by preventing blood platelets from sticking together. But platelets also work as a natural defense against tumors. The tumor cells then get trapped in the blood vessels and stick to vessel walls, which leads to growth of new or existing tumors.
Although Eli Lilly & Co. defends Effient, the company could be held liable to individuals who were diagnosed with new cancers or solid tumor growth after taking Effient. The manufacturer may have failed to adequately research the risks associated with the medication and failed to warn patients about the potential cancerous side effects Effient, which would entitle the injured individuals to compensation from the company.
DEFECTIVE DRUG INJURY LAWYERS HELP WITHPOSSIBLE EFFIENT LAWSUITS
If you or someone you love has suffered the side effects of Effient, you should know your legal rights. Contact a defective drug lawsuit attorney at Atkins & Markoff for a free legal consultation.