Side effects of Sprycel, a leukemia drug made by Bristol-Myers Squibb, have been linked to an increased risk of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), which can weaken the heart and reduce its ability to pump blood.
STATUS OF SPRYCEL LAWSUITS: Users of the medication diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension may be entitled to compensation through a Sprycel lawsuit. Product liability lawyers are evaluating the potential for Sprycel litigation as a result of the manufacturer’s failure to adequately warn.
MANUFACTURER: Bristol-Myers Squibb.
OVERVIEW: Sprycel (dasatinib) was approved by the FDA in June 2006 for the treatment of Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). It prevents cancer cells from multiplying by blocking the action of an abnormal protein.
The drug has been prescribed to about 33,000 people since it was first introduced on the market.
SPRYCEL PAH SIDE EFFECTS: On October 11, 2011, the FDA issued a drug safety communication warning that Sprycel side effects could increase the risk pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). As a result of risk, new warning information was added to the drug’s label.
Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) is a serious and debilitating condition that causes abnormally high blood pressure in the lungs. This causes the heart to get overworked trying to pump blood through the lungs and eventually weakens the heart, reducing its ability to pump blood.
Symptoms of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) from Sprycel may include:
- Shortness of Breath
- Swelling of Ankles and Legs
The FDA has recommended that doctors immediately take any patient diagnosed with PAH off Sprycel permanently. There is a possibility that PAH is curable once patients are no longer taking Sprycel, the FDA reported.
FIND OUT IF YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR A SPRYCEL LAWSUIT: As a result of the drug makers’ failure to adequately warn about the risks associated with their medication, lawyers are evaluating whether users may be entitled to compensation through a Sprycel PAH lawsuit. Submit information about Sprycel side effects experienced by yourself or a family member to be reviewed by an attorney as part of this evaluation.