Leukine (sargramostim) is a synthetic form of a protein that stimulates the growth of white blood cells which help your body fight infections in conditions such as leukemia, bone marrow transplant, and pre-chemotherapy blood cell collection.
Leukine is prescribed to patients undergoing chemotherapy to help stave off infections that can result from this protocol or for those who’ve had an unsuccessful bone marrow transplant that was not successful.
Bayer AG, the manufacturer of the Leukine, has initiated a recall because of the presence of a foreign liquid in the vials of this medication. Continuing to use this medication could be dangerous, as you could suffer from the same fainting spells and blackouts that have befallen others. Many patients who have experienced these side effects have been seriously injured as a result. Therefore, you need to contact your doctor immediately to plot out a plan to discontinue use of this medication as soon as possible.
Can I file a lawsuit if I have suffered damages from taking Leukine?
Possibly. While all medications have certain, anticipated side effects, a drug manufacturer has a duty to inform physicians adequately regarding the known risks associated with its drugs. If a manufacturer fails to do so, it can be held responsible to patients who are injured as the result of inadequate warnings, under a legal theory known as “product liability.” Depending upon the particular circumstances of your case, damages may include recovery for any of the following:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Emotional distress
If you or a loved one has experienced any health problems while taking Leukine, you should contact your doctor immediately. You may also wish to contact an experienced Leukine lawyer to discuss your legal options. As all legal claims are subject to time limits, however, you may risk forfeiture of your right to financial compensation if you delay.