In April 2021, Acella Pharmaceuticals LLC announced a recall of 35 commercial lots and three sample lots of its NP Thyroid medication due to sub potency. The pills contained up to 90 percent less of the active ingredients than they were supposed to have. This comes after Acella pulled 13 lots of the same medication in 2020 for the opposite problem–super potency–where the pills contained too much of one of the active ingredients.
Additionally, in September 2020 Acella recalled another two lots of NP Thyroid due to sub potency. The most recent recall marks the third NP Thyroid recall Acella has issued since May 2020.
According to the company, as of April 29, 2021, Acella had received 43 reports of serious side effects possibly linked to the April 2021 sub potency recall. If you believe you have suffered injuries from this medication, a skilled Acella NP Thyroid lawyer could hold the pharmaceutical company liable and secure just compensation for your injuries. Consider reaching out to our dedicated dangerous drug attorneys to discuss your situation.
What Does NP Thyroid Medication Treat?
Acella Pharmaceutical, which is based in metro Atlanta, markets medication to treat hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid. Hypothyroidism is a medical condition that occurs when the thyroid glands do not produce enough of a hormone that regulates the body’s metabolic rate, development, and growth. A thyroid hormone deficiency can result in obesity, infertility, heart disease, and chronic joint pain.
This Acella medication is sold under the brand names NP Thyroid15 and NP Thyroid120. These tablets primarily contain levothyroxine (T4) and liothyronine (T3). Those who have taken Acella NP Thyroid for hypothyroidism should get in touch with a skilled attorney right away for legal advice.
Shockingly, Acella has been selling its NP Thyroid medications without FDA approval and without obtaining the required biologics license that would permit it to legally sell NP Thyroid in the United States.
Side Effects of Acella’s Recalled Drug
NP Thyroid users have reported many side effects related to the drug. The issues associated with this drug may vary depending on whether the batch was sub potent or super potent.
Sub Potency Side Effects
Those who received the sub potent NP Thyroid medication may experience signs of hypothyroidism, including fatigue, constipation, dry skin, puffiness of the face, hair loss, slow heart rate, depression, swelling of the thyroid gland, and weight gain.
Additionally, there are risks of serious injury to newborn babies or pregnant women with hypothyroidism. These risks include early miscarriage, fetal hyperthyroidism, or impairment to the fetal neural and skeletal development. Elderly patients and those with underlying heart disease may experience cardiac pain, arrhythmia, or palpitations.
Super Potency Side Effects
Those who took the super potent NP Thyroid medication may experience chest pain, rapid heart rate, heart rhythm disturbances, weight loss, fatigue, muscle weakness, hypertension, miscarriages, and impaired fetal development.
The use of this unsafe medication can cause severe injuries. Anyone who had a negative reaction to Acella’s defective thyroid medication may be able to file a lawsuit with the help of a qualified lawyer. A successful legal claim could lead to significant compensation for injured parties.
Determining Liability in a Lawsuits Against a Pharmaceutical Company
Drug manufacturers can be held strictly liable for consumer’s injuries if their drugs are found to be defective or unreasonably dangerous.
Strict liability allows plaintiffs to establish their claims with a lesser burden of proof than negligence. They need only show:
- The product was defective
- They were using the product as intended
- They suffered an injury
- The defective product caused the injury
There are many factors associated with dangerous drug claims. However, a skilled NP Thyroid attorney well versed in state and federal laws may be able to help a plaintiff to bring a successful lawsuit against Acella and maximize the amount of compensation that the injured plaintiff ultimately receives.
Fighting for Compensation in a Legal Claim
Injured parties are entitled to compensation for the losses they have suffered due to unsafe medication. These economic and non-economic damages could include:
- Medical expenses
- Travel costs for medical visits
- Cost of the drug
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial expenses in wrongful death cases
An experienced attorney should be able to better calculate the value of an injured party’s claim, and to fight for compensation to cover all of their damages related to their use of NY Thyroid.
Reach Out to an Acella NP Thyroid Attorney for A Case Evaluation
It is devastating to find out that a medication you relied on to treat your medical condition has caused you harm. As patients, we place our trust in drug companies to manufacture and sell safe, reliable drugs to improve our health, not to make it worse.
If you have taken any Acella NP Thyroid medication that has been recalled and have suffered or are suffering side effects, you may be entitled to compensation. A qualified Acella NP Thyroid lawyer can help you take legal action and fight for compensation. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation and get started.