Although Victoza has successfully helped type 2 diabetes patients to better manage their conditions, others are filing claims against the manufacturer, alleging that the medication caused thyroid cancer, kidney failure and pancreatitis.
Those who have allegedly been injured by Victoza should consider filing an Alabama Victoza lawsuit claim to seek compensation for their condition. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights and whether you have a valid claim.
What is Victoza?
Victoza, initially approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2010, is manufactured and marketed by Novo Nordisk. The manufacturer claimed that the medication was to help relieve insulin deficiencies and prevent the body from producing too much sugar in those living with type 2 diabetes.
However, several safety reviewers employed by the FDA expressed concerns to the agency prior to the drug’s release. The reviewers asserted that Victoza demonstrated a positive correlation to an increased risk of thyroid cancer and pancreatitis in laboratory rats and mice. However, despite the reviewers’ concerns, the FDA allegedly decided to place the medication on the market.
Health Risks of Victoza
In 2011, the FDA reportedly acknowledged that Victoza may cause an increased risk of thyroid cancer after the agency reviewed 25 reports of patients suffering from the condition while taking Victoza. The claims were filed between February 2010 and September 2011 and allege that the medication was the direct cause for thyroid cancer. You may be entitled to file an Alabama Victoza lawsuit and recover compensation for your condition. The following are noticeable symptoms of thyroid cancer:
- Lump in throat or neck
- Trouble breathing or swallowing
- Persistent hoarseness
Those who have received a pancreatitis diagnosis from their healthcare providers may also be eligible to file an Alabama Victoza lawsuit claim with the help of an experienced attorney. Symptoms include:
- Smelly or oily stools
- Abdominal tenderness or pain
- Vomiting or nausea
- Weight loss
Due to the increasing number of adverse event reports, the FDA decided to update Victoza’s warning label in May 2011 to include the possible risk of renal impairment in those taking Victoza. Side effects such as dehydration, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting may indicate renal complications. If you or someone you love have been diagnosed with kidney damage, consider filing an Alabama Victoza lawsuit claim to seek compensation from the manufacturer.
Plaintiffs File Victoza Lawsuits
Plaintiffs throughout the U.S. are filing lawsuits against the manufacturers of incretin mimetics such as Victoza, Byetta, Januvia and Janumet. The cases have recently been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Southern District of California as many of these cases allege the same complications and conditions. According to court documents, the number of pending lawsuits increased from 60 in September 2013 to over 150 as of October 2013.
Those who have suffered from complications while taking Victoza are urged to seek legal counsel to learn more about filing their own Alabama Victoza lawsuit. Plaintiffs may be eligible to recover damages such as proven loss of wages, anticipated lost wages, pain and suffering and medical expenses including additional hospitalizations or treatments.
Need More Information about Filing Your Alabama Victoza Lawsuit?
If you or someone you love took Victoza and you were later diagnosed with acute pancreatitis or other life-threatening complication or if you experienced adverse side effects, you may be entitled to file an Alabama Victoza lawsuit and hold the manufacturer accountable for your injuries. At Attorney Group for Alabama, we will provide you with a no-obligation consultation, free of charge, to help you determine if you have a valid case. We will connect you with an experienced attorney who will handle your Alabama Victoza lawsuit and work to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.