Incretin mimetics such as Victoza, Januvia, Janumet and Byetta are prescribed to those with type 2 diabetes to help these patients better manage their blood glucose levels. However, it has recently been brought to light that Victoza, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), may potentially be linked to serious and life-threatening side effects. If you have experienced complications while taking the drug for your type 2 diabetes, consider seeking legal counsel through Attorney Group for Arkansas today. Experienced Arkansas Victoza lawsuit attorneys could help you understand your legal rights.
According to court documents, members of the FDA’s safety panel expressed concern about the drug’s possible link to certain health complications as early as 2009. Several clinical trials submitted to the FDA reported 29 cases of breast, prostate and thyroid cancers in patients, and members of the safety panel also acknowledged an increased risk of cancer in laboratory rats and mice. Additionally, another study concluded that Victoza users were four times more likely to develop acute pancreatitis while taking the drug than those who chose another medication.
Still, Victoza received FDA approval in 2010, despite the clinical evidence and trials suggesting a link between the medication and several health conditions. In 2011, however, the FDA allegedly released a statement in which the agency acknowledged that those with type 2 diabetes may not benefit from taking Victoza and should consider an alternate medication instead, and in 2012, over 9,000 adverse event reports were submitted to the agency with allegations of severe side effects and complications.
Those filing lawsuits against the manufacturer claim that Victoza caused both common and severe side effects. Less serious conditions caused by Victoza include headaches, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, sinus complications, swelling, constipation, pain and dizziness. However, more serious side effects include tumors, renal failure, kidney failure and pancreatic cancer. Additionally, Victoza may be linked to thyroid cancer as indicated by a difficulty speaking, breathing or swallowing, swollen lymph nodes and hoarseness.
Need Assistance from an Arkansas Victoza Lawyer?
Have you or someone you love experienced adverse side effects such as pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer or kidney failure while taking Victoza? For more information about filing a claim and recovering compensation for your injuries, contact an affiliated Arkansas Victoza lawyer at Attorney Group for Arkansas today. We will provide you with a free, no-obligation review of your claim and help you to determine if you are eligible to recover damages. We will connect you with a professional Arkansas Victoza lawyer who will assist you throughout the legal process.