In 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Victoza for use as an injectable drug for type 2 diabetes patients. According to Novo Nordisk, the manufacturer of Victoza, the medication is intended to help patients with type 2 diabetes more efficiently utilize the insulin produced in their pancreas. However, according to several Victoza patients and clinical trials, the product may cause thyroid cancer, permanent disability, organ failure, pancreatitis, and pancreatic cancer.
If you or a loved one took Victoza and subsequently received a cancer diagnosis or experienced complications such as kidney failure, consider filing a Colorado Victoza lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries. Attorney Group for Colorado can provide you with a free case evaluation and help you determine if you are eligible to file a Colorado Victoza lawsuit. Call today for more information.
Side Effects and Complications of Victoza
As is the case with nearly any medication on the market, Victoza may cause several mild, common side effects, including headache, diarrhea, incomplete or infrequent bowel movements, vomiting, nausea, and a loss of appetite. Still, the FDA issued a warning in June 2011 to inform consumers that the product could potentially increase their risk of developing thyroid cancer if they were currently living with type 2 diabetes. If you have experienced one of the following indications of thyroid cancer, consider seeking legal counsel to determine whether you are eligible to file a Colorado Victoza lawsuit:
- Trouble breathing or swallowing
- A lump in your neck
- Hoarseness or difficulty speaking
Public Citizen, a well-known consumer advocacy group, petitioned the FDA to remove Victoza and other similar incretin mimetics such as Byetta, Janumet, and Januvia from the market. According to Public Citizen, the alleged benefits of these drugs do not necessarily outweigh the potential complications and side effects. While the FDA acknowledged that it would launch an investigation to further determine the safety and efficacy of this class of medications, no recalls have been issued.
In May 2011, Victoza’s warning label was updated to reflect the risk of common side effects such as diarrhea, renal impairment, nausea, dehydration, and vomiting. While this new information can be beneficial for those who have not yet taken Victoza, it does little to help patients who have already been using the medication for months or years.
Court documents indicate that the FDA had received 200 cases of acute pancreatitis and 28 claims from patients who developed pancreatic cancer as of July 2011. Due to the possible complications and allegedly life-threatening cancer diagnoses, patients throughout the U.S. have begun filing lawsuits against Novo Nordisk to seek compensation for their injuries. The lawsuits allege that Novo Nordisk and other incretin mimetic manufacturers failed to adequately test their products before providing them to consumers and failed to adequately warn consumers of the potential dangers.
Eligible to File a Colorado Victoza Lawsuit?
If you or someone you love took Victoza to help treat type 2 diabetes and subsequently developed thyroid cancer, pancreatic cancer, or other serious health conditions, you may be entitled to file a Colorado Victoza lawsuit and recover damages for your injuries. Attorney Group for Colorado is currently offering free, no-obligation consultations to help victims determine whether they have a case. If you have a case, we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can file a Colorado Victoza lawsuit on your behalf and assist you throughout the legal process. Call today.