Victoza, although proven successful in helping type 2 diabetes patients better control their blood sugar levels, has allegedly been linked to numerous life-threatening and severe complications and health conditions including pancreatic cancer, kidney failure, thyroid cancer and pancreatitis.
If you feel that you have a valid claim after taking Victoza and suffering from an adverse side effect, contact an experienced attorney to learn about your legal rights and begin the process to file your Kentucky Victoza lawsuit.
Overview of Victoza
Novo Nordisk, manufacturer of Victoza, reported that the drug was initially intended to help relieve insulin deficiencies and prevent sugar overproduction in type 2 diabetes patients. Victoza, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2010, became popular among those with type 2 diabetes, and the drug grossed over $670 million in one year’s worth of sales.
However, three safety reviewers for the FDA cautioned the agency prior to the drug’s approval. According to clinical trials, laboratory rats and mice were at a higher risk of developing pancreatitis and thyroid tumors when they were given Victoza. However, the FDA maintained that such results may not be the case in humans, and the agency allegedly approved the medication for public use.
Does Victoza Cause Side Effects?
After reviewing 25 claims from patients who were allegedly diagnosed with thyroid cancer between February 2010 and September 2011, the FDA acknowledged that there may, in fact, be a link between Victoza and the condition. Those who have experienced the following side effects or symptoms of thyroid cancer may be eligible to file a Kentucky Victoza lawsuit and recover damages for their injuries:
- Lump in the throat or neck
- Frequent or persistent hoarseness
- Difficulty swallowing or breathing
Acute pancreatitis, evident by the following symptoms, is also one of the most commonly alleged side effects in patients taking Victoza. Unfortunately, however, these symptoms are not always readily apparent, and many do not realize they have the condition until it has developed into pancreatic cancer.
- Smelly or oily stools
- Abdominal tenderness or pain
- Vomiting or nausea
- Weight loss
Victoza’s warning label was updated by the FDA in May 2011 to reflect the potential ink between the medication and renal impairment. Side effects of the condition include nausea, vomiting, dehydration requiring hemodialysis and diarrhea. You may consider seeking legal counsel to file a Kentucky Victoza lawsuit if you are suffering from renal impairment or other form of kidney damage.
Are There Existing Victoza Lawsuits?
Cases involving Victoza, Janumet, Byetta and Januvia have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Southern District of California. According to court documents, plaintiffs are alleging that incretin mimetics place them at an increased risk for serious and life-threatening side effects such as pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, pancreatitis and kidney failure, among other conditions. In September 2013, there were 60 claims from patients alleging injuries, while 150 claims were pending as of October 2013.
Those who have been diagnosed with cancer or suffered from adverse side effects while taking Victoza or other incretin mimetics are urged to seek legal counsel and consider filing Kentucky Victoza lawsuits and seek compensation from the manufacturer. Depending on each individual’s circumstances and situation, damages eligible for recovery may include medical expenses, hospitalizations or additional treatments, loss of wages or anticipated loss of wages and pain and suffering.
Want to Learn More about Filing a Kentucky Victoza Lawsuit?
Have you or someone you love suffered from serious or life-threatening side effects while taking Victoza or another incretin mimetic? You may be entitled to file a Kentucky Victoza lawsuit with help from Attorney Group for Kentucky. We will provide you with a no-obligation, free case evaluation and answer your questions to the best of our ability. We will also connect you with the experienced attorneys affiliated with our firm who will handle your Kentucky Victoza lawsuit and work to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.