Victoza has successfully helped those with type 2 diabetes better manage their blood sugar levels. However, through adverse event reports and several clinical trials, the medication has allegedly been linked to several severe and life-threatening complications such as kidney failure, pancreatitis, thyroid cancer and pancreatic cancer.
Consider seeking legal counsel and filing a Mississippi Victoza lawsuit to receive compensation for your injuries if you were taking Victoza and suffered from a serious health complication or adverse side effects.
Background of Victoza
Originally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2010, Victoza is manufactured and marketed by Novo Nordisk. According to its manufacturer, the medication was to help inhibit the overproduction of sugar and relieve insulin deficiencies in type 2 diabetes patients. According to documents, in 2011 alone, Victoza raked in over $670 million for Novo Nordisk.
While the medication was apparently popular among diabetes patients, several safety reviewers expressed concern about the medication before it was even approved by the FDA. The agency’s employees stressed a potential relationship between the medication and an increased risk of pancreatitis and thyroid cancer as evident in laboratory rats and mice. Additionally, there were allegedly 11 other similar medications on the market at the time; the reviewers did not see the sense or urgency in pushing another potentially dangerous medication out the door.
Is Victoza Safe?
The FDA acknowledged in 2011 that Victoza may be potentially linked to thyroid cancer after the agency received 25 cases of the condition in patients taking the medication. These claims, brought before the agency between February 2010 and September 2011, allege that Victoza was the contributing factor for the condition. Those who have noticed one or more of the following side effects may be entitled to file a Mississippi Victoza lawsuit and receive financial compensation for their condition:
- Difficulty breathing
- Trouble swallowing
- Noticeable lump in the neck or throat
Additionally, patients who have been diagnosed with acute pancreatitis as evident by the following symptoms may be eligible to file a Mississippi Victoza lawsuit with the help of an experienced attorney:
- Abdominal pain or tenderness
- Weight loss
- Oily or smelly stools
In May 2011, the FDA took an initiative and updated the warning label on Victoza to include a potentially higher chance of users suffering from renal impairment. Patients diagnosed with renal impairment allege that side effects such as diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and dehydration requiring hemodialysis were symptoms of the condition. If you or a loved one have suffered from kidney damage or renal impairment, you may consider filing a Mississippi Victoza lawsuit to hold the manufacturer accountable for your condition.
Pending Victoza Lawsuits
Lawsuits pertaining to incretin mimetics including Victoza, Januvia, Byetta and Janumet have been consolidated into a federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California. A case update issued by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation reported that the number of lawsuits filed in the proceeding more than doubled from 60 in September 2013 to 150 claims just one month later.
Those who have taken incretin mimetics such as Victoza are urged to seek legal counsel from an experienced attorney to learn more about filing a Mississippi Victoza lawsuit and seeking compensation for their injuries. Plaintiffs may be entitled to file for damages including pain and suffering, anticipated loss of wages, proven loss of wages, additional treatments or hospitalizations and medical expenses.
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If you or someone you love has taken or is taking Victoza and you have been diagnosed with cancer or are suffering from adverse or life-threatening side effects, contact Attorney Group for Mississippi with questions you may have regarding possibly filing a Mississippi Victoza lawsuit. We will provide you with a free case evaluation and help you to determine if you have a valid case, and we will connect you with an experienced attorney who will handle your Mississippi Victoza lawsuit throughout the legal process.