Although Victoza has successfully helped type 2 diabetes patients across the globe, others are filing lawsuits against the drug’s manufacturer, Novo Nordisk, alleging serious and life-threatening complications such as thyroid cancer and renal impairment while taking the medication.
You may have a valid Oklahoma Victoza lawsuit claim if you or someone you love suffered from serious or life-threatening complications while taking the medication. Contact an experienced attorney to learn more about your rights.
Initially approved in January 2010 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Victoza is manufactured and marketed by Novo Nordisk. The medication was intended to help prevent patients’ bodies from overproducing sugar while helping to stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin as needed in those with type 2 diabetes.
However, the FDA received criticism before the agency approved the medication. Three safety reviewers acknowledged a potential link between Victoza and thyroid cancer and pancreatitis as evident by clinical trials studying the medication in laboratory animals. Despite mounting concerns, the FDA placed its approval on the medication anyway, and the drug was readily made available to the public.
Is Victoza Safe?
The FDA acknowledged a potential relationship between Victoza and thyroid cancer in 2011 after the agency allegedly received 25 claims of thyroid cancer in patients taking the medication between February 2010 and September 2011. If you or a loved one have noticed one or more of the following symptoms of thyroid cancer, you may have a valid Oklahoma Victoza lawsuit claim:
- Persistent hoarseness
- Trouble swallowing
- A lump in the neck
- Difficulty breathing
You may also be entitled to file an Oklahoma Victoza lawsuit against the manufacturer if you received a diagnosis of pancreatitis by your healthcare provider. The medical community reports that the following symptoms are indicative of the condition:
- Tenderness or swelling in the abdomen
- Nausea or vomiting
- Upper abdominal pain
- Unexplained weight loss
- Oily or foul-smelling stools
In May 2011, the FDA made the decision to update the warning label on Victoza to include the possibility of developing renal impairment in those taking the medication. Vomiting, dehydration, diarrhea and nausea can all indicate complications in the kidneys, so if you were diagnosed with this condition, you may also be entitled to file an Oklahoma Victoza lawsuit claim and recover damages for your pain.
Pending Victoza Lawsuits in the U.S.
Plaintiffs are currently filing lawsuits pertaining to Victoza and other incretin mimetics throughout the country. However, due to the increasing number of claims, the decision was recently made to consolidate these lawsuits into a multidistrict litigation (MDL). Plaintiffs are alleging similar complications and side effects, and an additional 60 claims have been filed since the establishment of the MDL.
Between September 2013 and October 2013, the number of pending Victoza lawsuits increased from 60 to over 150, and attorneys speculate that more plaintiffs will come forward to seek compensation for their injuries. If you feel you have an Oklahoma Victoza lawsuit claim, you may be eligible to recover damages such as lost wages, pain and suffering and medical bills including additional treatments or hospitalizations.
We Can Help You to File Your Oklahoma Victoza Lawsuit Claim
If you are trying to determine whether you have a valid Oklahoma Victoza lawsuit, contact the affiliated attorneys at Attorney Group for Oklahoma today. We can review your case, free of charge, and answer your questions to the best of our ability. If we feel you have a case, we will connect you with an experienced lawyer who will handle your Oklahoma Victoza lawsuit claim throughout the legal process and work to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled. You may be eligible to file for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses.