While Victoza, a well-known type 2 diabetes medication, has successfully helped those living with the condition to better manage their blood glucose levels, plaintiffs across the country are working with attorneys to file lawsuits against the manufacturer, alleging that Victoza caused pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, kidney failure, acute pancreatitis and other serious complications.
You may be entitled to file a Tennessee Victoza lawsuit if you have suffered from one or more of these conditions while taking the drug. Contact an experienced attorney to learn more about your legal rights and how you may hold the manufacturer accountable for your injuries.
Overview of Victoza
A member of the incretin mimetic class of drugs, Victoza was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2010 and inhibits the overproduction of sugar while relieving insulin deficiencies in patients living with type 2 diabetes. However, plaintiffs allege that its manufacturer, Novo Nordisk, used aggressive marketing tactics to promote the product and grossed over $670 million in sales in 2011 alone.
Although the drug has proven to be popular amongst diabetes patients, several safety reviewers working for the FDA were critical of the drug before it even received approval. According to these individuals, Victoza could potentially cause an increased risk of thyroid tumors and pancreatitis as evident in testing on laboratory animals.
Plaintiffs Allege Serious Victoza Side Effects
According to the FDA in 2011, there exists a potential link between thyroid cancer and Victoza based on the agency’s review of 25 claims taking place between February 2010 and September 2011 from patients alleging that the medication caused the condition. You or someone you know may be entitled to file a Tennessee Victoza lawsuit if you have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer or noticed one or more of the following symptoms:
- Trouble breathing or swallowing
- Noticeable lump in the neck or throat
- Persistent hoarseness
Additionally, if you have been diagnosed with acute pancreatitis by your healthcare provider, you may also be eligible to pursue a claim and hold the manufacturer accountable for your health condition. The most exhibited symptoms of acute pancreatitis include:
- Weight loss
- Smelly or oily stools
- Tenderness or pain in the abdomen
The FDA included additional information on the warning label of Victoza in 2011 to include the potential increased risk of renal impairment in those taking the medication. Symptoms including dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea and nausea may all implicate the condition, so if you have noticed one or more of these side effects and received a diagnosis, you may also be entitled to file a Tennessee Victoza lawsuit and receive money to help cover lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering.
Current Lawsuits Surrounding Victoza
Cases alleging that incretin mimetics caused pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, pancreatitis and other health conditions have recently been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California.
Court documents report that 60 of these lawsuits pertaining to Victoza, Byetta, Janumet and Januvia were filed by September 2013; as of October 2013, that number has topped 150 claims. Those experienced in handling similar cases speculate that the litigation could see another increase in cases as allegedly injured patients move forward to file for damages from the manufacturer.
For More Information about Filing Your Tennessee Victoza Lawsuit, Contact Us Today
If you or someone you love are taking Victoza and you have been diagnosed with a serious or life-threatening health condition such as cancer, kidney failure or pancreatitis while taking the medication, you may be entitled to file a Tennessee Victoza lawsuit and hold the manufacturer accountable for your injuries. At Attorney Group for Tennessee, we can help answer your questions and help you to determine if you have a valid case. If you have a valid claim, we can connect you with experienced attorneys who will handle your Tennessee Victoza lawsuit and work to ensure you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.