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Victoza (Liraglutide) is a drug that was created to improve blood sugar levels in people who suffer from Type 2 diabetes. Victoza was designed to help better control blood glucose levels and lower hypoglycemia after ingesting food. The drug allows for increased insulin levels when the body needs it, but it also decreases the appetite, thus allowing for weight loss and a healthier level of insulin in the body. The drug, manufactured by Novo Nordisk, was marketed as an easily used, once-a-day, self-injectable device that could be injected subcutaneously (under the skin). The company also created a higher dose form of the drug under the name of Saxenda in the U.S. and Europe.
Over the years since it was first introduced, Victoza has been the subject of much criticism for causing serious side-effects. When drug companies put their profits ahead of public welfare, we believe they should be held responsible for their actions.
Sobo & Sobo understands how difficult it can be to cope with everyday life when you are dealing with the medical problems a drug prescribed by your doctor has caused. You put your trust in your physician and the drug manufacturers, thinking they would have your best interests in mind. When that clearly is not the case, and you are suffering, you need support. The lawyers and entire staff at Sobo & Sobo wants to help. Allow us to partner with you so that we can ensure you will get the compensation you deserve. Our defective drug lawyers will help you fight for the justice you deserve.
Victoza Side Effects
Like most medications, Victoza has some common side effects. The most common non-serious side effects include:
- Lower back pain
- Loss of appetite
- Indigestion, nausea or vomiting
- Cold-like symptoms
There are however some very serious side effects. The most common of the severe side effects caused by Victoza are:
- Thyroid tumors
- Thyroid cancers (see more details below)
- Allergic reactions
- Kidney failure (see more details below)
- Pancreatic cancer
- Bleeding in the pancreas
- Severe abdominal pain
When Victoza was undergoing the initial stages of clinical trials, the drug was shown to have a correlation with thyroid tumors in rats. It has been reported by the Food and Drug Administration that a particular thyroid cancer biomarker rose in patients that were taking a generic form of the drug. The FDA decided however that this rise was not enough to push the pause button on allowing the drug to be used by the general public. The FDA indicated that in order to prove a causal relationship between Victoza and thyroid cancer there would need to be another 15 years of study.
The Food and Drug Administration has required Novo Nordisk sell the drug with additional Black Box Label Warnings. The new warnings are designed to inform consumers that if a patient already has existing chronic renal failure, then it could worsen after taking Victoza. The new warnings also notify patients that taking Victoza can cause acute renal failure. The symptoms of both chronic and acute renal failure are as follows:
- Confusions and disorientation
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling of lower limbs and feet
- Retention of fluid in arms and legs
- Low urine volume
- Colmar seizures
- Chest pain
Many agencies and medical researchers were questioning the side effects of Victoza even before the drug was approved for sale by the Food and Drug Administration. Since 2012, several groups and agencies have called upon the FDA to recall Victoza due to its serious side effects. Up to this point, there has been no voluntary recall by Novo Nordisk or the FDA.
There have been many lawsuits filed against Novo Nordisk since Victoza was allowed to be sold on the general market. Many of these lawsuits involve the serious conditions listed above as well as wrongful death associated with taking the medication. Below is a small sampling of some of the lawsuits that have been filed:
- Wrongful death lawsuit filed in 2012 – This lawsuit involved a woman who claims the medication cause fatal pancreatic cancer in her husband. The deceased patient took the drug for approximately 2.5 years until he developed pancreatic cancer and died. The lawsuit alleges that the drug manufacturer failed to adequately warn patients and doctors of the possibility that Victoza could cause pancreatic cancer.
- Pancreatic cancer lawsuit filed in 2013 – This lawsuit is filed by a woman who took the medication for approximately 2 years. Her physicians took her off the medication once it was discovered that she had pancreatic cancer. The lawsuit alleges that the drug maker knew of the potential harm and attempted to hide information about the serious side effects from prescribing doctors. Without this information, her doctors, as well as the patient, could not make an informed decision on the safety of using the drug.
- Pancreatic cancer death lawsuit filed in 2013 – In this lawsuit, the deceased patient only took the medical for a brief period of time before she developed pancreatic cancer. The patient died only a year after the diagnosis. One aspect of the lawsuit focused on the drug manufacturer using false advertisements to entice patients and doctors into using the drug.
- Wrongful death lawsuit filed in 2013 – This case came out of Mississippi where the deceased wife only took Victoza for a little less than a year before contracting pancreatic cancer. She was diagnosed with the disease in November of 2012 and died in January of 2013. The basis of the lawsuit was very similar the others listed above.
The attorneys at Sobo & Sobo are leaders in personal injury law and are ready to fight by your side. They understand that each story is unique and put their focus on you. During your initial consultation we will listen and do all we can to help you make informed decisions about how to proceed with your defective drug litigation.
Call Sobo & Sobo at 855-468-7626 as soon as possible to learn about your legal rights. Our prompt action, in partnership with you, could make a difference in the outcome of your case. We look forward to taking the next step toward Winning Together.