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Victoza is a medication that addresses type-2 diabetes that patients inject in order to help control blood sugar levels. Unfortunately, negative reports and clinical studies are now illustrating that patients using Victoza are three times more likely than people who take other medications for diabetes of developing pancreatitis. Victoza has been linked to kidney problems, serious allergic reactions, and even thyroid cancer as well.
The pharmaceutical liability attorneys at our law firm are presently exploring Victoza lawsuits for people who endured harm to their own personal health or experienced the loss of a dear loved one as a result of using this particular medication for diabetes control. If you are someone who is suffering with pancreatitis or another adverse Victoza side effect, the chances are in your favor of acquiring substantial compensation for your suffering and damages. Call our law firm today and let us help you manage and settle your Victoza case.
Victoza, or liraglutide, is a non-insulin prescription for patients dealing with type-2 diabetes to help them effectively manage their blood sugar (glucose) levels in addition to a nutritious diet and moderate exercise. When someone has type-2 diabetes, they must deal with ongoing cellular insulin resistance, which makes it very hard to keep their blood sugar levels under adequate control. However, once a patient injects the drug Victoza, it acts very similar to a hormone known as GLP-1, which prompts the pancreas to produce more insulin into the bloodstream.
In 2010, the FDA approved Victoza, which is manufactured by the global health care company known as Novo Nordisk. When Victoza was finally approved, three separate FDA experts on drug safety strongly opposed Victoza’s approval since they felt it needed more evaluation to guarantee the safety of consumers due to the drug’s link to kidney failure, severe allergic reactions, thyroid cancer, and acute pancreatitis.
Over the course of a 52-week clinical study, nearly 7,000 patients receiving Victoza as a stand-alone treatment once a day experienced a 1.1 percent reduction in A1C that measures the average amount of concentrated glucose over a 3-month period when taking a dose of 1.8 mg of the prescription drug. Patients who took 1.2 mg saw an average reduction of 0.8 percent. Patients taking a 1.8 mg dose lost an average of 5.5 lbs, while patients who took a dosage of 1.2 mg lost an average of 4.6 lbs. Another 52-week study concluded that patients saw nearly a 20 percent decrease in FPG, which is a fasting glucose level, while taking a daily dose of 1.8 mg of the drug, while the blood glucose levels in other patients who took 1.2 mg fell nearly 16 percent. Within just two weeks, the FPG levels started to drop.
The Dangerous Side Effects of Victoza
In addition to severe pancreatitis, Victoza has been clinically linked to other life-threatening negative side effects. Here are the most damaging health risks to date that Victoza has caused.
The FDA authorized Novo Nordisk to send out an official letter to all healthcare providers after documented studies revealed that many doctors were completely unaware of the strong link between pancreatitis and Victoza in June 2011. Since then, there were more than 200 acknowledged cases of severe pancreatitis and 28 more cases of pancreatic cancer linked to Victoza as reported in the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System. According to the FDA, anyone just starting Victoza along with any current patients prescribed a higher dose of Victoza should ideally be carefully monitored for any noticeable signs of acute pancreatitis.
Some signs of pancreatitis may include any of the following:
1. Tenderness or pain in the abdominal area
2. Feelings of overall sickness including fever, nausea, vomiting, and sweating
4. Yellowing of the eyes or skin, otherwise known as jaundice
5. Clay-colored stools
6. Abdominal swelling
8. Rapid breathing
9. Rapid heartbeat
If pancreatitis is severe enough, the pancreas itself can lose its vital blood supply, which could literally make it stop functioning and die. Inflammation of the pancreas can additionally result in multiple organ failure and even death. Once the pancreas starts to die, or becomes necrotic, subsequent surgery is necessary in order to remove all the dying or dead tissue. The risk of the person dying then increases from 10 percent to over 40 percent.
• Thyroid Cancer
In the FDA’s June 2011 letter, doctors were warned that Victoza has been proven to produce thyroid cancer in clinically-tested rats that were given certain doses of Victoza similar to the amount a human would normally take. In the subsequent release of the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System, from February 2010 through September 2011, the organization received 25 official reports of Victoza thyroid cancer cases.
The function of the thyroid gland is to produce key hormones that work to regulate body weight, metabolism, heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. Potential Victoza thyroid cancer signs include the following:
1. Lumps in the neck area
2. Respiratory issues
4. Difficulty swallowing
• Kidney Impairment
In May 2011, a new warning label was added to the packaging of Victoza, cautioning patients about the strong link between kidney (renal) impairment and the drug Victoza. In the new warning, patients were cautioned that kidney impairment was reported postmarketing, generally linked to diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, or perhaps dehydration that could possible necessitate hemodialysis. Doctors are strongly advised to use extreme caution when increasing the doses of Victoza in patients suffering from kidney impairment.
In April 2012, the advocacy organization Public Citizen formally requested that the FDA recall Victoza due to numerous claims that the underlying health risks of the drug far outweigh any real medical benefits the drug can offer since it increases the risk for kidney impairment, severe allergic reactions, acute pancreatitis, and thyroid cancer. In fact, as more and more people continue to take Victoza they are also experiencing dire health issues as a result. Obviously, the warning system of the FDA is inadequate and ineffective. The drug should literally be taken off the market immediately.
Victoza and the Law
Based on the number of Victoza attorneys alone, Novo Nordisk risked the safety of consumers in order to capitalize on Victoza without disclosing the proper warnings and knowing about the serious ramifications of the drug that should have resulted in a full recall. Due to their greed, over 150,000 Victoza prescriptions are filled each month in the U.S., literally putting thousands of people in grave danger and jeopardizing their health. Our lawyers are proficient and knowledgeable in pharmaceutical liability litigation and we can help you with your Victoza lawsuit.
If you or a loved one is suffering with certain health issues as a result of taking the prescription drug Victoza, chances are you are entitled to substantial compensation. To learn more about your legal rights and to discuss your case, contact our law firm for legal consultation in order to get what you rightly deserve