Victoza is a diabetes medicine which received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on January 25, 2010 and is used as an incretin mimetic to regulate blood sugar levels in individuals with type II diabetic patients. However, its active component known as linagliptin may be linked to serious side effect and can increase a patient's risk of developing pancreatic cancer - a condition that is difficult to diagnose and is often fatal.
Recent studies have shown that the risk of acute pancreatitis is higher for Victoza patients than people taking other diabetes drugs. Reports were sent to the FDA's adverse-event database in 2011, in which 28 reports of pancreatic cancer were found among Victoza patients, and indicated that there is a possibility that Victoza could increase the rate of pancreatic cancer.
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Victoza & Pancreatic Cancer
Studies have shown that certain types of incretin mimetic diabetes drugs, including Victoza can increase the risk of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. These drugs increase insulin secretion and decreasing blood sugar levels and may cause severe and deadly side effects, including acute pancreatitis. Pancreatic cancer begins in the tissues of the pancreas and is often accompanied by a poor diagnosis because of its difficulty to identify. Cancerous cells spread quickly and are hardly ever detected in their early stage which is why it is a major contributor to cancer. We believe the evidence will show that premarket animal studies, which were not made public, showed this potential problem.
Symptoms of Victoza-related pancreatitis can include:
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
- jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
Our attorneys are highly experienced and will work with you personally to determine the extent of the monetary damage this drug has caused you, and what legal remedies are at your disposal. Our ultimate goal is to help you obtain monetary compensation for the financial hardships you face. Our firm will litigate your case from start to finish, and we do not involve other firms.
Plaintiffs accuse the manufacturers of designing defective drugs, failure to warn, and breach of warranty, negligent misrepresentation, and fraudulent concealment. Lawsuits for defective drug injuries can be very complex as defective products cause life-changing, even fatal injuries to innocent individuals every year. In fact, studies show a significant increase in cancer cases due to the use of these drugs. If you or someone you love has suffered due to this type of negligence, it is important to speak to an experienced lawyer who can help you file a claim to:
- Seek compensation for injuries, medical expenses, pain, and suffering and other economic damages, as well as punitive damages you need to make it through this difficult time.
- Make sure others are protected from these destructive practices