Almost a thousand Victoza lawsuits have been filed against Novo Nordisk, the manufacturer of the medication, for not properly warning the public of potentially serious side effects. Questions have been raised whether the drug’s benefits outweigh the risks.
The popular prescription type-2 diabetes medication has been linked to life-threatening complications including pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, gallbladder disease, and thyroid cancer.
What is Victoza?
Victoza (liraglutide) is in a class of diabetes drugs called incretin mimetics or GLP-1 mimetics. It is taken once-a-day by injection in the thigh, upper arm, or stomach. Along with diet and exercise, Victoza works to control blood sugar levels for individuals diagnosed with type-2 diabetes.
It was approved by the FDA in January 2010.
This class of drug works by mimicking an incretin which is a natural hormone that boosts insulin production and regulates blood-sugar levels in the pancreas. This boost is very important for diabetics in order to keep sugar from building up in the bloodstream.
Other incretin mimetic drugs in the same class are Byetta, Byuderon, Januvia, and Janumet.
Studies have revealed a concern that incretin mimetics may actually increase the risk of pancreatitis and over time pancreatitis is known to increase the risk of pancreatic cancer.
In May 2013, the FDA issued a safety communication linking incretin mimetics to pancreatic disease. They told the public they were investigating the drug’s link to pancreatic cancer.
What Are The Side Effects Of Victoza?
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
- Kidney Impairment or Failure
- Renal Failure
The common issue people have experienced include:
FDA Black Box Warning Added To Victoza Label For Thyroid Cancer
The FDA now requires a black boxed warning on the drug’s label, which is the most serious type of warning that can be issued, for the potential development of a rare form of thyroid cancer known as medullary thyroid cancer (MCT).
The active ingredient in Victoza has been shown in laboratory studies to cause thyroid C-cell tumors in the glands of rats and mice – both benign and cancerous.
Tumors have yet to be found in humans, but there is still a concern that Victoza can increase the risk of thyroid cancer.
Can I File A Victoza Lawsuit?
Victoza lawsuits have been centralized in the MDL (multidistrict litigation) No. 2452 in California. Even though the cases are centralized in one federal court, your case will be looked at on an individual basis. These lawsuits claim that the manufacturer knew of the serious risks linked to their drug and continued to market it anyway.
If you or a loved one has subsequently been diagnosed with pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, or thyroid cancer after using Victoza fill out the form on this page so we can discuss your legal options. The evaluation is completely free.