What is Victoza?
Victoza, also called liraglutide, was approved very recently in 2010 by the FDA. Victoza is an injection manufactured by Nova Nordisk and designed to treat individuals with Type 2 Diabetes. It has been potentially linked to a variety of very serious side effects and there have been calls for it to be removed from the market.
While the FDA approved of the drug, two of the FDA’s safety reviewers objected to the introduction of the drug. The cause for concern came from the potential serious side effects of the drug, as well as other diabetes drugs being available on the market.
Early testing of the drug led to tumors in rodents, and when tested on human beings in the pre-trial testing stage the rate of thyroid problem tripled. There were also many early signs of issues with pancreatitis. Individuals given Victoza during the clinical trials were almost 4 times as likely to develop pancreatitis as opposed to those given other drugs or a placebo. Many individuals believe only 10% of injuries are actually reported to the FDA in association with various drugs, so the fact there has been over 200 reports of Victoza users diagnosed with pancreatitis in less than 2 years on the market is alarming.
Once introduced to the market many reports of kidney failure in associating with Victoza use came in. The FDA was forced to introduce put another label on the warning in associating with potential kidney complications to go along with the pancreatitis issues. Warnings for hypersensitivity and risks of Victoza associated birth defects were also added.
With all of these side effects in a short time on the market, there have been calls for the drugs removal. It is estimated over 150,000 prescriptions for Victoza are filled monthly, and in an effort to drive profits Novo Nordisk released the drug without doing proper research to determine the long-term and serious harmful effects.
While it cannot be stated with 100% certainty there is a link between pancreatic cancer and use of Victoze, user’s are cautions that data suggests it is very possible a link may be discovered as much research and data comes out about the drug.
Victoza Side Effects
Serious side effects associated with Victoza include;
- Thyroid Cancer
- Kidney Failure
- Birth Defects or Malformations
- Pancreatic Cancer
At Sheff Law, we are the Massachusetts law firm with the resources, experience, and national reputation to investigate personal injuries and wrongful deaths resulting from taking Victoza. Patients across Massachusetts and America are starting to realize some of the potential harmful consequences of using Victoza. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of Victoza, contact an attorney at Sheff Law today by filling out a FREE consultation form, or call at (888) 423-4477 or 617-227-7000.
February 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Blog