Sales of Novo Nordisk’s Victoza continue to rise – even though the diabetes medication drug has been linked to serious side effects. These serious side effects, which can even be deadly in some cases, have resulted in several lawsuits against the manufacturer.
Victoza’s Side Effects
Victoza was originally approved in 2010 by the United States Food and Drug Administration for use in treating diabetes. Victoza, which is abdominally injected once per day, works by mimicking the GLP-1 hormone in order to lower blood sugar levels in patients with diabetes. According to a recent study, published in the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, using the drug for long periods of time could result in increased hyperglucagonemia, or excess glucagon secretion, in patients with type II diabetes. Victoza has also been linked to serious and potentially fatal complications, including gallstones, thyroid cancer, pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis.
Victoza as a Weight Loss Drug?
Society continues to search for a weight loss drug that does not have any serious complications, but these recent studies further support the idea that Victoza is not that long-sought-after weight loss panacea. Although the U.S. FDA has approved a version of Victoza, known as Saxenda, for use as a weight loss drug, there are still risks that patients may suffer from some of the same negative side effects linked with Victoza if they use Saxenda, which is twice as strong. Victoza has been shown to help patients lose weight, but it is not as easy as just popping a pill – some weight loss may be the result of appetite suppression from the drug, but weight loss also occurs because the drug has a tendency to make patients nauseated and to induce vomiting, which is one symptom of pancreatitis.
There are currently hundreds of lawsuits that have been filed and are pending against Victoza manufacturer Novo Nordisk A/S, a Danish pharmaceutical giant. The lawsuits allege that the plaintiffs suffered injuries as a result of taking the diabetes medication and that its manufacturer failed to warn them about the serious health risks associated with the drug. Although the lawsuits have been consolidated, this should not preclude more cases from being added.
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