SILVER SPRING, Md. — Victoza has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration since 2010 for use in treating patients with type II diabetes, and Victoza’s manufacturer, and a version of Victoza, Saxenda, has also been approved as a weight loss medication. The drugs’ manufacturer, Danish pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk, has been attempting to expand Victoza’s applications to include treating type I diabetes as well.
Other Uses for Victoza
Despite promise shown in blood glucose levels in an initial test’s subjects, a phase III trial conducted by Novo Nordisk has demonstrated no conclusive benefit for type I diabetes patients. The study, which took a year and included nearly 1400 patients, tested the efficacy of Victoza as a supplement to insulin for type I diabetics. After the test, the drug’s manufacturer announced that they no longer intend to pursue expanding the label for Victoza to include uses for patients with type I diabetes. The U.S. FDA has approved Saxenda, which is a version of Victoza, for use in helping overweight patients lose weight, but the side effects of Victoza and Saxenda are still being researched.
Although Victoza and Saxenda have been approved by the FDA, there have been several negative side effects associated with the drugs, particularly with Victoza. In particular, Victoza has been linked to pancreatic complications such as pancreatitis, vomiting, nausea, extreme weight loss and even pancreatic cancer. The diabetes medication has also been linked to thyroid cancer, gallstones and hyperglucagonemia, which is the excessive secretion of glucagon.
As a result of these troubling potential side effects, several lawsuits – hundreds at this point – have been levied against Novo Nordisk by patients who were prescribed the diabetes medication and who suffered health complications after taking the medication. In addition to alleging that the injuries were the result of taking the diabetes drug, the plaintiffs in these lawsuits also allege that Novo Nordisk knew about the serious side effects of the drug but still did not warn them or their doctors about these serious – and potentially even fatal – possible consequences.
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