Victoza Lawsuit for Pancreatitis, Thyroid Cancer Link
If you took Victoza to treat your diabetes, your life may have been put at serious risk of developing thyroid cancer or pancreatitis. If you have been treated for either of these conditions you may very well have legal standing to file a lawsuit. If you took Victoza and are experiencing any of the symptoms of these life-threatening diseases you should contact your physician as soon as possible. Our legal team also is investigating whether the manufacturers of this product were aware and even discussing the dangerous side effects it is causing, which could be an important element in pursuing legal action against those responsible. Our attorneys are very experienced the laws involved in defective drugs and medical device lawsuits and aggressively pursue the rights of those who have been victimized in such cases.
Please contact us as soon as possible for a free consultation about the merits of your case or that of a loved one and what legal options may be available to you. Our resources and familiarity with these types of cases has resulted in successful out-of-court settlements and jury awards on behalf of our clients and we are available to provide personalized, sensitive representation for your needs.
If you or a loved one has undergone diabetes treatment with Victoza and suffered any of these health problems or have suffered serious side effects from any other medication or medical device please contact us as soon as possible in order to provide us the opportunity to immediately begin working on your case.
FDA Warning on Victoza Use:
Last year the Food and Drug Administration ordered Novo Nordisk to inform patients and health care professionals that its diabetes drug Victoza carries the risk of causing thyroid cancer and pancreatitis in patients who use the medication. Victoza is a once-a-day injectable diabetes drug used to help control blood-sugar levels in adults who have Type 2 diabetes.
“Because of these risks, Victoza is not recommended as first-line therapy for patients who have inadequate glycemic control on diet and exercise,” the FDA said in its health warning announcement. Such public concerns are not voiced unless the federal agency finds that there is some merit to allegations about the safety of medications. It is also unusual for the FDA to issue a safety warnings so soon after it approves a drug.
The drug was approved by the FDA in 2010, and generated sales of $670 million in 2011 but Novo Nordisk is now fending off concerns raised by the FDA and claims made in numerous Victoza lawsuits filed by victims of these dangerous side effects. Some medical researchers and consumer rights organizations have demanded that the medication be recalled in the interests of consumer safety.
Victoza is not recommended as the first medication to treat diabetes, is not a substitute for insulin and is not recommended as a medication for children. Any adverse reactions from the medication should immediately be reported to your doctor, particularly if you are suffering hoarseness, having difficulty swallowing, are shortness of breath or have an unexplained lump or swelling in the neck area. These may be symptoms of thyroid cancer. The symptoms of pancreatitis are severe and persistent stomach pains, back pains and possibly vomiting.
What is Thyroid Cancer?
The thyroid is a vital gland in the front of the throat that generates hormones responsible for a variety of functions that regulate how fast our hearts beat and the rate at which we generate energy, which affects our temperature and weight. It also plays an important role in the body’s utilization of calcium, important in our bone structure. Figures from the American Cancer Society show that most victims of thyroid cancer are women and under the age of 65 and that about 56,000 cases will be diagnosed in the country annually.
There are several different types of thyroid cancer, which are classified based on how similar they look to normal thyroid cells under a microscope and by the type of cell from which they develop. According to the health site Cancercenter.com, here are the types of thyroid cancer:
- Papillary carcinoma is the most common type of thyroid cancer, accounting for approximately 80 percent of cases. Papillary carcinomas are slow growing, differentiated cancers that develop from follicular cells and can develop in one or both lobes of the thyroid gland. This type of cancer may spread to nearby lymph nodes in the neck, but it is generally treatable with a good prognosis (outlook for survival).
- Follicular carcinoma is the second most common type of thyroid cancer, and accounts for approximately one out of 10 cases. It is found more frequently in countries with an inadequate dietary intake of iodine. Follicular carcinoma is also a differentiated form of thyroid cancer. In most cases, it is associated with a good prognosis, although it is somewhat more aggressive than papillary cancer. Follicular carcinomas do not usually spread to nearby lymph nodes, but they are more likely than papillary cancers to spread to other organs, like the lungs or the bones.
- Hürthle cell carcinoma, also known as oxyphil cell carcinoma, is a subtype of follicular carcinoma, and accounts for approximately 3 percent of all thyroid cancers.
- Medullary thyroid carcinoma develops from C cells in the thyroid gland, and is more aggressive and less differentiated than papillary or follicular cancers. Approximately 4 percent of all thyroid cancers will be of the medullary subtype. These cancers are more likely to spread to lymph nodes and other organs, compared with the more differentiated thyroid cancers. They also frequently release high levels calcitonin and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), which can be detected by blood tests.
- Anaplastic carcinoma is the most undifferentiated type of thyroid cancer, meaning that it looks the least like normal cells of the thyroid gland. As a result, it is a very aggressive form of cancer that quickly spreads to other parts of the neck and body. It occurs in approximately 2 percent of thyroid cancer cases.
- A simple answer is that the pancreas is an oblong flattened gland located deep in the abdomen. Most people don't know as much about the pancreas as they do about other parts of their bodies. In fact, this gland is an integral part of the digestive system that often goes unnoticed until problems occur. If you are concerned about pancreas cancer, you will want a lot more information.
What is Pancreatitis?
The pancreas is a vital organ that pretty much goes unnoticed unless something goes wrong. It is a gland in the abdomen between the stomach and spine that is an important part of the digestive system. The pancreas produces enzymes used to digest food but the disease occurs when these enzymes become activated in the pancreas, rather than in the small intestine, causing a buildup of acids that generate painful symptoms and can be life-threatening.
The overwhelming percentage of pancreatitis cases are caused by heavy alcohol use or alcoholism and can be long-term. There is also a history of some medications causing pancreatitis, as reflected in the FDA health warning about Victoza. In many cases the problem does not become symptomatic until it becomes a serious health concern.
Published statistics show that pancreatitis is not widespread but has been increasing in numbers as alcohol use and abuse has spread around the globe. Nearly 200,000 cases are diagnosed in the United States each year – usually in victims between 40 and 50-- and there are far more men affected than women.
The most common treatments are through medications, halting drinking and smoking and changing the diet from one high in fats to one low in fats. Depression and diabetes are two conditions that can develop if pancreatitis is not properly treated.