Victoza Lawsuit

Victoza (liraglutide) is an injectable drug used to treat Type 2 diabetes. It is not insulin or an insulin substitute. Victoza was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in January, 2010. In June, 2011, the agency issued safety warnings announcing that the drug has been linked to thyroid cancer, pancreatitis, and kidney failure. Victoza can also cause infections and gastrointestinal adverse events. If you have taken this drug and suffered injury, you may have a potential Victoza lawsuit.

Victoza Uses and how it Works

Victoza is used, along with a diet and exercise program, to help control blood sugar in Type 2 diabetes. It is not used to treat Type 1 diabetes and is not appropriate for use in people with diabetic ketoacidosis, nor is it recommended for use in children.

Victoza mimics a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) which stimulates the pancreas to release insulin and lowers the amount of sugar produced by the liver. Victoza also slows down emptying of the stomach.

Victoza Side Effects and Dangers

Side effects of Victoza can include:

  • Thyroid tumors
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Pancreatitis
  • Kidney failure
  • Worsening of chronic kidney failure
  • Digestive problems
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Infections, including upper and lower respiratory infections

Thyroid Cancer

Victoza increase the risk of developing thyroid tumors and a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC). Thyroid cancer is very serious and is fatal if it is not treated early.

Safety Study

The FDA approved Victoza even though studies had found an increased risk of thyroid cancer and other serious health problems. When the agency approved the drug it required Novo Nordisk, maker of Victoza, to conduct a five year safety study to evaluate the risk of:

  • Thyroid cancer
  • Other cancers
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Pancreatitis
  • Allergic reaction

Novo Nordisk was also required to establish a cancer registry to monitor the rate of medullary thyroid cancer associated with Victoza in the U.S. over the course of 15 years after the drug was approved.

Petition to Pull Victoza from the U.S. Market

On April 19, 2012, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen petitioned the FDA to remove Victoza from the market. According to Public Citizen, the agency approved the drug against the recommendations of two FDA pharmacologists and an FDA clinical safety reviewer.

If you have been harmed by Victoza, or if you have lost a loved one to the deadly side effects of this diabetes drug, you may be entitled to compensation. Please find a injury attorney in your area and schedule a consultation today to learn more about a potential Victoza lawsuit.