In 2011, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) required new warning labels for Novo Nordisk’s widely-prescribed diabetes drug Victoza (generic: liraglutide) regarding serious allergic reactions. Nearly 10% of diabetic patients treated with Victoza had antibodies to the drug, resulting in increased infections, injection site reactions, and severe joint pain. Additional allergic reactions associated with Victoza were gastrointestinal events including nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and constipation.
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What’s the Problem with Victoza?
On April 19, 2012, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen sent a letter to the FDA calling for a ban on the sale of Victoza, claiming that the risk of side effects from the drug far outweigh any possible benefits. Among other adverse health complications, Public Citizen cited a number of severe allergic reactions that have been increasingly associated with Victoza. The FDA has confirmed these reactions as an important side effect of the drug, which may lead to:
- Injection site reactions – Inflammation in or damage to the tissue surrounding where Victoza is injected. Two types of injection site reactions have been linked to Victoza: a local allergic reaction called a flare reaction, and a more severe reaction characterized by damage to the tissue due to extravasation. Signs and symptoms of both types of reactions may include tenderness, redness, warmth, and itching. However, the consequences of extravasation are more severe and may include pain, blistering, and severe skin damage.
- Influenza – Also known as the common flu, influenza is an illness that can be caused by Victoza which infects the respiratory tract. In most people, the illness results is symptoms such as fever, cough, headache, and malaise. Most people recover from influenza in a week or two, however, in severe cases, the infection can cause a more serious illness that can eventually lead to death.
- Erythema – Skin condition characterized by raised spots or lesions on the skin. Erythema may result in symptoms such as fatigue, fever, and itching.
- Hives – Outbreak of swollen, pale red bumps on the skin that appear suddenly as a reaction to injection with Victoza. Hives may appear anywhere on the body, including the face, lips, tongue, throat, or ears. The bumps may vary in size, and may join together to form larger areas known as plaques.
- Angioedema – Similar to hives, angioedema is a condition characterized by swelling beneath the skin rather than on the surface. Angioedema can be caused by a reaction to Victoza, which results in histamine and other chemicals being released into the bloodstream.
Side Effects of Victoza
In addition to having the potential to cause severe allergic reactions, Victoza has also been linked to the following serious side effects:
“More and more people are taking this drug, and more people are experiencing serious health problems as a result,” Public Citizen director Sidney Wolfe, MD, said in a statement. “Clearly, the FDA’s warning system is not sufficient. The drug should be taken off the market.”
Do You Have a Victoza Allergic Reaction Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Victoza lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Victoza side effects cases in all 50 states.
Free Victoza Allergic Reaction Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury you feel may have been caused by Victoza, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Victoza injury suit and we can help.