On April 19, 2012, consumer watchdog group Public Citizen filed a petition with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) demanding that the diabetes drug Victoza (generic: liraglutide) be recalled nationwide because it had been linked to kidney failure and other serious side effects. In its petition, Public Citizen claimed that Victoza’s many risks were not justified by any potential benefits, seeing as there are a number of other diabetes medications on the market that have been found to be safe. Signs and symptoms of Victoza-induced kidney failure may include bloody stools, bad breath, easy bruising, and decreased sensation in the hands or feet.
Free Victoza Kidney Failure 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 suit against the manufacturer of Victoza and we can help.
What’s the Problem with Victoza?
Manufactured and marketed by Novo Nordisk, Victoza is a type 2 prescription diabetes drug that was approved for use on the U.S. market in January 2010. The drug’s sales skyrocketed immediately after being approved, and within a year reached ‘blockbuster’ status, generating an astronomical $1.1 billion in 2011. At the time of its approval, the FDA stated that it believed Victoza’s benefits outweighed its risks, which included kidney failure, a condition that occurs when the kidneys become damaged and waste products and fluid builds up in the blood. This can cause potentially life-threatening health complications.
Kidney Failure Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of Victoza-induced kidney failure may include:
- little or no urine when attempting to urinate
- swelling, especially in the legs and feet
- lack of appetite
- feeling confused, anxious, restless or sleepy
- pain in the lower back just below the rib cage (flank pain)
Some patients with kidney failure may not experience any of these symptoms, and for those who are already quite ill, the problem that’s causing the kidney failure may be causing other symptoms as well.
Treatment & Prognosis (Outlook)
Treatment for kidney failure involves attempting to address the underlying problem that is causing the kidneys to fail. Depending on the cause of the condition, treatment may include restoring blood flow to the kidneys, discontinuing medications like Victoza that may be causing the problem, or removing a blockage in the urinary tract.
Once the root of the problem is identified, the doctor will attempt to stop wastes from building up in the body. The patient may undergo dialysis, a treatment that uses a machine to do the work of the kidneys until they recover. Antibiotics and other prescription medications may be prescribed to prevent infections and keep the body’s minerals in balance.
About half of patients suffering from kidney failure can be treated successfully, and treatment usually takes a few days or weeks. These people’s kidneys work well enough for them to live normal, happy and productive lives. Other, more serious cases of kidney failure eventually lead to chronic kidney disease. These individuals may require regular dialysis or a kidney transplant. Older patients and those who are sick from other medical conditions may not get better. People who succumb to the disease usually end up doing so because of the health problem that caused their kidneys to fail in the first place.
Victoza Side Effects
In addition to increasing the risk for kidney failure, Victoza has also recently been linked to the following serious side effects:
Do You Have a Victoza Kidney Failure 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 Kidney Failure 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.