It has recently come to the public’s attention that diabetes drugs like Victoza can cause pancreatic cancer. This disease occurs when abnormal cells mutate and form tumors within the pancreas, hindering its ability to function properly. Clinical trials have suggested that Victoza can create these changes within the pancreas, thus leading to pancreatic cancer.
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How Can Victoza Cause Pancreatic Cancer?
A growing body within the scientific community has voiced concerns that incretin mimetic diabetes medications like Victoza may have the ability to cause pancreatic cancer, a potentially deadly disease caused by abnormal cellular growth in the pancreas. A 2011 study published in the medical journal Gastroenterology determined that Byetta (another incretin mimetic in the same class as Victoza) was associated with a 2.9 times increased risk of pancreatic cancer. Peter Butler, one of the authors of the study, has called for additional research to better understand the link between between incretin mimetics and pancreatic cancer.
“The data we have so far makes the question sufficiently robust that it has to be answered,” Butler stated. “Hopefully this debate will raise the awareness of the scientific community, so that people will be motivated to join in the research.” Edwin Gale, an endocrinologist at the University of Bristol, UK, agreed with Butler, pointing out that “Pancreatitis may be just the tip of the iceberg, and it’s the iceberg that concerns me.”
Pancreatic cancer is relatively rare as far as cancers go, but is one of the most aggressive forms of the disease; most people survive less than two years after being diagnosed. Nearly 45,000 individuals will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year alone, and close to 38,000 of these people will succumb to the disease. Studies have shown that patients with pancreatic cancer may have an increased risk for diabetes, but it’s unclear how diabetes – and the medications used to manage it – may have the potential to cause pancreatic cancer risks in previously cancer-free people.
Click here to read more about Victoza pancreatic cancer causes from Bloomberg News.
Do I Have a Victoza Pancreatic Cancer 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 pancreatic cancer cases in all 50 states.
Free Victoza Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after taking Victoza, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Victoza suit and we can help.