In clinical trials, some patients taking the type 2 diabetes drug Victoza (generic: liraglutide) developed pancreatitis. Prior to the drug’s approval by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010, there was already concern that Victoza causes pancreatitis because previous studies showed that Byetta, another diabetes drug in the same class as Victoza, caused the formation of pancreatitis in laboratory rats. If you have taken Victoza and subsequently been diagnosed with pancreatitis, you may be at risk of developing full-blown pancreatic cancer.
Free Victoza 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 suit against the manufacturer of Victoza and we can help.
How Can Victoza Cause Pancreatitis?
It has recently been found that incretin mimetic diabetes drugs like Victoza have the potential to cause pancreatitis. In pre-approval clinical trials, seven Victoza users developed pancreatitis. Five cases were described as ‘acute’ pancreatitis, characterized by a sudden and severe onset of the disease, and the other two were chronic and developed slowly over a long period of time. One of the seven patients with pancreatitis eventually developed pancreal necrosis and subsequently died, although it is unclear whether Victoza played a role in the death.
Victoza warning labels describe the symptoms of pancreatitis as “persistent severe abdominal pain, sometimes radiating to the back and which may or may not be accompanied by vomiting.” The warning also states that Victoza may cause:
- tissue damage
- cellular necrosis
If the pancreas hemorrhages, fluids released can affect the functioning of nearby organs. In severe cases, acute pancreatitis has been known to be fatal. Anyone experiencing characteristic symptoms should contact their doctor right away.
In March 2013, the FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication informing the public and medical communities that it is in the process of evaluating unpublished studies which linked Victoza with pancreatitis and abnormal cellular changes known as “pancreatic duct metaplasia.” The administration is requesting that the research teams provide it with their methodologies and tissue samples used in the studies.
Do I Have a Victoza 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 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.