Onglyza Heart Failure and Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuits Update in 2021
Drug Injury , Mass Tort
Diabetes rates have been steadily rising over the years, perhaps due to poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle worldwide. This is an irreversible condition that can lead to heart disease and amputation if not treated in a timely manner. Since diabetics do not produce sufficient amounts of insulin due to pancreas malfunction, they must supplement it in the form of injections or pills. One such pill that received a positive response from the public and the scientific and medical communities is Onglyza, a medication that stimulates the production of a hormone called incretin which stands in for insulin, helping the body raise its level of insulin over time particularly after eating, preventing insulin excess and other complications. While Onglyza initially seemed like a home run with regard to diabetes management, questions and doubts about its efficacy and safety started to surface when individuals taking this medication long-term started to suffer cardiovascular events and even certain types of aggressive cancers. Over time, numerous American and English studies showed a heightened risk of heart disease in patients that took Onglyza over a certain period of time, a fact that was obscured by the makers of this blockbuster drug in just so they could continue making money off it.
Did you take Onglyza for over 6 months, and were you diagnosed with heart disease, suffered a stroke or any other coronary event? The Onglyza class action attorneys at McCready Law would love to help get you compensated by helping you join multidistrict litigation proceedings, which is a form of class action litigation that is more personalized and efficient given the different effects Onglyza had on different patients. We have partnered with other class action law firms in the country to handle mass tort claims for drug injury claims, and we’d love to be able to help you get the justice and compensation that you truly deserve. Please call our Onglyza lawsuit attorneys NOW at (773) 900-5566 to learn more about your legal options for compensation.
The FDA approved Onglyza back in 2009 in the treatment of Type II diabetes. It belongs to a class of drugs called dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors, which work by inhibiting an enzyme called DPP-4. By doing this, the pancreas produces more insulin which in the end lowers blood sugar, helping diabetics manage their blood sugar.
What’s great about Onglyza is that it doesn’t cause weight gain like most medications that are used to control diabetes. This helps patients avoid obesity complications, making it easy for them to manage both their weight and diabetes for much longer. Onglyza rakes in average yearly revenue of over $700, and it is one of the to-go medications in the US in the management of diabetes.
Here are some of the health risks associated with the use of Onglyza:
- Heart failure
- Pancreatic cancer
- Congestive heart failure
It is estimated that 1 in every 4 deaths in the United States is due to heart or cardiovascular death, making it the most common cause of death in the country. Heart failure usually occurs when one’s heart doesn’t pump the volume of blood needed by the body that is sufficient to facilitate oxygenation of the body for an extended period of time. Heart failure unfortunately gets worst with time, and may lead to death if not treated or managed in an effective and timely manner.
Onglyza and Heart Failure – The Facts
In 2015, the FDA took up an investigation to determine whether and how Onglyza causes cardiovascular complications. Upon concluding investigations, the government agency asked that warnings be placed on the medication in order to let consumers and patients alike know about the risk of heart failure and cardiovascular complications so they could make informed decisions before starting up on medication course.
Here are some of the warning signs of heart failure associated with Onglyza use:
- Weight gain
- Difficulty breathing
- Appetite loss
- Abdomen enlargement
- Fatigue and weakness
- Frequent urination at night
- Swelling of the legs, feet and ankles
- Heart palpitations
- Shortness of breath
- A persistent cough
- Neck veins that bulge
On top of cardiovascular complications, there have been reports of Onglyza causing pancreatitis and even pancreatic cancer in some patients. In 2013, the FDA announced that it was looking at studies that showed an increase in pancreatitis in individuals that took incretin mimetic drugs such as Onglyza, as well as the development of pancreatic precancerous cells. Shortly after, a study in the journal Diabetes showed that incretin therapy was shown to cause an increase in the development of abnormal cells in the pancreas, setting the stage for the flourishing of pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatitis signs to watch out for include:
- Stool that is oily
- Abdominal pain that goes all the way to the back
- Unexplainable weight loss
- Skin and eyes yellowing
- Abdominal swelling
- Fever and increased heart rate
- Abdominal discomfort, especially after eating foods high in fat
There have been no recalls for Onglyza and similar diabetes management medications to date. However, litigation in the form of MDL or multi-district litigation was instituted in February 2018 to group together legal claims surrounding Onglyza side-effects so they could be handled in a more efficient manner.
You may have an Onglyza lawsuit claim if you suffered any of the following:
- Heart failure
- Pancreatic cancer
- Or if a loved one died as a result of taking the medication.
Do I Have a Valid Onglyza Claim?
Before filing your Onglyza lawsuit, please take some time to see a physician to get started on medical treatment and asking them about whether or not it is safe to continue with your Onglyza medication. In addition, you must maintain all prescription slips and bottles as well as any packaging and doctor’s notes as all these will form the nexus of your Onglyza lawsuit. Compensation for heart failure or pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer complications brought on by Onglyza will include damages for present and future medical bills, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, mental anguish, physical pain, loss of consortium or companionship, and so much more.
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Were you hurt by Onglyza? We’d love to help you get the justice and compensation you are rightfully owed. Please contact us NOW at (773) 900-5566 to learn more about your legal options for compensation. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.