Victoza is a medication that helps adults with diabetes control blood-sugar levels. Since it was approved in 2010, Victoza has been linked to higher risks of pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, and thyroid cancer.
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What is Victoza?
Victoza (liraglutide) is a once-daily, injection diabetes medication. It works by stimulating the pancreas to produce more insulin after a person eats food. Victoza is sold by the drug company Novo Nordisk. It was approved by the FDA in January 2010.
Victoza Side Effects
Study Links Victoza and Pancreatic Cancer
In June 2016, the LEADER study found that Victoza reduced the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death from cardiovascular events by 13%. However, 15 patients on Victoza developed pancreatic cancer, compared to 5 in the placebo group, out of roughly 4,670 patients in each group. Click here to read more.
FDA Warning for Victoza
More and more people have reported severe side effects after taking Victoza. In response, the FDA made changes to the Victoza label in June 2011. The new labels warn about an increased risk of acute pancreatitis and thyroid C-cell tumors (thyroid cancer) in rodent studies.
Because many diabetes drugs target the pancreas, acute pancreatitis is a common side effect of diabetes drugs. However, the risk with Victoza may be significantly higher than for other diabetes drugs. One study found that pancreatitis was 3.7-times more common in Victoza patients.
In the first 17 months of Victoza being on the market, 200 patients were diagnosed with acute pancreatitis. This severe side effect occurs when there is a sudden inflammation of the pancreas. Left untreated, pancreatic tissue can begin to hemorrhage and die, leading to pancreatic organ failure.
Petition to Ban Victoza
In April 2012, the advocacy group Public Citizen petitioned the FDA to ban Victoza. In June 2014, the FDA received yet another petition to ban Victoza due to the risk of side effects like pancreatitis (pancreatic inflammation). Click here to read more.
Victoza Lawsuits Centralized in MDL
In August 2013, federal judges centralized more than 50 lawsuits involving diabetes drugs into the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Plaintiffs allege that Victoza caused their pancreatic cancer or the wrongful death of a family member. Click here to read more.
Victoza Class Action Lawsuit
As of June 2016, around 800 lawsuits had been filed against the manufacturers of Victoza, Byetta, Januvia, and other incretin mimetic diabetes drugs. These lawsuits accuse drug-makers of failing to warn about the risk of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. However, they are not consolidated into a Victoza class action. Instead, they are part of a federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2452) in federal court in California.
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