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Onglyza and Adverse Heart Reactions

When we take a prescribed medication, we do so to improve our health, not to threaten our lives. Unfortunately, some medications designed to improve our health can sometimes cause painful side effects. This is the case with the popularly prescribed type 2 diabetes drug Onglyza. Onglyza works by stimulating the pancreas gland to produce more insulin which diabetics do not have enough of in their system. In the medication’s brief history, however, it has been linked to severe side effects, and even death.

If you have been prescribed Onglyza and experienced side effects, or if you have lost a loved one who was prescribed Onglyza, you may be able to pursue compensation in a pharmaceutical injury lawsuit against the drug’s manufacturer. But, making a legal claim against a pharmaceutical giant can be a daunting task for an individual unfamiliar with the intricacies of the law.

To get the settlement you and your family deserve, it is important to secure the representation of a tenacious and aggressive drug injury attorney. Farah & Farah is currently investigating injuries related to Onglyza use nationwide. For a free consultation, call our office today at (800) 533-3555.

The Facts About Onglyza

Developed and marketed by the multinational Swedish-British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, Onglyza is the brand name for the medication saxagliptin. It uses a two pronged method of controlling a diabetes patient’s blood glucose (sugar) by stimulating the pancreas to produce more insulin and preventing the liver from producing more glucose. It is classified as a incretin mimetics DPP-4 inhibitor, similar to the medications Januvia, Trajenta, Combiglyze, Janumet, and Jentadueto. It was approved as a diabetes medication by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009.

Onglyza Linked to Risk of Heart Failure

As early as 2008, the FDA told the drug’s manufacturer that it had to prove that Onglyza didn’t increase the risk of negative cardiovascular issues. But, no conclusive studies took place until 2014. In 2014, the FDA ordered a clinical trial to investigate any connection between the medication and heart failure. A study was performed using 16,000 subjects. A shocking 27 percent more patients treated with Onglyza were hospitalized for heart failure than the control group. Because of this study, the FDA ordered stronger warnings of the risk of heart problems be added to Onglyza’s label.

Deaths Linked to Onglyza

In 2015, a Chicago resident named Rochelle Gibson filed a wrongful death lawsuit against AstraZeneca on behalf of her late mother, Lillie Ree Gibson. Lillie began taking Onglyza for diabetes in 2010, when it was prescribed by her doctor. A year later, she was hospitalized for heart failure for the first time. Two years later, she was hospitalized twice and eventually passed away due to heart problems. Her daughter, filed a wrongful death suit against the drug’s manufacturer.

Other Health Issues Linked to Onglyza

A rash of other serious side effects have been connected with the use of this medication, including:

  • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Skin reactions (such as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome)
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pancreas cancer
  • Thyroid cancer

Compensation for Your Pharmaceutical Injury

If you or a family member has suffered heart problems or other side effects that you suspect are related to Onglyza use, you could pursue compensation for any of the following damages:

  • Current medical bills
  • Future medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Permanent injury or disability
  • Mental anguish and emotional duress
  • Lost wages from missed work
  • Loss of career or earning capacity
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Damages for loss of joy of life
  • Punitive damages

Damages for Wrongful Death

In the tragic event that you’ve lost a loved one who had been prescribed Onglyza, you and your family could be eligible for compensation for any of the following damages:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering of the deceased before they died
  • Loss of future income
  • Loss of future benefits (such as medical benefits and retirement benefits)
  • Mental anguish and emotional duress
  • Loss of household duties the deceased performed (such as childcare, vehicle and property maintenance, chores, repairs, etc.)
  • Loss of love, affection, companionship, guidance, marital consortium, etc.
  • Punitive damages

Like manufacturers of any product, pharmaceutical manufacturers need to be sure the medications they produce are generally safe for the public. Failure to do so is careless and negligent. If you have lost a loved one or had your health compromised by taking a prescription medication, you deserve compensation.

Contact an Onglyza Adverse Heart Reaction Attorney at Farah & Farah

To get a settlement worthy of you and your family’s loss, it is crucial that you have a dedicated pharmaceutical injury litigator on your side. Farah & Farah has represented injury clients since 1979. Our Onglyza claim lawyers are currently investigating nationwide drug injury claims.

Call Farah & Farah for a free consultation. We can be reached at (800) 533-3555.


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The pharmaceutical litigation attorneys at Farah & Farah go after negligent corporations that put unsuspecting consumers in harm's way. Pharmaceutical companies not only have a duty to manufacture drugs that are safe, but they also have the obligation to warn consumers regarding dangerous side effects that can be caused by these drugs.

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