The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a federal agency charged with protecting public health through the regulation and safety supervision of food, tobacco products, dietary supplements, prescriptions, over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs, vaccines, biopharmaceuticals, blood transfusions, and medical devices. As you can see, they have their hands full. This is why certain products, such as prescription medications, can sometimes be approved by the FDA, only to be later removed from the market when safety problems are discovered.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a side effect from a medication or medical device approved by the FDA, it is essential that you contact a dedicated pharmaceutical litigation attorney.
The legal team at Farah & Farah has been successfully representing personal injury and wrongful death victims since 1979. We’re now investigating injuries and wrongful deaths related to Onglyza use nationwide. We consider it our mission to fight for people against large corporations and their insurance companies. Call Farah & Farah today at (800) 533-3555. Your first consultation is free.
Initial FDA Approval of Onglyza
Onglyza, the brand name for the drug saxagliptin, was initially approved by the FDA for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in 2009. Onglyza was developed and marketed as a joint venture of two pharmaceutical giants: AstraZeneca and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.
Onglyza Side Effects
Onglyza is now among the most commonly prescribed medications in the country. But, Onglyza has its dangers. The following are reported side effects linked to treatment with Onglyza:
- Upper respiratory tract infection
- Urinary tract infection
- Inflammation of the pancreas (also called Pancreatisis, this is a serious condition that can lead to permanent injury and even death)
- Pain in the abdomen
- Pancreatic cancer (Onglyza has been linked to the development of this disease)
- Heart failure (wrongful death lawsuits have been filed against the drug’s manufacturer for a heart failure deaths related to Onglyza use)
- Skin reactions (such as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome)
- Thyroid cancer
FDA Votes to Increase Warnings on Onglyza Labels
In early 2015, a panel of 15 members of the FDA’s Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee met. They voted 14 to one to update the warning label on Onglyza, primarily for the increased risk of heart failure. The panel cited a SAVOR study of nearly 17,000 patients with type 2 diabetes who had established cardiovascular disease or were at high risk for cardiovascular disease and were being treated with Onglyza. Of that group, well over a thousand patients experienced hospitalization for major cardiac issues, including heart failure. This represented a “27 percent increase in the rate of the first event of hospitalization for heart failure and a potential increased risk for all-cause mortality,” according to the FDA panel.
Damages in an Onglyza Personal Injury Lawsuit
If you have suffered heart failure or any harmful side effect from your treatment with Onglyza, you may be able to pursue compensation for any of the following damages:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical bills related to your side effects (such as surgeries, etc.)
- Pain and suffering
- Costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Permanent injury or disability
- Lost wages
- Loss of career or earning capacity
- Reduced earning capacity
- Hedonic damages for loss of joy of life
- Punitive damages
Damages in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
If tragedy strikes and you lose a loved one who was being treated with Onglyza, you and your family may be able to pursue compensation for any of the following wrongful death 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)
Loss of love, affection, companionship, guidance, marital consortium, etc.
- Loss of household duties the deceased performed (such as childcare, property and vehicle maintenance, chores, etc.)
- Punitive damages
Legal claims against large pharmaceutical corporations are complicated affairs involving powerful insurance companies and their legions of attorneys. This is why you need a skilled, tenacious, and aggressive legal team of your own to represent your case.
Contact Our Onglyza Lawyers
For over 35 years, Farah & Farah has been successfully standing up for injured people and their families against corporate giants. We are currently investigating injuries and wrongful deaths related to Onglyza use nationwide. We can help you get the settlement you deserve so you can heal and move on with your life. Just call (800) 533-3555 for a free consultation with our Onglyza lawsuit attorneys.