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Onglyza and Heart Disease

Heart disease and type 2 diabetes are two of the most common and deadly diseases American adults suffer from. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 600,000 people die from heart disease each year in the United States. This accounts for one out of every four deaths in the country annually. At the same time, approximately 29 million people, or one in eight Americans, suffer from type 2 diabetes. While diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices can help prevent these diseases or decrease their related symptoms, many American adults have to take various medications for these maladies.

Unfortunately, one of the most popularly prescribed type 2 diabetes medications has been shown to increase the risk of heart disease in patients being treated with it. Onglyza, the brand name for saxagliptin, was developed by pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009. Onglyza, when used along with diet and exercise, has been shown to keep a person’s blood sugar levels in check. However, recent studies show an increased risk of heart failure and other cardiovascular ailments in patients by as much as 30 percent.

If you or a loved one has experienced any sort of heart disease symptoms while on Onglyza, you need to contact a dedicated pharmaceutical litigation lawyer. For over 35 years, the legal team at the law offices of Farah & Farah has been fighting for the rights of injured individuals against large corporations. Let us put our experience to work in your case so you can get the settlement you deserve. Call Farah & Farah today for a free consultation at (800) 533-3555.

How Does Onglyza Work?

In simple terms, Onglyza works in three ways. The medication reduces the amount of glucagon secreted by the pancreas while inhibiting the liver from producing too much glucose. It also stimulates the body to produce more insulin after eating.

Studies About Onglyza

After reports began to surface proposing a link between treatment with Onglyza and heart failure, the FDA commissioned a study involving over 16,000 patients. In addition to finding a 30 percent increased risk of all heart ailments, it found that patients taking Onglyza had a 27 percent increased risk for being hospitalized for heart failure. While the information gleaned from the study didn’t result in the FDA taking Onglyza off the market or restricting its use, it did prompt the agency to require warnings of heart disease and failure to be listed on the product’s labeling.

Other Serious Onglyza Side Effects

Onglyza hasn’t only been linked to cardiovascular ailments, it’s also been associated with pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, and thyroid cancer. Many other less serious side effects such as nausea and vomiting, upper respiratory tract infections, diarrhea, headaches, and others have been reported to accompany Onglyza use. If you experience any side effects while taking Onglyza, it is important that you contact your prescribing physician immediately. They may suggest you try a different dosage of the drug or a different medication entirely.

Damages for Onglyza Side Effects

If you or a family member has suffered side effects from taking Onglyza, you or they may be entitled to compensation for any of the following damages:

  • Present and future medical bills related to the side effects
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish and emotional duress
  • 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

Onglyza Wrongful Death Damages

In the unfortunate event that you have lost a loved one due to heart failure, pancreatic cancer, or any other Onglyza related side effect, you and your family may entitled to any of the following wrongful death damages:

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

But don’t expect a giant pharmaceutical corporation to just hand you a settlement worthy of your losses. Their insurance companies retain armies of lawyers who specialize in reducing the amount of the payouts they are ordered compensate to injury victims and their families.

Contact an Onglyza Heart Disease Lawyer at Farah & Farah

To get the settlement you deserve, it is crucial that you be represented by strong pharmaceutical litigation attorney. The legal team at Farah & Farah has been standing up against large corporations on behalf of injury victims since 1979. We are now investigating Onglyza related injuries nationwide. Don’t let large corporations walk all over the rights of you and your family, call the Onglyza heart disease attorneys at Farah & Farah for a free case evaluation today at (800) 533-3555.


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