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Onglyza Associated with Pancreatic Cancer

Almost thirty million Americans suffer from diabetes. About 90 to 95 percent of these diabetics suffer from type 2 diabetes. This large number of potential customers has prompted the pharmaceutical industry to produce a rash of new medications to treat the disease. While some of these new medications work well and are safe, others are questionable in their effect and may carry severe, life threatening side effects. One of these drugs whose safety has been called into question is Onglyza.

Onglyza is the brand name of the medication saxagliptin, which was developed and marketed by the Swedish and British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. Onglyza was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009. But, Onglyza has been recently shown to have some dangerous side effects, such as heart failure, pancreatitis, infections, and pancreatic cancer. If you’ve suffered side effects after being prescribed Onglyza, or lost a loved one who had been taking Onglyza, you may be able to pursue compensation for any damages related to using the drug.

Onglyza pancreatic cancer lawyers at Farah & Farah are currently investigating injuries related to Onglyza use nationwide. For a free consultation, call (800) 533-3555.

How Onglyza Works

When a person has diabetes, their body doesn’t produce enough of the hormones insulin and glucagon to control blood glucose (sugar). Both insulin and glucagon are produced by the pancreas gland. Onglyza is a member of a class of drugs known as incretin mimetics, meaning that it imitates incretin hormones that stimulate insulin production in the pancreas. This helps establish a safe, healthy level of sugar in the body’s system.

Side Effects of Onglyza

While Onglyza appears to be an effective treatment for diabetes in some people, it’s also been linked to serious side effects. A 2013 study in the medical journal Diabetes looked at findings of researchers who conducted autopsies on 20 recently deceased diabetes patients. Eight of these patients were found to have enlarged pancreases with a significantly higher number of beta cells and pre-cancerous cell formation. It turned out that those eight deceased diabetes patients were the patients that had been treated with incretin mimetic medications like Onglyza. That same year, researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that diabetic patients admitted to the hospital for pancreatitis were twice as likely to have been treated with incretin mimetic medications.

Besides the links found between Onglyza and pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis, the medication has also been associated with heart failure, upper respiratory tract infection, urinary tract infection, skin reactions (such as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome), and thyroid cancer.

What is Pancreatic Cancer?

Pancreatic cancer is a devastating disease that often requires surgery to remove pancreas tissue. The survival rate for pancreatic cancer is very low. In fact, less than five percent of those diagnosed with the disease survive more than five years. Onglyza use has been proven to increase chances of developing pancreatic cancer.

Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer

The initial symptoms of pancreatic cancer can be very mild, which is why often not diagnosed until its later stages. If you or a family member begins to suffer any of the following symptoms, seek out a physician immediately:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Diabetes (if the pancreas stops producing insulin)
  • Abdominal swelling or tenderness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea and indigestion
  • Malnutrition or dehydration
  • Urine is dark or cola colored
  • Stools are light or clay colored
  • Malaise (generally feeling unwell)

Damages In An Onglyza Claim

If you have suffered from side effects related to being prescribed 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

Wrongful Death Damages

In the unfortunate event that you’ve lost a loved one due to side effects of 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

Contact Onglyza Pancreatic Cancer Attorneys at Farah & Farah

Farah & Farah’s Onglyza attorneys are currently investigating nationwide injury claims related to Onglyza use. We are not afraid to go face to face with the pharmaceutical giants and their armies of attorneys. For more information, call us at (800) 533-3555.


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