According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes. That number will keep rapidly growing as the population ages. An estimated 90 to 95 percent of diabetes sufferers have type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes has caught the attention of the pharmaceutical industry, who sees a fertile marketplace for new medications. One of these newer diabetes medications is Onglyza. Onglyza has been prescribed to millions of Americans since it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009. However, recent studies have linked the medication to respiratory and urinary tract infection, and such diseases as heart disease, pancreatitis, and pancreatic cancer.
If you were prescribed Onglyza or lost a loved one who was prescribed Onglyza, you may be able to file a pharmaceutical medical malpractice lawsuit or pharmaceutical wrongful death claim. To find out more about your legal rights and options, contact a skilled attorney. The legal team at Farah & Farah can answer any questions you may have regarding an Onglyza lawsuit and can represent you throughout every phase of your claim.
The Onglyza Pancreatitis lawyers at Farah & Farah are investigating pharmaceutical injuries related to Onglyza use nationwide. Dial (800) 533-3555 for more information.
What is the Pancreas and What Does it Do?
The pancreas is a large and important gland in your body that releases digestive enzymes into the small intestines and releases the hormones insulin and glucagon into the bloodstream. A healthy pancreas is vital to the digestion of food, absorbing nutrients, and controlling blood sugar.
What is Pancreatitis?
Pancreatitis is a disease in which the pancreas gland becomes inflamed. This is caused by the digestive enzymes being activated before they’re released into the small intestine, and thus they begin to attack the pancreas itself. Pancreatitis can cause severe and lasting damage to the pancreas if not treated promptly. There are two types of pancreatitis, acute and chronic. Here are the difference between the two:
- Acute Pancreatitis: the sudden onset of inflammation in the gland that lasts for just a short time. It can cause pain that is mildly discomforting all the way to agonizing. With proper treatment, most patients can fully recover from acute pancreatitis. But, in more severe cases, it can cause infection, serious tissue damage, bleeding into the gland, and the formation of cysts. Severe acute pancreatitis can also lead to the injury of other organs, such as the kidneys, heart, and lungs.
- Chronic Pancreatitis: the long lasting inflammation of the gland that often occurs after an episode of acute pancreatitis. Treatment of chronic pancreatitis can be difficult and may include treatment with insulin and pancreatic enzymes. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to open up the blockage of a duct in the pancreas.
What is Onglyza?
Onglyza is the brand name for the medication saxagliptin. It was developed and marketed by the multinational Swedish-British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. Onglyza is an incretin mimetic medication that works by increasing the production of insulin by the pancreas. In 2013, a study in the medical journal Diabetics showed that medications like Onglyza might actually increase a patient’s risk for pancreatitis that can lead to the development of pancreatic cancer. The results of this study prompted the FDA to issue a safety communication for Onglyza and similar drugs.
Damages in an Onglyza Injury Claim
If you or a family member has been prescribed Onglyza and have suffered an episode of pancreatitis or any other side effect, you may be able to pursue compensation for any of the following damages:
- Past, current, and future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent injury or disability
Lost wages from missed work
- Loss of career or earning capacity
- Diminished earning capacity
- Mental anguish and emotional duress
- Hedonic damages for loss of joy of life
- Punitive damages
- Wrongful death damages if the medication caused the death of a loved one
We take medications to improve our health, not damage it. If testing by a drug manufacturer was inadequate, or if important safety information was withheld from customers and health practitioners by that company, they are guilty of one of the worst types of negligence. To get compensation for damages you suffered due to the negligence of a medication manufacturer, it is vital that you have the guidance of a dedicated Onglyza injury attorney.
Contact Our Onglyza Pancreatitis Attorneys
For over 35 years, the skilled legal team at Farah & Farah has successfully represented people who have suffered from the negligence of large corporations. We are now investigating nationwide pharmaceutical litigation claims related to Onglyza use. Call (800) 533-3555 to begin your road to recovery.