According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 29 million Americans have diabetes. Another 86 million adults in the U.S. suffer from prediabetes, which puts them at risk for developing the disease. As a Georgia Pharmaceutical Malpractice lawyer, I know firsthand how this can affect our friends, neighbors, and loved ones.
Because diabetes is such a major health crisis in the United States, it is not surprising that drug companies have begun to aggressively market drugs designed to treat blood sugar levels.
One drug, Onglyza, has come under scrutiny for safety concerns after patients developed cardiovascular problems while taking the drug.
What Is Onglyza?
Manufactured by Bristol-Myers-Squibb/AstraZeneca, Onglyza is a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor that stimulates the body to produce insulin. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009, Onglyza is one of a class of these drugs that has earned billions on the market.
According to a preliminary review by the FDA, Onglyza may be associated with an increased rate of death due to heart failure. Although the drug supposedly did not result in an increased risk of heart failure in clinical trials, a “more detailed analysis” of Onglyza revealed “a significantly increased risk of all-cause mortality.” The analysis, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, revealed a 27 percent increase in heart failure risk among diabetes patients taking the drug.
In February 2014, the FDA released a safety warning stating its concerns about Onglyza’s link to heart failure in diabetes patients. Although the FDA has not issued a recall, it has ordered Onglyza’s makers to include an additional warning on the label.
Since Onglyza hit the market, hundreds of individuals and families have come forward, claiming the drug led to heart failure. The lawsuits filed allege the drug maker failed to conduct enough testing to determine the drug was truly safe before offering it to consumers. A Georgia Pharmaceutical Malpractice lawyer could file a similiar lawsuit on your behalf if you or a loved one experienced these symptoms after taking Onglyza.
Georgia Pharmaceutical Malpractice Law Firm
As a Georgia Pharmaceutical Malpractice lawyer for two decades, as well as a licensed pharmacist, I know how devastating families feel when a loved one is lost due to a defective or dangerous pharmaceutical. If you have been injured while taking Onglyza, or you believe a loved one died due to heart failure caused by Onglyza, contact my office today at (912) 265-9811 to discuss your case.
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