Pennsylvania Onglyza Heart Failure Lawyers
Fighting for Victims of Dangerous & Defective Drugs
Being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes is a life-changing event. For the rest of your life, you will need to watch what you eat and monitor your glucose levels. Your doctor will prescribe medication that will help you with your disease. But what if that drug can cause more harm than good?
That may be the case for those who have taken Onglyza and, at Fellerman & Ciarimboli Law PC, we are here to help. Since 2000, our personal injury lawyers have been fighting for the rights of the injured and the families of those wrongfully killed throughout the state of Pennsylvania. We understand the pain and anger that you must feel after realizing that the very medication that was prescribed to help you did nothing but cause harm. That’s why we’re ready to fight for your rights, both inside and outside the courtroom, and do everything in our power to make sure you get the rightful compensation you are owed. Our aggressive approach has helped us successfully secure more than $110 million for our clients over the years.
The Deadly Risk of Onglyza
Onglyza (saxagliptin) is used to treat and manage Type 2 diabetes. The drug, manufactured by AstraZeneca, regulates the levels of insulin in your body after you have a meal and is used as part of a treatment program that includes diet, exercise, and, possibly, other medications.
Since Type 2 diabetes patients have an increased risk of cardiovascular complications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended to new Type 2 diabetes drug makers in 2008 to provide evidence that their drugs do not increase cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks or heart failure.
Although Onglyza met the FDA’s safety criteria, a post-marketing study found that out of 16,000 randomly chosen patients, 27 percent of patients taking the medication were more likely to be hospitalized for heart failure. The SAVOR study also found that there was a significant increase in “all-cause mortality” rate among Onglyza users. In addition to an increased risk of heart failure, Onglyza could lead to severe joint pain, pancreatic cancer, and thyroid cancer.
Symptoms of Heart Failure
Because heart failure is so deadly, it is absolutely critical that you are able to recognize the signs of heart failure in yourself and others. At the first sign that something is wrong, call 911 or go immediately to the hospital and seek medical attention.
The main warning signs of heart failure include:
- Shortness of breath
- A persistent cough or wheezing
- Swelling in the lower extremities or abdomen
- Diminished appetite
- Impaired cognitive ability
- Increased heart rate
Since the release of the study, the FDA determined that Onglyza must be updated to include a warning that outlines the risk of heart failure on its label. But, because the warning label for heart failure risks was not added until 2016, many people have already taken this drug not knowing the potential consequences.
The Onglyza Heart Failure Lawsuit
Because the drug manufacturer failed to alert Onglyza users about the potential risks of taking its product, including the life-threatening risk of heart failure, AstraZeneca may be liable for any injury that occurred because of the use of the drug. This includes heart failure, pancreas issues, thyroid cancer, and other severe complications.
In addition, if your loved one lost his or her life due to heart failure, thyroid cancer, or pancreas issues after taking Onglyza, you may have grounds to bring a wrongful death claim against the manufacturer.
How Fellerman & Ciarimboli Law PC Can Help
Our Pennsylvania Onglyza lawyers understand how difficult it can be to learn that a drug that was supposed to help you has endangered your life. That’s why we have spent decades fighting for victims of defective drugs and other products throughout Pennsylvania. By filing a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of Onglyza, you may be able to recover monetary damages.
While every case is different, many victims of defective medications and other products are able to recover compensation for the following damages:
- Any medical expenses you have incurred, such as surgery or ongoing care
- Lost wages/income
- Future lost earnings due to disability
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress
Act Quickly to Protect Your Right to File a Claim
In Pennsylvania, you only have two years to file a claim. This means that you must act within two years of the date you first learned (or should have learned) that you sustained injuries or complications due to taking Onglyza. The time to act is now—don’t wait to contact our legal team to learn how we can help!
At Fellerman & Ciarimboli Law PC, we have successfully recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for injured victims throughout the state. With offices in Philadelphia, Scranton, and Wilkes-Barre, we are ready to help you navigate the legal process as fight for the justice you deserve.