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What if Onglyza Causes Your Heart to Fail?

By January 13, 2017October 22nd, 2018Medical Malpractice, Product Liability

Those with Type 2 Diabetes have a few treatment options available to them, and with the growing numbers of patients encountering Type 2 Diabetes diagnoses, more companies are coming out with medications to help. However, some of these medications are now presenting unique complications and side-effects that can impact a patient’s life forever.

Onglyza is a hypoglycemic medication that helps ensure safe insulin levels in a Type 2 Diabetic patient. Unfortunately, this life-saving and essential medication may also lead to risks.

Starting in 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) started investigating complaints into the medication. They noticed a link between the medication and heart failure, and earlier in 2016 they released an official warning that the medication could increase the likelihood of heart failure in some patients. This is especially true for patients who have kidney disease or other heart conditions already.

For those who are injured by this medication, there are options.

How Onglyza Affects the Heart

This inhibitor can lower blood sugar in adults suffering from Type 2 Diabetes. Most patients take this medication orally, and then combine that with diet and exercise to remain healthy. However, the drug has known effects, especially for those who have a history of heart and kidney complications.

The FDA warnings issued in 2016 stated serious side-effects that include:

  • Inflammation of the pancreas;
  • Heart failures; and
  • Severe cases of pancreatitis.

Those with existing heart conditions were more likely to be hospitalized for these side-effects than those receiving a placebo in the FDA study.

Receiving Legal Assistance

As with most medication injuries, it is imperative for a patient to contact a medical malpractice attorney. The medication was created by the pharmaceutical manufacturer AstraZeneca. As a drug manufacturer, they are liable for known side-effects and risks associated with their pharmaceutical products. Under the product liability laws that govern such companies, they are required by law to design safe products for consumer consumption.

If you suffer from Type 2 Diabetes and you were prescribed this medication and suffered an injury as a result, you may have a claim against the manufacturer, physician, or clinic that prescribed the medication to you.

You must first speak with a malpractice and product liability attorney to evaluate your case. The team at Carey, Danis & Lowe can assist you. Contact them today to schedule a consultation toll-free at 877-678-3400 or request more information online.