Ozempic, generically known as semaglutide, was first approved in 2017 by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in adults with type 2 diabetes. Made by Novo Nordisk, Ozempic has become incredibly popular not just for the treatment of diabetes but also as a treatment for weight loss. Even though this medication is not officially approved for weight loss, many physicians are prescribing Ozempic for this purpose.
Unfortunately, there have been complications associated with Ozempic. At Meinhart, Smith & Manning, PLLC, we are here to help if you need a Louisville Ozempic lawsuit lawyer by your side. We want to examine the facts of your case and determine whether or not you have a claim for compensation.
Ozempic has been hailed as a miracle drug, and millions of Americans are taking the drug for diabetes or for weight loss. The drug is effective – of that, there is no doubt.
Ozempic mimics a naturally occurring hormone in the body, and as those hormone levels rise, this convinces the brain that the stomach is full and that there is no need to take in additional food. This medication also slows down digestion, which increases the time it takes for food to leave the body.
However, just like any other medication, there can be complications.
Novo Nordisk has previously warned users of Ozempic that the medication could cause an increased risk of thyroid cancer. However, they failed to warn consumers about potentially dangerous gallbladder issues that could arise as a result of the medication.
In August of 2022, the journal JAMA Internal Medicine published a research letter that revealed Ozempic and similar drugs on the market appeared to be linked to a risk of gallbladder problems, including acute gallbladder disease and gallstones. This review was based on findings by the Food and Drug Administration, using the Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).
The data indicated that individuals who used Ozempic for type-2 diabetes displayed a much higher rate of gallbladder issues, particularly acute gallbladder disease (acute cholecystitis). This means that there is a chance the gallbladder could become suddenly inflamed, and this is usually caused by gallstones blocking the tube that leads out of the gallbladder. This is considered a serious condition that must be treated in the hospital. This often involves the surgical removal of the entire gallbladder.
Complications related to Ozempic gallbladder issues can lead to major expenses for victims. Not only does this include emergency and ongoing medical expenses but also lost wages if a victim is unable to work, as well as significant pain and suffering.
If you or somebody you care about has experienced significant health complications after taking Ozempic, we encourage you to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible. At Meinhart, Smith & Manning, PLLC, our Louisville Ozempic lawsuit attorneys can help investigate your claim and determine the best steps moving forward to recover the compensation you need. We encourage you to reach out to a member of our team as soon as possible because there are specific timelines in place for filing these claims in court. You can contact us for a free consultation by filling out our contact form or calling us at (502) 589-2700.