We all want to believe that any drug our physician prescribes will help a condition—not cause us more harm—right? While that should always be the case, sometimes it doesn’t work that way. In fact, the FDA recently issued an alarming review of the diabetes drug Onglyza. Side-effects include a serious risk of heart failure or pancreatic cancer. If you or a loved one have experienced Onglyza side-effects, contact McIntyre Law today. You might be eligible to join an Onglyza lawsuit.
Onglyza (generic name: saxagliptin) is a prescription medication that is used to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. This drug was approved by the FDA in 2009 as a DPP-4 inhibitor. Its purpose is to regulate the insulin level in your body after you’ve eaten by helping the pancreas secrete more insulin and preventing the liver from making excess sugar. It is sometimes used along with other diabetes medications and is in the same drug category as incretins that include Januvia, Byetta and Janumet. In April 2015, the FDA shied away from issuing an Onglyza recall, but it did recommend that the label include the risk of serious Onglyza side-effects, including heart failure.
While the FDA did recommend that the Onglyza label include a warning about increased risk of heart failure, another major Onglyza side-effect could be pancreatic cancer or pancreatitis. These findings are based on a study of 16,000 patients where those taking Onglyza had a 27 percent greater risk of heart failure diagnoses than those in a control group.
If you’ve taken Onglyza or are taking it presently, talk with your doctor. Because the research is still emerging about the drug and its risks, many patients have not yet been informed. There is always potential for an Onglyza recall, even though one has not been issued yet. But, drug manufacturers need to be accountable for drugs that either don’t work as intended or that cause more harm than good. That’s why an Onglyza lawsuit could be your best bet if you’ve experienced Onglyza side-effects. We’re keeping tabs on findings in the medical community, and if there is an Onglyza recall, we’ll be on top of it.
At McIntyre Law, our goal is to make clients whole after they’ve suffered harm for any reason, whether it’s in an accident, the result of medical malpractice or from a defective or dangerous drug. If you’ve taken diabetes drugs that have had negative effects on your body, an Onglyza lawsuit isn’t the only option. We are currently pursuing lawsuits regarding the other incretins—Byetta, Januvia and Janumet—that are used in diabetes therapy, as well as Invokana, Actos and Avandia. If you have experienced negative effects from one of those drugs, contact us immediately. We can help.