Every single new drug that comes into the market must first go through a rigorous review by the U.S. Food And Drug Administration. Onglyza went through this process and was approved by the FDA on July 31st, 2009.
However, the approval process isn’t perfect and regularly drugs make it through that go on to cause serious damage to patients.
Study Links Onglyza To Increased Risk Of Heart Failure
In 2013, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that there may be an increased risk of heart failure in patients who had been taking Onglyza. Following the release of this study, the FDA approached the manufacturers of the drug with a request – that they submit clinical data to the FDA for review.
Two clinical trials were reviewed and as a result, the FDA issued a new warning which alerted the medical community and the public to the fact that there was a potential risk of heart failure in patients who were prescribed the medication, especially if the patients already suffered from heart disease or kidney disease. In addition to this, they required the label begin to include the warning in April of 2016.
What Rights Do Patients Have?
The manufacturers of a drug have a responsibility to the people that may end up taking any medication they produce. In addition to being responsible for creating a safe product, they must also determine if there are risks associated with the product and provide a warning to those who may develop serious side effects as a result.
If they fail to do so, patients who are harmed as a result may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit against them.
How Can An Onglyza Lawsuit Help?
A hundred years ago there was almost no way to treat someone with heart failure. Today, much of that has changed. Patients can be treated through a variety of methods, specifically tailored to their condition. This may include surgery, medications, hospitalization, and outpatient treatments. These treatments, however, aren’t cheap and can leave a patient with thousands of dollars in unexpected costs.
A lawsuit may be able to recover those losses. In addition to compensating the plaintiff for their medical expenses, it may also cover lost earnings, physical pain and suffering, and even, in some cases, emotional trauma.
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What If My Loved One Died?
If you believe that your loved one died after starting the drug Onglyza, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. Like a personal injury complaint, this lawsuit can provide the surviving loved ones of the patient with compensation for the deceased’s medical expenses, lost wages, and physical pain and suffering. Additionally, they may be able to recover additional damages to pay for funeral and burial expenses, loss of consortium, and loss of inheritance.
You Are Not Alone
Our team has years of experience in handling defective drug complaints and are ready to answer all questions that you might have about your rights, the legal process, and our background.
Together, we will fight for the compensation you both need and deserve. Given the seriousness of the Onglyza side effects, it is expected that the number of lawsuits filed against AstraZeneca and Bristol-Myers Squibb will grow steadily over the coming months, as patients take a stand and demand answers.