Onglyza Linked to Pancreatic Cancer and Heart Failure
The Type 2 diabetes medication Onglyza may do more harm than good. In fact, recent studies have found that the drug could increase the risk of pancreatic cancer and heart failure. Drug manufacturers have a duty to make sure their products are safe and that the health benefits outweigh the risks. Unfortunately, the makers of Onglyza failed to perform their duty. That’s why our lawyers are dedicated to helping those affected file Onglyza lawsuits to secure the compensation they deserve.
Researchers have found a strong link between incretin mimetic medications, like Onglyza, and pancreatic cancer. In February 2013, researchers at John Hopkins University found that people with diabetes who were hospitalized for pancreatitis were twice as likely to be taking a incretin mimetic drug. Pancreatitis can eventually lead to pancreatic cancer.
In a March 2013 study published in the medical journal Diabetes, scientists found that patients who took Onglyza had a pancreas 40% larger than normal. There were also more pre-cancerous growths and small tumors in the pancreases of those taking Onglyza than in those who did not.
Several studies have shown a link between Onglyza and heart failure. In September 2013, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that people taking the drug had an increased risk of heart failure hospitalization. More recently in 2015, a study found that Onglyza patients have a staggering 27% increased risk of heart failure. Due to this risk, the FDA has recommended that Onglyza include a label warning patients of the heart failure danger.
Other Onglyza Side Effects
Pancreatic cancer and heart failure are not the only potential side effects of Onglyza. Some other serious side effects include:
Contact an Onglyza Attorney
The makers of Onglyza appear to have withheld important health and safety information from diabetes patients and the medical community. Because of this, you may be entitled to compensation if you were harmed by Onglyza. Pancreatic cancer and heart failure are just two of the many potential side effects. At Jones Ward, PLC, we are dedicated to helping you fight for your rights. Contact us today for a free case evaluation or call us at 888-595-2922 to take the first steps towards justice.