A lot of people who used Ozempic, a type 2 diabetes drug, have been diagnosed with gallstones or gallbladder disease. Those who received treatment for these conditions due to the drug should seek legal advice to know their legal options. A product liability attorney can help them recover compensation by filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the drug.
What is Ozempic
Ozempic has semaglutide, which is an injectable medication. Novo Nordisk developed the drug, which gained FDA approval as a treatment for adults who have type 2 diabetes. Ozempic regulates blood glucose levels by copying the action of GLP-1, a home that the body releases when food is consumed. GLP-1 stimulates the production of insulin, lowering blood sugar levels. Also, it slows down digestion, which is also essential for blood sugar control. In addition, Ozempic can induce weight loss in people who are obese, including those who do not have diabetes.
Studies show that people who use Ozempic have an increased risk of developing acute gallbladder disease and gallstones. The gallbladder problems associated with the drug were more pronounced when used at higher disease, for weight loss, and for longer durations.
But even if studies associated the drug with gallbladder issues, the manufacturer failed to update the medication’s safety label to warn patients or medical providers about such a risk until March of 2022. According to lawsuits filed by those who used the drug, the manufacturer knew or should have known the risks related to the drug; however, didn’t make prompt warnings to protect its profits.
How a Lawyer Can Help Victims of Ozempic
A product liability attorney is knowledgeable about mass tort litigation, which involves a huge number of plaintiffs with the same claims against the same defendant, often a drug manufacturer. Also, they have the necessary resources, including document review, extensive research, and expert witness to strengthen their client’s case. Typically, they have access to medical professionals who can talk about how the drug works and how it may cause gallbladder issues.
Pharmaceutical companies such as Novo Nordisk have a team of skilled attorneys who are paid well to protect their profits. Because of this, victims should be represented by their own attorney with experience in handling such kind of cases. A good attorney won’t be intimidated by the tactics big pharmaceutical companies will employ.
Moreover, mass tort lawsuits usually involve negotiations with the legal team and insurer of the pharmaceutical companies. Attorneys must have strong negotiation skills to secure favorable compensation for their clients without the need for time-consuming and expensive litigation.