Liraglutide, the active ingredient in the injectable weight-loss drug Saxenda (liraglutide), has been linked to serious side effects including pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer and thyroid cancer.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed pancreatic cancer after taking Saxenda, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
What is Saxenda?
Saxenda is prescribed as a treatment option for chronic weight management in addition to a reduced-calorie diet and physical activity. The drug is manufactured by Novo Nordisk, and was approved by the FDA on December 23, 2014.
How Does it Work?
Saxenda works like native GLP-1 (7-37) to activate areas of the brain involved in appetite regulation. The drug is designed to lower body weight through decreased caloric intake.
What is it Approved For?
Saxenda has been approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for use in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater (obesity), or adults with a BMI of 27 or greater (overweight) who have at least one weight-related condition such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol (dyslipidemia).
What is the Dosing?
Solution for subcutaneous injection, pre-filled, multi-dose Saxenda pens deliver doses of 0.6 mg, 1.2 mg, 1.8 mg, 2.4 mg, or 3 mg (6 mg/mL, 3 mL).
How Much Does it Cost?
The price of Saxenda subcutaneous solution (18 mg/3 mL) is about $1,200 for a supply of 15 milliliters, depending on the pharmacy you visit. Check online for coupons that can help reduce the cost of the medicine.
Does Saxenda Have a Boxed Warning?
Yes. Saxenda has a boxed warning which states that tumors of the thyroid gland (thyroid C-cell tumors) have been observed in laboratory animals, but it is unknown whether the drug causes such tumors in humans.
“Saxenda should not be used in patients with a personal or family history of MTC or in patients with multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 (a disease in which patients have tumors in more than one gland in their body, which predisposes them to MTC),” the warning states.
Which Side Effects has Saxenda Been Linked to?
Serious side effects of Saxenda may include:
- Pancreatic cancer
- Kidney failure
- Life-threatening allergic reactions
Are There Other Side Effects?
Saxenda may also cause the following, less severe side effects in certain users:
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- Decreased appetite
- Abdominal or stomach pain or upset
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Dry mouth
- Changes in taste
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Injection site reactions or redness
- Lack of energy or weakness
Is Your Firm Filing a Saxenda Class Action?
Although we are a nationally recognized class action firm, the Products Liability Litigation Group at our law firm has decided against the filing of a Saxenda Class Action Suit and is currently filing individual claims on behalf of injured individuals and/or their family members that have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after being treated with Saxenda.
What is a Class Action Lawsuit?
A class action is a type of lawsuit filed with the court on behalf of large group of people or “class” of individuals that have been injured or wronged. The class is represented by the law firm and the case is generally decided upon a single member of the class who is sometimes referred to as the “class representative or class rep.”
Why Our Law Firm Is Filing Individual Lawsuits Opposed To a Class Action
In some instances, a class action may offer some advantages, as they aggregate a large number of individualized claims into one representational lawsuit. The aggregation can increase the efficiency of the legal process, lower the costs of litigation and in some cases offer the solution to a common problem wherein small recoveries do not provide the incentive for any individual or law firm to file an individual lawsuit.
However, a class action suit can also be a detriment to many class members, as they are often forced into a blanket “low ball settlement” and higher attorney fees. At Schmidt & Clark, LLP we understand that our clients are suffering emotionally and economically due to loss of wages and/or high medical bills and we plan to maximize each client’s recovery by filing individual Saxenda lawsuits on their behalf.
Do I Have a Saxenda Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Saxenda lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new pancreatic cancer cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you got pancreatic cancer after taking Saxenda, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.