Diabetes Drugs Being Repositioned As Weight Loss Remedies Linked To A Multitude Of Health Side Effects

When drugs are represented as “safe and effective” for weight loss, it’s likely that consumers will do everything they can to get their hands on it. But what if several of these drugs are linked to dangerous side effects?

In cases like these, it is important to get familiar with the drugs themselves and the pending lawsuits against them. This will enable you to make informed decisions about your potential claim – and create a legal strategy that puts your best interests first.

Many individuals who took the drugs Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro, Rybelsus, Saxenda, and Trulicity for weight loss did so without being fully aware of the risks involved. Now, people in alarming numbers are finding themselves dealing with serious health concerns such as gastroparesis (stomach paralysis) and other stomach-related issues.

More and more, reports are emerging from doctors around the country displaying gastroparesis and stomach paralysis in patients who took these medications. As of February 2024, there are many lawsuits being brought against these companies, and this is only the beginning…

While no amount of money can reverse the harm caused to your body, it can certainly help reimburse you for the financial losses you sustained. This is valuable not only for the recovery process but also for your future moving forward.

What You Need To Know About Weight Loss Drugs And Their Side Effects

Ozempic, Mounjaro, Wegovy, Rybelsus, and Trulicity all share one common active ingredient: semaglutide. Belonging to a class of drugs known as glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RA), drugs containing semaglutide have caused concerns related to the stomach and the muscles of the stomach lining.

Additionally, Ozempic, Mounjaro, Rybelsus, Saxenda, and Trulicity were all developed as anti-diabetic drugs. Once the link to anti-obesity was made, these companies pivoted their marketing strategies to encapsulate those seeking to lose weight.

Gastroparesis, or stomach paralysis, occurs when stomach muscle contractions are weaker and slower than they should be to digest food and pass it on to the intestines. This often makes the normal function of stomach-emptying more difficult and deregulates appetite. In addition to this, gastroparesis can cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal bloating and pain, and other harmful effects.

Unfortunately, gastroparesis is a chronic condition – and it does not have a definitive cure or go away in most cases. Weight-loss drug manufacturers didn’t include proper warnings about the increased risk of these effects for people who took the medications or received GLP-1 RA treatments. This opens up the option for the victim to seek a product liability lawsuit in an effort to recover financial damages.

Who Can File A Diabetes/Weight Loss Drug Lawsuit?

In order to qualify for a diabetes or weight loss drug lawsuit, you or a loved one must:

  • Have taken drugs such as Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro, Rybelsus, Saxenda, or Trulicity for weight loss.
  • Have endured serious health complications like stomach paralysis, chronic vomiting, or intestinal obstructions.
  • Have been hospitalized, treated by the ER, or needed a follow-up visit with a gastroenterologist for the injuries sustained.
  • Have been 69 years old or younger at the time of injury.
  • Have no prior medical history related to gastroparesis or gastric obstruction.

Florida’s statutes of limitations restrict how long a plaintiff has to file a legal claim following an injury. Product liability lawsuits can extend four years from the date when the injury occurred. For this reason, it is critical to contact an experienced legal professional as soon as you can.

How Drug Companies Typically Defend Themselves Against Product Liability Lawsuits

Many of the pharmaceutical companies associated with these injuries have made public statements attesting to the safety of their products. In many cases, these companies have acknowledged the potential for gastrointestinal side effects – but have downplayed their severity.

According to Novo Nordisk, the company responsible for Ozempic and Wegovy, these adverse health reactions are mild to moderate and only last a short duration. In addition to this, they emphasize the warning label declaring these effects for consumers to see.

The main defense of most of these companies is that users were made aware of the potential side effects before they started taking the drug. However, when injuries happen on this scale with extensive chronic health concerns, a skilled attorney will likely have no problem making a case against these claims on behalf of their client.

Have You Or A Loved One Suffered Adverse Effects From Diabetes Or Anti-Obesity Drugs In Florida?

Fenstersheib Law Group is here to provide you with the legal support necessary to obtain fair and full compensation for your losses.

The health hazards associated with medications such as Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro, Rybelsus, Saxenda, and Trulicity are undeniable. At Fenstersheib Law Group, we hold these negligent actions accountable in order to protect the welfare of our clients – and the safety of the pharmaceutical industry as a whole.

With our main office located in Hallandale Beach, Fenstersheib Law Group has years of experience representing product liability lawsuits for clients across the state of Florida. Is Hallandale Beach too far? Don’t worry; we have secondary offices in the cities of Hollywood, Miramar, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Sarasota, Tampa, and Jacksonville.

If you or a loved one were injured due to the side effects of a diabetes or weight-loss drug, call us today at 1-800-TELLROBERT to get started with a free legal consultation!

Fenstersheib Law Group, P.A. - Hollywood, FL


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