Over the past year, the number of people taking Ozempic to treat type 2 diabetes and to help manage weight has exploded. Research indicates that millions of prescriptions have been written for on- and off-label use of the drug and similar glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists. The drug, however, can reportedly cause significant health problems, including gallbladder and gastrointestinal disease.
Individuals who have taken Ozempic and experienced serious side effects are strongly encouraged to contact Bailey Cowan Heckaman to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. It is alleged that manufacturers of the drug did not adequately warn consumers about the health risks associated with its use. If you suffered adverse health conditions after taking Ozempic, contact our office at (888) 367-7160 to speak with an attorney.
Ozempic is the brand name for the generic semaglutide manufactured by Novo Nordisk. It has been touted as a “miracle drug” for its on- and off-label uses. It is advertised as a once-weekly injectable that can help lower a person’s blood sugar and A1C. The drug is primarily used to treat Type 2 diabetes but has been used off-label for weight loss.
The prescription falls into a class of drugs known as glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists. GLP-1 receptor antagonists work by mimicking a hormone in the body that tells your brain when you are full, thereby suppressing your appetite. It also works by slowing down digestion. While the drug has been advertised as safe for use, there have been a significant number of reports related to adverse health events after taking the prescription.
According to The Washington Post, there were over 9 million prescriptions written for Ozempic and similar drugs during the last three months of 2022. The use of GLP-1 receptor antagonists has reportedly quadrupled in just a few years. While the drug is officially labeled for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes, many of the prescriptions were written for off-label uses such as weight loss.
The widespread use of the drug has increased concerns over its safety, particularly due to the large numbers of people using the prescription off-label. It is unclear whether these concerns will halt the exponential growth of use as the numbers are expected to continue to increase over the next several years.
There are several alleged health risks linked to taking Ozempic. Multiple lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers, alleging that the company failed to adequately warn consumers about the risks.
Health risks associated with Ozempic include an increased risk of:
In some instances, the side effects have been so severe that individuals have had to have surgery and long-term treatment plans. If you have experienced any adverse health events after taking Ozempic, you need to speak with an attorney. You may be eligible for compensation related to your injuries.
Currently, lawsuits hinge on whether the manufacturer of Ozempic failed to warn consumers about the potential side effects of taking the drug. Until recently, the label allegedly did not include information about an increased risk of gallbladder problems with use.
You may be eligible to file a lawsuit if you:
It is important to know that the manufacturer has subsequently added additional warnings to their labels regarding some of the known side effects related to the use of the drug. In order to further understand whether you have a valid claim for damages, you need to speak with a lawyer.
In order to prove your case, you will need to provide evidence that you took the injectable and that you suffered damages. These things can be proven through medical records such as a written prescription and documentation of any injuries you sustained.
All medical records, including your doctor’s recommendations or notes, should be provided to your attorney. Your attorney can then help to determine how to proceed with your case.
At Bailey Cowan Heckaman, we accept cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay nothing out of pocket. We only get paid if you win your case. By accepting cases on a contingency fee basis, we are able to provide everyone with the opportunity to have their day in court regardless of their income level.