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South Carolina Onglyza Injury Lawsuits

Experienced defective drug lawyers helping clients with type 2 diabetes

The type II diabetes medication Onglyza (saxagliptin) is a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It releases insulin into the pancreas, while decreasing the amount of sugar produced by your liver.

Onglyza has been associated with a number of serious, potentially fatal, side effects. If you were prescribed Onglyza, you may be entitled to compensation. If you or someone you care about has been injured by saxagliptin, the experienced defective drug injury lawyers at McGowan Hood & Felder are here to protect your right to recover the compensation you need.

Dangerous side effects and health concerns from Onglyza

Many pharmaceutical drugs have a specific mechanism of action in the body, which allows them to work in the way they were designed to, but sometimes these drugs have harmful adverse effects. The dangerous side effect associated with Onglyza include:

  • Heart failure
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Liver failure
  • Painful joint dysfunction
  • Immune system disruption
  • Increased mortality rate

FDA safety warnings about saxagliptin

In February 2014, the FDA requested clinical trial data from the manufacturer of saxagliptin to investigate the possible link between the use of the diabetes drug and heart failure as a result of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in October 2013. The NEJM study reports an increased rate of heart failure with the use of saxagliptin.

In August 2015, the FDA issued a drug safety communication about how some DPP-4 inhibitors, including saxagliptin, may cause severe and disabling joint pain.

In April 2016, the FDA issued yet another drug safety communication about the possible increase in the risk of heart failure in patients who take saxagliptin and other DPP-4 type 2 diabetes medications. This risk is especially pronounced in patients who already have heart or kidney disease.

What does it take to win a dangerous drug injury case?

Defective drug injury cases hinge on the plaintiff’s ability to prove that the injury was caused by using the drug. These cases fall under the legal category of product liability. Drug companies owe a duty of care to sell products that do what they say that they are going to do. When the drug maker is aware of a specific danger inherent in the product, the drug manufacturer is required to disclose it.

There are three general categories of product liability cases including:

  • Design defect. The defect is in the product’s design, such as with metal-on-metal artificial hip replacements where the metal ball and metal socket grind on each other, sending shards of metal into the bloodstream that poison the person.
  • Manufacturing defect. This kind of defect occurs during the making of the product. If a batch of medicine was contaminated with a carcinogenic pathogen, then the drug maker is required to warn consumers and recall the product.
  • Marketing defect. Usually called “failure to warn” in drug injury cases, a marketing defect refers to a failure in the labeling information about the product. For example, if a drug causes people to break out in hives, the label must disclose this as a possible side effect.

Whether it is a design defect, manufacturing defect, or failure to warn case, in order to win, the plaintiff must be able to prove that the drug is defective and draw a line of causation between the defective drug and the injury.

How would filing a defective drug lawsuit benefit me?

It is true, by the time you file a lawsuit, the damage from the dangerous drug injury has already been done. Filing a lawsuit gives you the opportunity to pursue financial compensation not only for your expenses, but for the physical and emotional pain the injury may have caused. Financial compensation is how the court system offers justice to those who have been injured because of someone else’s negligence.

If you have taken Onglyza and sustained an injury such as liver damage, heart failure, or pancreatic cancer, you may have grounds for legal action against AstraZeneca, which manufactures the drug.

Making a claim for damage for your dangerous drug injury

If you prevail in your defective drug injury lawsuit, the jury will award monetary damages to compensate you for your injuries and losses caused by the drug manufacturer’s negligence. Examples of the types of damages you might receive include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Emotional distress
  • Wrongful death (if the injury results in death)
  • Punitive damages (where appropriate)

Onglyza is a dangerous drug. While it has worked for some people with type 2 diabetes, for others, the drug has caused devastating side effects. If a defective drug such as saxagliptin has compromised your health, our products liability attorneys want to fight for justice on your behalf.

What if I can’t afford to hire a lawyer?

Our experienced medical product liability lawyers take cases on contingency. This means that our attorney fees get paid as a percentage of the settlement or verdict. So, if we do not recover compensation for you, we do not receive our attorney fees. You do not have to worry about how you will pay for your attorney upfront because we take on your case knowing we will get paid when we are successful. We offer you a free initial consultation so that you can sit down with our drug injury lawyers to discuss your case and receive legal guidance based on the facts of your case.

Schedule a consultation with an experienced South Carolina product liability lawyer today

McGowan, Hood & Felder is dedicated to serving our clients and delivering results. You may call 803-327-7800 and schedule a free case evaluation with a dangerous drug injury attorney, or fill out our contact form from any device. McGowan, Hood & Felder proudly serves people throughout the state and nationwide from offices in Columbia, Charleston, Rock Hill, Greenville, Sumter, and Georgetown.