Ozempic Lawsuit 2023 Update
Ozempic contains the active ingredient semaglutide, a class of drugs known as GLP-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs).
Semaglutide acts like the GLP-1 hormone (the hormone released into the gastrointestinal tract when a person eats food). This hormone tells the body to make more insulin, which lowers blood sugar levels. It’s often prescribed to help people manage type 2 diabetes.
In higher amounts, GLP-1 can curb a person’s appetite and create a feeling of fullness. For these reasons, the drugs have helped millions of people battling obesity shed unwanted pounds.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Ozempic for type 2 diabetes in 2017.
Currently, there are three FDA-approved semaglutide drugs:
- Ozempic injection
- Rybelsus tablets
- Wegovy injection
However, the benefits of these dangerous drugs have come at a cost. New studies have shown that Ozempic and other semaglutide medications may lead to an increased risk of gallbladder and biliary diseases and other serious health conditions.
As a result, some people are filing semaglutide lawsuits and pursuing financial compensation from the drug makers for failing to warn of the risks associated with their products.
Connection Between Ozempic and Gallbladder Disease
Researchers reviewed the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) from April 28, 2005 (the date the first semaglutide was approved) to September 16, 2022.
They found 36 cases of acute cholecystitis (gallbladder inflammation) linked to semaglutide products that lacked warnings about gallbladder disease. The study noted that this number is probably higher due to underreporting.
“If left untreated, cholecystitis can lead to severe, sometimes life-threatening complications, such as a gallbladder rupture. Treatment for cholecystitis often involves surgery to remove the gallbladder.”
– Mayo Clinic
Other findings from the study include:
- The median patient age was 55.
- 30 of the patients underwent a cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal surgery).
- 7 patients developed pancreatitis.
- In 47% of the cases, patients developed acute cholecystitis in less than 90 days of starting the GLP-1 RA.
- The risk of gallbladder problems were higher when the semaglutide was used at higher doses, for longer spans, and for weight loss.
The research was published in JAMA Internal Medicine in August 2022.
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Health Problems Linked to Ozempic
While many people have experienced positive outcomes from taking Ozempic, users should know of the possible health risks.
Health problems related to Ozempic and semaglutide include:
- Biliary diseases (affecting the bile ducts, gallbladder, and related structures)
- Gallbladder disease
- Gallstones (cholelithiasis)
- Gastroparesis (stomach paralysis)
- Inflammation of the gallbladder (acute cholecystitis)
- Kidney injury, including kidney failure
- Liver failure
- Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
- Thyroid cancer
These health issues can be serious and even life-threatening in some cases.
Additionally, they can lead to other health problems, including:
- Eating disorders
- Gallbladder tear or rupture
- Gangrene (death of tissue in gallbladder)
- Suicidal thoughts or behavior
Surgery may be needed to remove the gallbladder. In severe cases, health complications related to Ozempic may lead to wrongful death.
Eligibility for an Ozempic Gallbladder Lawsuit
You may qualify to file an Ozempic lawsuit if you or a loved one:
- Used Ozempic, Wegovy, or another brand of semaglutide product
- Later developed gallbladder or bile duct issues, gastroparesis, or other health problems
Victims took Ozempic, Wegovey, and other semaglutide medications without knowing all of the risks the drugs posed. When drug manufacturers place dangerous medications on the market, they should be made to pay the price for their negligence.
In August 2023, a Louisiana woman sued the manufacturers of the weight-loss drugs Ozempic and Mounjaro, alleging that they caused her to develop gastroparesis.
People have a limited amount of time to file an Ozempic lawsuit. Laws called statutes of limitations limit how much time a person has to file a product liability lawsuit.
These laws differ from state to state. An Ozempic lawyer can tell you about the deadline that applies in your case.
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How to File an Ozempic Semaglutide and Gallbladder Lawsuit
The basic steps of an Ozempic gallbladder lawsuit are listed below.
- Contact an Ozempic lawyer: First, find out if you are eligible for an Ozempic lawsuit by contacting a dangerous drug law firm for a free case evaluation. LawFirm.com can help you get started with a free case review.
- Build a case: Once it’s determined that you have a case, your Ozempic attorney and their team will start collecting evidence to prove your Ozempic claim. This may include your medical records and reports from medical experts.
- File an Ozempic lawsuit: Your lawyer will file your Ozempic gallbladder lawsuit in the proper court before any legal deadlines and keep you updated as your case proceeds.
- Negotiate a settlement: Your personal injury lawyer will make every effort to negotiate an Ozempic settlement with the parties responsible for your injury, like the maker of the semaglutide medication you used. If a settlement can’t be reached, they will fight for you in court.
Semaglutide Lawsuit Settlements
Most dangerous drug cases end in settlements. Settlements are typically preferred because they provide people with quicker access to money that they may need to pay their medical bills and make up for lost wages.
Additionally, they are less risky since the outcome is predetermined and not based on the opinion of a jury and/or judge.
It’s too early to report a settlement range in these cases. However, the amount of an Ozempic lawsuit settlement is likely to depend on a variety of factors.
These factors include:
- The severity of injury
- The amount of related medical expenses
- If the injury will result in permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
Patients who required surgery to remove their gallbladder or experienced other serious health problems from Ozempic use are more likely to receive larger settlements.
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Get Help Filing an Ozempic Lawsuit
If you’ve been diagnosed with a gallbladder or biliary duct problem or stomach paralysis after using Ozempic, Wegovy, or another brand name semaglutide medication, LawFirm.com may be able to help.
We work with law firms that have secured more than $1.5 billion for people harmed by negligent drug and pharmaceutical companies.
Our legal partners:
- Can handle cases in all 50 states
- Have the resources to take on powerful drug companies
- Never charge any upfront or out-of-pocket fees
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Ozempic Lawsuits FAQs
Can I take Ozempic after gallbladder removal?
Check with your health care provider to see if it’s safe for you to take Ozempic after gallbladder surgery.
That said, Ozempic users should be aware that the semaglutide has been linked to gallbladder problems. In some cases, people needed surgery to remove their gallbladders.
If you used Ozempic and later had your gallbladder removed, a product liability lawyer can review the facts of your case and let you know if you are eligible to file an Ozempic lawsuit.
Can Ozempic cause gallbladder problems?
Yes. Data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicates that Ozempic and other semaglutide medications can boost the risk of gallbladder disease and health problems.
In some cases, users have needed to have their gallbladders removed or have suffered other serious health issues.
What are the long-term side effects of Ozempic?
The long-term side effects of Ozempic and other new semaglutide drugs are still being evaluated. However, common side effects reported in clinical trials include abdominal pain, bloating, and vomiting.
Researchers have also found a connection between the diabetes drugs and gallbladder and biliary diseases, especially in people who have used the medications for longer durations.
Who is the maker of semaglutide?
The manufacturer of Ozempic, which is classified as a semaglutide medication, is Novo Nordisk, a Danish pharmaceutical company.
Is there an Ozempic class action lawsuit?
No, there is no Ozempic class action lawsuit or Wegovy class action lawsuit at this time. However, people who have been harmed by the weight-loss drugs may be able to file an individual Ozempic lawsuit or Wegovey lawsuit and seek financial compensation to help them pay for expenses related to their injury.
LawFirm.com works with dangerous drug attorneys who have recovered more than $1.5 billion for families who have been harmed by dangerous pharmaceutical products. They can handle cases in all 50 states and never charge any fees in advance.
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