Injuries Caused by Ozempic

Injuries caused by Ozempic (semaglutide) can include gastrointestinal issues like nausea and diarrhea, hypoglycemia when used with other diabetes medications, pancreatitis, thyroid C-cell tumors in rare cases, kidney damage, worsening diabetic retinopathy, allergic reactions, and increased risk of gallbladder disease. Victims can bring a lawsuit against the manufacturer for Ozempic-related injuries.

If you suffered after taking Ozempic, call the injury attorneys at Chute, O’Malley, Knobloch, & Turcy, LLC in Naperville. 312-775-0042.

What Is Ozempic?

Ozempic (semaglutide) is a prescription medication used primarily to manage type 2 diabetes and promote weight loss. It belongs to a class of drugs known as GLP-1 receptor agonists. Ozempic works by mimicking the incretin hormone GLP-1, which stimulates insulin secretion, inhibits glucagon release, and slows gastric emptying. These actions help regulate blood sugar levels, reduce appetite, and promote satiety, making it effective in controlling diabetes and aiding weight loss.

 

Administered via a once-weekly injection, Ozempic is often prescribed for patients who have not achieved adequate blood sugar control with other diabetes medications. In addition to improving glycemic control, clinical trials have shown that Ozempic can reduce the risk of major cardiovascular events in adults with type 2 diabetes and established cardiovascular disease.

 

While Ozempic is generally well-tolerated, it can cause side effects such as gastrointestinal issues, hypoglycemia (when combined with other diabetes medications), and serious conditions like pancreatitis and thyroid tumors. 

What Injuries Are Caused by Ozempic?

Ozempic is an effective medication for managing type 2 diabetes and aiding weight loss, but it is not without risks. Patients should be aware of the risk for injuries and side effects, ranging from common gastrointestinal issues to more serious conditions, like pancreatitis and thyroid tumors. Regular monitoring, open communication with healthcare providers, and adherence to prescribed guidelines can help manage these risks and ensure the safe use of Ozempic.

Common Ozempic Side Effects

The most frequent side effects associated with Ozempic are gastrointestinal in nature. These include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain. These symptoms are usually mild to moderate and tend to diminish over time as the body adjusts to the medication. However, they can be quite uncomfortable and may lead some patients to discontinue use if they persist or become severe.

Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar)

Although Ozempic itself does not typically cause hypoglycemia, it can lead to low blood sugar levels when used in combination with other diabetes medications such as insulin or sulfonylureas. Symptoms of hypoglycemia include dizziness, shaking, sweating, confusion, and irritability. It’s crucial for patients to monitor their blood sugar levels regularly and adjust their medication regimen as needed under the supervision of a healthcare provider.

Pancreatitis

One of the more serious injuries associated with Ozempic is acute pancreatitis, which is inflammation of the pancreas. Symptoms of pancreatitis include severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and fever. If left untreated, pancreatitis can lead to serious complications. Patients experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention. The exact mechanism by which Ozempic may cause pancreatitis is not fully understood, but it is believed to be related to the medication’s effects on the pancreas.

Thyroid C-Cell Tumors

Preclinical studies in rodents have shown an increased risk of thyroid C-cell tumors with GLP-1 receptor agonists like Ozempic. While this risk has not been confirmed in humans, it remains a concern. Patients with a personal or family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma or multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 are advised against using Ozempic. Symptoms to watch for include a lump in the neck, trouble swallowing, and persistent hoarseness.

Kidney Damage

Ozempic can lead to acute kidney injury, particularly in patients with pre-existing kidney conditions. Symptoms of kidney damage include decreased urine output, swelling in the legs and ankles, fatigue, and shortness of breath. Regular monitoring of kidney function is recommended for patients on Ozempic, especially those with a history of kidney disease.

Diabetic Retinopathy Complications

There have been reports of worsening diabetic retinopathy, a diabetes-related eye disease, in patients using Ozempic. Rapid improvements in blood sugar control can sometimes exacerbate this condition. Patients with a history of diabetic retinopathy should discuss the risks with their healthcare provider and undergo regular eye examinations.

Allergic Reactions

Although rare, patients may experience allergic reactions to Ozempic. Symptoms can include rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, and difficulty breathing. Any signs of an allergic reaction require immediate medical attention.

Gallbladder Disease

There is evidence to suggest that GLP-1 receptor agonists like Ozempic can increase the risk of gallbladder disease, including gallstones and cholecystitis. Patients should be monitored for symptoms such as severe abdominal pain, especially after eating, jaundice, and fever.

Can I Sue for Injuries Caused by Ozempic?

You can sue for injuries caused by Ozempic. To pursue an Ozempic lawsuit, you need to establish that the injuries were a direct result of taking Ozempic and that the drug was defectively designed, improperly manufactured, or inadequately labeled with warnings about side effects. 

Establishing Liability

Drug manufacturers are responsible for ensuring their products are safe for consumers. If Ozempic caused injuries due to a defect in its design, manufacturing process, or inadequate warning labels, you might have a case under product liability laws. If the manufacturer failed to conduct sufficient testing, did not provide adequate warnings, or did not disclose known risks, you could claim negligence.

The Four Elements of Negligence

In a dangerous medication case, proving negligence involves establishing four key elements: duty of care, breach of duty, causation, and damages. Each element must be clearly demonstrated for a successful claim.

 

  • Duty of Care: The first element requires showing that the defendant, typically the drug manufacturer, owed a duty of care to the plaintiff. In medication cases, manufacturers have a legal obligation to produce safe products and provide adequate warnings about potential side effects.
  • Breach of Duty: It must be proven that the manufacturer breached their duty. This could involve failing to conduct sufficient testing, manufacturing defects, or inadequate labeling and warnings about the risks associated with the medication. The breach indicates that the manufacturer did not meet the standard of care expected in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Causation: Causation involves demonstrating a direct link between the breach of duty and the plaintiff’s injury. The plaintiff must prove that the medication directly caused the injury or illness, rather than other factors. This often requires medical evidence and expert testimony to establish the connection.
  • Damages: The plaintiff must show that he or she suffered actual damages as a result of the injury. Damages can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other economic or non-economic losses. Without proving damages, there is no basis for compensation.

 

Together, these elements form the foundation of a negligence claim in dangerous medication cases. Establishing each one is crucial to holding the manufacturer accountable and securing compensation for the plaintiff’s injuries.

Statute of Limitations

In Illinois, the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit related to injuries caused by Ozempic or any other dangerous medication is an important legal consideration. Typically, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases, including those involving dangerous drugs, is two years from the date of injury or from the date when the injury was discovered or reasonably should have been discovered.

For Ozempic cases, this means individuals who believe they have suffered harm as a result of taking the medication must file their lawsuit within two years of either the date of the injury or the date they became aware of the injury and its connection to Ozempic.

Failing to file within this time frame can result in the loss of the right to seek compensation through the legal system. This limitation underscores the importance of seeking legal advice promptly if you suspect that Ozempic has caused you harm. An experienced attorney can evaluate your case, gather necessary evidence, and ensure that your lawsuit is filed within the applicable statute of limitations to preserve your legal rights and pursue fair compensation for your injuries.

Who Is Liable for Ozempic-Related Injuries?

In cases involving injuries caused by Ozempic, liability typically falls on the drug manufacturer, which is responsible for ensuring the safety and efficacy of its product. Novo Nordisk, the manufacturer of Ozempic, has a duty to conduct thorough testing, provide accurate labeling and warnings about risks, and comply with regulatory standards set by the FDA.

 

If it can be proven that Ozempic was defectively designed, manufactured incorrectly, or lacked adequate warnings about known risks, Novo Nordisk may be held liable for the resulting injuries. Additionally, healthcare providers who prescribed Ozempic could share liability if they failed to inform patients adequately about the risks associated with the medication or if they prescribed it inappropriately.

 

Determining liability in Ozempic-related injury cases often requires a thorough investigation into the circumstances of the injury, including the manufacturer’s actions and any failures in providing sufficient warnings or instructions to consumers and healthcare providers.

If Ozempic caused your injuries, call Chute, O’Malley, Knobloch & Turcy, LLC.  312-775-0042.