Public Citizen, a consumer safety advocate group, petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week to recall the diabetes drug Victoza because of the dangerous side effects it can cause in patients. Victoza has been linked to increased risk of thyroid cancer, pancreatitis and kidney failure, among other problems.
In their petition, Public Citizen claims that the drug's approval in 2010 had gone against the recommendations of two FDA pharmacologists and an FDA clinical safety technician. The FDA did issue safety warnings about the drug's dangerous side effects in June 2011, but failed to recall it from the market. Victoza manufacturer Novo Nordisk responded to Public Citizen's demands by stating that their drug's approval came as the result of sufficient clinical safety trials and the drug has, in fact, been recently approved for an expanded list of uses.
Large drug companies like Novo Nordisk will do whatever they can to keep their products on the market, even if their medications, like Victoza, have been shown to cause life threatening side effects in consumers. If you or a loved one has been injured by a dangerous drug like Victoza, you may be entitled to compensation and should consult with an experienced
drug defect lawyer as soon as possible.
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