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Diabetes and Dangerous Medications

In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) compiled a report in which the organization found that an estimated 1.5 million new cases of diabetes had been diagnosed in 2015 among United States adults over the age of 18. More than half of those new cases were of adults aged 45 through 64; men and women were diagnosed at similar rates.

In response to the growing rate of diabetes patients, prescription after prescription was written in hopes of protecting them from the disease’s devastating effects. These individuals placed their trust in diabetes medication manufacturers.

Unfortunately, a number of medications provided to diabetics have been shown to have adverse health effects that can include an increased risk of amputation, among other serious issues.

Diabetes medication manufacturers can act in bad faith, and when this happens, it is innocent victims that pay the price.

At Williams Hart, our diabetes medication attorneys work hard to help obtain full and fair compensation for all of our clients that have had their trust broken by negligent medication manufacturers and their defective pharmaceutical products.

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If you or a loved one have been injured because of diabetic medication, your team of product liability lawyers at Williams Hart want to hear your story. Contact us at (866) 303-0395 to set up your free case evaluation today.

The Basics of Diabetes

Glucose is derived from the types of foods that we eat, and when your blood glucose levels — also known as your blood sugar levels — increase, your pancreas releases a hormone called insulin to help convert glucose into energy.

When the pancreas produces little to no insulin, or the body fails to respond appropriately to the hormone, glucose will stay inside of your blood instead of converting. Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can cause an array of health problems.

Diabetes is, in actuality, a number of different types of health issues that involve some sort of problem with the production and use of insulin. As of yet, there is no cure, and people that are diagnosed with this disease need to manage it carefully with medication, proper diet, and exercise.

The Different Types of Diabetes

According to a 2017 report drafted by the CDC, 30.3 million people in the U.S. — or roughly 9.4 percent of the U.S. population — have diabetes. Approximately 1 out of 4 of diabetics do not know that they even have the disease.

That is why building awareness is so important. The following are the types of diabetes that affect millions of Americans today:

Type 1 Diabetes

If you or someone you love is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, that means that the body cannot produce insulin. One reason this occurs is that the body’s immune system attacks the cells in the pancreas that produce the hormone. While popular belief suggests that type 1 diabetes only happens to children, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Type 1 diabetes can affect anyone at any age, from children to young adults to elderly alike.

Type 1 diabetes is a serious condition that requires the injection of insulin every day. Lack of proper care can lead to death.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes — or hyperglycemia — is the most common form of diabetes; it renders the body unable to efficiently produce and use insulin. The CDC estimates that 90 to 95 percent of diabetes cases in adults is type 2.

Risk factors associated with the development of diabetes include:

  • Genetics
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Physical inactivity (lack of exercise)
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood glucose

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes only affects women who are pregnant. While in most cases the disease will go away on its own after pregnancy, sufferers do risk the chance of developing type 2 diabetes later on in their life.

Other types of diabetes can include monogenic diabetes — a rare form of diabetes that can occur from mutations or changes in a single gene that is passed down to children — and cystic fibrosis-related diabetes.

What Health Concerns Can Diabetes Cause?

If left untreated over time, high levels of blood glucose can wreak havoc on a sufferer’s body, causing a multitude of long-term complications such as:

  • Dental diseases
  • Skin conditions
  • Foot problems
  • Hearing impairment
  • Eye problems
  • Nerve damage
  • Kidney diseases
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Stroke

Eventually, if left untreated, diabetes — and the resulting long-term complications it causes — can lead to disabling or life-threatening illnesses.

With proper treatment, however, diabetes can be managed effectively. Medications paired with a healthy diet and exercise can help sufferers have a better quality of life.

However, in certain instances, these medications can actually exacerbate health problems and leave users with larger health problems. When that happens, you need the strong representation of Williams Hart to help guide you through the convoluted legal system of product liability.

Contact our defective drug attorneys today at (866) 303-0395 for your FREE and confidential case evaluation.

What You Need To Know About Diabetes Medication

Diabetes medications are designed to assist the user in controlling blood glucose levels by stimulating the release of specific chemicals in the brain, pancreas, and bloodstream. These medications can also help to lower the levels of blood glucose in the liver.

The downside to these medications is that some of them can have severe side effects. Scientific studies have shown that several type 2 diabetes medications can cause afflictions such as:

  • Heart attacks
  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Certain types of cancers

Every day, we place our trust in the hands of pharmaceutical manufacturers and drug manufacturers to help us in our fight against serious illnesses. Sometimes, these large corporations act against the best interests of the American people.

Diabetic Medication You Need to Look Out For

According to information compiled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it has been made evident that certain type 2 diabetes medications can increase the risk of developing a number of serious health issues:

Drugs that have been known to cause adverse effects in users include:

  • Actos – The FDA required the manufacturers of Actos in 2017 to include a warning label to patients. This recommendation claimed that patients taking the drug should refrain from doing so because it may increase the risk of heart attacks and the development of bladder cancer.
  • Avandia – This drug may increase the risk of the user suffering a heart attack. The drug’s manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, has agreed to pay out a $3 billion settlement in civil and criminal cases after it admitted to the inherent dangers of the drug.
  • Byetta, Januvia – Researchers at UCLA have determined that these drugs increase the risk of developing pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.
  • Invokana, Invokamet, Invokamet XR – These SGLT2 inhibitors may increase the risk of developing diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), urinary tract infections, acute kidney injuries, bone fractures, and also increase the risk of a leg, foot, and toe amputation.
  • Onglyza – Like most other DPP-4 inhibitor drugs, Onglyza has been linked to an increased risk of users developing pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, heart failure, and potentially to rhabdomyolysis.
  • Victoza – This drug is linked to the development of thyroid tumors, according to the FDA. These tumors may be cancerous, and like other incretin mimetic drugs, Victoza may also be linked to the development of pancreatitis.

If You Suffered an Adverse Effect Because of Diabetic Medication

The first step is to get medical attention immediately. Your health is your priority.

After you have received medical treatment, you should collect all relevant documentation about the injury sustained from the diabetic medication. This can include medical records, hospital bills, prescriptions, or any other documentation that shows you were taking the medication (as well as the duration of the treatment).

Keep all relevant documentation in a safe location, and if possible, create a digital copy of the documents as well.

Then you will want to seek out the services of an experienced defective drug attorney to help you gain the restitution you need to lessen any financial burden that has been placed upon you and your family as a result of taking the drug.

In some cases, a lawsuit may be an option for recovering any financial damages you have suffered. Seeking compensation for these side effects is well within your right if the company that manufactured the medication:

  • Was aware that their product could cause adverse health effects.
  • Failed to relay important information concerning the potential risks associated with the use of their products.
  • Did not conduct thorough pre-market testing and/or post-market studies.
  • Failed to report adverse findings.

Determining Compensation

An experienced and qualified attorney has the resources available to conduct a thorough investigation into how you were injured and what damages you may be able to recover, including compensation for but not limited to:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium

If you are unfortunate enough to have lost a loved one because of any of the above drugs, you still have a case for seeking out wrongful death compensation from the manufacturer.

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