Wegovy, a drug widely used for diabetes management and weight loss, has been associated with serious stomach and intestinal complications. Numerous lawsuits have been filed nationwide by people who allege that Wegovy caused stomach paralysis and other significant gastric issues.

In 2022, the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) issued alerts about the potential risks of intestinal obstruction related to both Wegovy and its counterpart, Ozempic. The FDA had received numerous reports of gastrointestinal problems or blockages from individuals who used these drugs.

What are the Wegovy Lawsuits About?

The lawsuits target Novo Nordisk, the manufacturer of Wegovy, accusing the company of failing to adequately warn users about the possible severe gastrointestinal side effects, such as stomach paralysis or gastroparesis. The legal actions also contend that the company was negligent in their testing and ongoing surveillance of the drug after it was approved, compromising patient safety.

Individuals who have experienced stomach paralysis or other severe side effects from Wegovy might be eligible to seek compensation from the manufacturer.

How to Qualify for a Wegovy Lawsuit

  1. Proof of Usage: Evidence that you were prescribed Wegovy, such as prescription records, medication packaging, or medical documents.
  2. Medical Treatment: Your medical records must demonstrate that you received treatment for conditions like gastroparesis, stomach paralysis, intestinal obstruction, chronic vomiting, or other side effects linked to Wegovy use.

Wegovy Class Action Lawsuit or Multidistrict Litigation (MDL)

As of February 2024, all Wegovy-related lawsuits have been consolidated into a Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) in one federal court. This consolidation is similar to a class action but allows each claim to be evaluated individually in court.

Currently, numerous patients have initiated legal claims under this MDL, citing injuries from Wegovy.

About the Wegovy Lawsuits

Those affected are pursuing compensation for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages related to their health complications. They are also advocating for stricter regulatory oversight and clearer, more detailed drug labeling to prevent future incidents.

Wegovy and Stomach Paralysis or Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis is a condition where the stomach’s motility is impaired, delaying or halting the movement of food to the small intestine. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and a quick sensation of fullness after beginning a meal. Additionally, pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas, can occur, presenting severe abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. These conditions require prompt medical attention.

What is Semaglutide or GLP-1?

Semaglutide is an FDA-approved medication for type 2 diabetes and is marketed under the names Ozempic and Wegovy for weight loss. A similar formulation known as Mounjaro has also been introduced. These drugs function by simulating a hormone that regulates appetite and food intake in the brain.

Wegovy Side Effects

Wegovy and similar weight loss medications have been associated with various side effects. Notable among these are:

  1. Gastrointestinal Issues: Common problems include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain, typically more intense at the start of treatment.
  2. Gastroparesis: A less common but serious condition where the stomach empties slowly, leading to nausea, vomiting, and bloating.
  3. Pancreatitis: A serious, potentially life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas, with symptoms including severe abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.
  4. Thyroid Tumors: Animal studies have suggested a risk of thyroid C-cell tumors, leading to warnings about a potential risk of medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) in humans.
  5. Kidney Problems: Impaired kidney function can increase the risk of kidney failure or exacerbate pre-existing kidney conditions.
  6. Gallbladder Issues: Problems can include gallstones and gallbladder inflammation, causing abdominal pain, fever, and jaundice.

Patients should closely monitor their health and consult healthcare providers to manage side effects effectively.

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Content Reviewed by Michele Stephan – Medical Product Liability Lawyer

Michele Stephan

Michele Stephan handles defective medical device cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. Ms. Stephan has represented clients in civil litigation for over 20 years.  At mctlaw she litigates cases for clients with defective Pinnacle metal on metal hip replacements and failing Biomet metal on metal hip implants. Ms. Stephan has represented clients in civil litigation for over 20 years. Stephan is a member of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and the Sarasota County Bar Association Programs Committee. 

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