Ozempic Injury Lawsuit

Ozempic is the latest craze in weight loss that has swept the nation. A drug that not only helps to manage diabetes but also aids in shedding extra pounds. The medication intended to treat type 2 diabetes has captured the attention of celebrities and others seeking to lose weight. However, startling claims suggest that Ozempic and similar weight loss medications might be tied to an unexpected and concerning outcome: gastroparesis, which is paralysis of the stomach. 

Our firm is currently handling lawsuits on behalf of individuals harmed by Ozempic. These lawsuits allege the drug causes intense gastrointestinal complications in patients. Call (888) 525-3529 or fill out the free case evaluation form on this page today to speak with an Ozempic injury lawyer at our firm.

What Is Ozempic?  

Developed by Novo Nordisk and approved by the FDA in 2017, Ozempic offers a solution for blood sugar control and weight management. The drug’s active ingredient, semaglutide, belongs to a family of medications known as GLP-1 receptor agonists. Ozempic treats type 2 diabetes by assisting the pancreas in making more insulin.  

While the FDA did not approve Ozempic for weight loss, it is a side effect of taking the drug. Ozempic mimics a naturally occurring hormone. By doing so, the rising hormone levels reach the brain, curbing the user’s appetite.   

Ozempic, administered as a once-weekly injection, seemed to hold the key to a dual approach for diabetes and weight concerns.  

Why Are People Filing Ozempic Injury Lawsuits? 

On August 2, 2023, Louisiana resident Jaclyn Bjorklund filed the first Ozempic injury lawsuit. The 44-year-old woman used Ozempic for more than a year at the recommendation of her physician. In July 2023, she switched from Ozempic to another known weight-loss drug, Mounjaro. 

Following her use of these drugs, Bjorklund suffered a series of distressing gastrointestinal events. According to her Ozempic injury lawsuit, Bjorklund visited the emergency room on multiple occasions for a cascade of severe symptoms, including vomiting so intense that she lost teeth.  

The recently filed lawsuit alleges that the manufacturers failed to warn users about taking GLP-1 receptor agonists and the risk of developing severe gastrointestinal issues, including gastroparesis and gastroenteritis. 

Manufacturers Involved in Ozempic Injury Lawsuits 

Ozempic is among a few weight loss drugs that have led individuals to file lawsuits. Other weight loss drugs that have come under fire for reportedly harming users include Mounjaro, Rybelsus, Wegovy, and Saxenda.  

 Claims of stomach paralysis and other dangerous stomach injuries have prompted people to file weight loss drug lawsuits against:   

  • Novo Nordisk – the manufacturer of Ozempic, Wegovy, Rybelsus, and Saxenda 
  • Eli Lilly and Company – the manufacturer of Mounjaro 

If you endured gastrointestinal injuries after taking the weight loss drugs from these companies, you may qualify for an Ozempic injury lawsuit. A claim can help you recover compensation to pay costly medical bills and other expenses.  

The FDA on Ozempic and Similar Drugs  

The FDA has weighed in amid the discourse surrounding GLP-1 agonist medications and their potential connection to gastroparesis. The agency acknowledges that the precise role of GLP-1 agonist medications in contributing to gastroparesis remains uncertain. However, the FDA assured that it would continue to assess new evidence in its evaluation of the safety of these medications.  

Injuries in Weight Loss Drug Claims 

Claimants argue that the companies were aware of the association with severe health effects but failed to warn patients about the full extent of these complications. In fact, Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly and Co. have acknowledged that drugs falling within the GLP-1 receptor agonist class, which includes Ozempic and Mounjaro, might lead to certain gastrointestinal events. However, these companies claim that their current warnings of delayed gastric emptying, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting were adequate to warn of stomach paralysis.   

Individuals who took Ozempic and similar weight loss drugs reported experiencing:  

  • Gastroparesis (stomach paralysis) 
  • Severe vomiting 
  • Stomach pain 
  • Gastrointestinal burning
  • Bowel or gastric obstruction
  • Ileus
  • Pancreatic cancer or pancreatitis
  • Gallstones

Also called delayed gastric emptying, gastroparesis is a disorder that slows or stops the movement of food from your stomach to your small intestine. For example, Jaclyn Bjorklund explained that she would throw up whole foods hours after eating them. Meanwhile, the manufacturers described the majority of side effects as mild to moderate.  

 The Lake Law Firm can support you in an Ozempic injury lawsuit if you have endured serious gastrointestinal side effects after taking these weight loss treatments.   

What Compensation Could I Recover in an Ozempic Injury Lawsuit?  

If you used Ozempic, Wegovy, Rybelsus, or Saxenda and developed gastrointestinal problems, you may be able to recover any or all of the following:  

  • Past and future medical expenses; 
  • Past and future pain and suffering; 
  • Loss of wages; and 
  • Other economic losses related to your injury. 

 How Our Law Firm Can Help You 

The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. The lawyers in our firm have helped collect millions of dollars for their clients. An Ozempic injury lawyer will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation at (888) 525-3529 or submit an inquiry on this page.