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Ozempic, Wegovy, and Trulicity Lawsuits – Science Day Announced

  • May 2, 2024
  • KBA Attorneys
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Our firm litigates pharmaceutical, drug cases. We are investigating Ozempic, Wegovy, and Trulicity injuries. The newly-formed MDL announced a science day in this new litigation.

Understanding Pharmaceutical Lawsuits: The GLP-1 RA Case Study

Pharmaceutical lawsuits are complex legal battles where patients claim that certain medications have caused them harm. The generally involve product liability claims.

These cases often gather many similar complaints into a single lawsuit to streamline the process. A special court called, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, oversees this process. When this happens, it is known as a Multidistrict Litigation (“MDL”).

One such MDL currently in the spotlight involves a group of drugs known as glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs). This includes popular diabetes medications like Ozempic, Wegovy, and Trulicity.

What Are GLP-1 RA Drugs (Ozempic, Wegovy, and Trulicity)?

Patients use GLP-1 RA drugs to treat type 2 diabetes by helping the pancreas produce insulin more efficiently. They help with weight loss because they can make you feel fuller longer after eating.

Why Are These Drugs in Litigation?

Patients report side effects such as gastrointestinal issues. Plaintiffs in these cases allege the drug caused these injuries. Due to the commonality and number of these claims, the JPML consolidated lawsuits into an MDL in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Judge Gene E.K. Pratter overseas the MDL.

The Challenge of Proving Injury, Causation

One of the main challenges in pharmaceutical cases like this one is proving that the drug caused the health problems Plaintiffs allege. Manufacturers of GLP-1 RA drugs (Ozempic, Wegovy, and Trulicity), such as Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly, argue that there is no concrete evidence directly linking their drugs to the side effects like gastroparesis and intestinal blockage. They contend that the injuries could be related to other factors.

What Happens Next?

There will be discovery – the exchange of documents and information – for months if not years to come. This will include depositions. Both sides will name experts as well.

The legal process in these kinds of cases sometimes involves a “Science Day.” This is when attorneys and sometimes scientific experts present evidence concerning the drug’s effects. This helps the judge make informed decisions about the case. There will be a science day in the Ozempic, Wegovy, and Trulicity litigation.

The next steps will likely involve reviewing scientific studies and testimonies from medical experts to determine if there is a strong link between GLP-1 RA drugs and the alleged injuries.

Why This Matters

This is critical because it may influence the Court’s decision about later rulings. At some point the Defendants will predicably move to exclude Plaintiffs’ experts’ testimony that their drugs injure people. They will try to get the Court to dismiss all the cases. Having a science day early in the litigation is often a defense strategy because it comes before Plaintiffs’ lawyers have obtained and analyzed all the scientific and medical data. Thus, it would affect the compensation those Ozempic, Wegovy, and Trulicity harmed receive. Also, by following cases like the GLP-1 RA MDL, we learn more about the safety of medications and the legal protections for consumers.

Pharmaceutical lawsuits like the GLP-1 RA MDL are important for ensuring drug safety and holding manufacturers accountable for their products. They also highlight the need for clear and accurate information for patients considering these medications.

If you used Ozempic, Wegovy, and Trulicity and suffered GI issues, contact us today for more information.