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Written By: Robert King, Esq.
Legal Review By: Daniel Nigh, Esq.
The Wegovy Lawsuit is an active lawsuit
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Wegovy Lawsuit Overview

Wegovy is a semaglutide manufactured by Novo Nordisk. It was originally prescribed to treat Type 2 diabetes under the brand name Ozempic. When it was discovered that it was an effective appetite suppressant, manufacturers released a higher dose of the semaglutide to help treat obesity. Both Ozempic and Wegovy are administered via subcutaneous injection

There have been severe health complications, including stomach paralysis related to the use of Wegovy which was approved for weight loss in 2021. Reported side effects include gastroparesis, gallbladder issues, pancreatitis and other serious medical conditions. If you or your loved one have experienced adverse health effects after taking Wegovy, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

Wegovy Lawsuit Update – July 2024

July 10, 2024 – Wegovy Lawsuit Expanded to Include Vision Loss Claims

The Wegovy Lawsuit will now include cases of vision loss. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association by Dr. Jimena Hathaway, MD, MPH, indicates that the use of Wegovy increases the risk of a certain type of blindness and vision loss. The study followed over sixteen thousand people for over six years and concluded that the use of Wegovy increased the risk of Nonarteritic Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy (NAION) between four and seven times. This type of blindness, often known as NAION, is also increased by the use of Ozempic and Rybelsus, other drugs containing semaglutide produced by pharmaceutical manufacturer Novo Nordisk.

June 17, 2024 – Wegovy Lawsuit Progresses with First Status Conference Under New Judge Karen Marston

On June 10, 2024, the new judge, Karen Marston, held the first status conference in the Wegovy lawsuit since Judge Pratter’s passing. The focus was on the logistics of moving MDL 3094 forward. The judge has already issued two orders since the status conference. The first order allows lawyers who wish to file cases into the GLP-1 MDL to do so without paying a fee to be admitted pro hac vice. Secondly, the parties have filed a motion, seemingly with permission from the judge, regarding privilege logs. Parties in lawsuits are required to turn over relevant information to the other side, but sometimes there are privileges that can be asserted. For example, if a document is not turned over due to privilege, then the document must be logged, and the other side informed that it exists.

June 8, 2024 – New Judge Appointed to Wegovy Lawsuit Orders In-Person Meeting on June 10, 2024

The Wegovy Lawsuit has a new judge. Case Management Order number 7, filed on June 6, 2024, announced that Karen Spencer Marston will be the judge in the Wegovy Lawsuit moving forward. Judge Marston was a criminal prosecutor before becoming a judge. The case will now proceed, and the judge wasted no time, scheduling an in-person meeting for Monday, June 10, 2024.

May 7, 2024 – Lawyers Ordered to Present Scientific Insights on ‘Science Day’

Plaintiff and defense lawyers have been ordered to appear for “Science Day” before Judge Pratter in the Wegovy Lawsuit. Science Days are common in big litigations. The private proceedings give each side a chance to inform the judge about the scientific issues that will be part of the case. The Wegovy lawsuit is part of MDL 3094, officially known as GLP-1RA Products Liability Litigation. The plaintiffs and defense will each have 2.5 hours to address the judge. It will be interesting to see how much of that time is spent on Wegovy. We believe semaglutide will be the majority of the cases in this lawsuit. Semaglutide is the active ingredient in Ozempic, Wegovy, and Rybelsus, but the drugs have different approvals and different usages according to the manufacturer and the FDA.

April 11, 2024 – Wegovy Lawsuit Strategy: Novo Nordisk Files Statement of the Case

Wegovy manufacturer Novo Nordisk filed a statement of the case on April 9, 2024. The Wegovy manufacturer confirmed that there are currently 109 cases against Novo Nordisk and only 17 against Lilly. The alleged illnesses in the cases against the Wegovy manufacturer are 39 gastroparesis, 12 intestinal obstruction, 15 gallbladder, and 40 unspecified gastrointestinal injuries. They allege that the next step in the process is agreeing on a Plaintiff Fact Sheet, so they can prepare a defense. The defense goes to great lengths to point out the positive uses of the medicine and attempts to describe it as revolutionary medication. The plaintiffs, on the other hand, say that significant side effects are not warned of. The defense also suggests that they will aggressively defend Wegovy lawsuits that allege gastroparesis without objective testing confirming the diagnosis. Finally, the Wegovy defense team suggests they may employ a “learned intermediary” defense. The learned intermediary defense alleges that doctors are keenly aware of the side effects of Wegovy and they had a duty to warn the patient of commonly known side effects.

April 1, 2024 – Novo Nordisk Says Some Products for Sale Aren’t Really Wegovy, Files Lawsuit

Pharma giant Novo Nordisk continues to file lawsuits against pharmacies that sell compounded semaglutide, the active ingredient in Wegovy. The FDA has acknowledged several reports of adverse effects from knock-off Wegovy, beginning in early 2023. Since that time, Novo Nordisk has settled at least two cases against pharmacies. The problem does not seem to be going away. On January 10, 2024, the FDA issued further warnings about the problems associated with imitation Wegovy. We expect more lawsuits to be filed shortly.

March 29, 2024 – Wegovy Lawsuit Lawyers Proposed to Court

Plaintiff attorneys have submitted a single motion to Judge Pratter proposing a slate of lawyers to lead the Wegovy lawsuit. Filed on March 21, 2024, the motion is supported by dozens of lawyers from around the country, including King Law. However, there has been one objection to the leadership slate. Despite this, we are pleased to announce our litigation partner, Daniel Nigh, Esq., has been proposed as a member of the executive committee. In this role, Daniel is expected to be at the forefront of the scientific proof in the Wegovy case. His prior experience in dangerous drug cases, such as being co-lead counsel in the Benicar lawsuit and the Valsartan lawsuit, will provide invaluable experience to the legal team aimed at holding Novo Nordisk accountable for unreasonable injuries caused by Wegovy.

March 20, 2024 – Wegovy Lawsuit Status Conference

The Wegovy lawsuit reached an early milestone last week. The first status conference was held in federal court in Pennsylvania. As expected, the Judge was interested to hear proposals as to how the Plaintiff’s lawyers would work together to bring what everyone expects will be thousands of cases forward. Typically, various committees will be formed with the approval of the Judge. The Judge also expressed an interest in a “Science Day” in short order. Science day will allow the Judge to learn more about the specific scientific issues surrounding Wegovy. Science day will also be a preview of some of the theories of liability by the plaintiffs and how the defense might plan to defend the case. Finally, Eli Lilly lawyers made an request for an early motion for summary judgement date and the judge did not seem inclined to grant that request. She stated that the motion to dismiss was a long time down the road.

March 17, 2024 – Judge Pratter to oversee Wegovy Lawsuit – Why it matters

The importance of the presiding judge in the Wegovy lawsuit cannot be overstated. There will be dozens of lawyers working to prove Wegovy manufacturer Novo Nordisk failed to warn of the dangers of the drug. Judge Pratter is tasked with selecting the lawyers that take on major roles, setting the schedule and ruling on the law. The case, MDL 3094 In Re: Glucagoan-Like Peptide-1 Receptor Agonists Products Liability Litigation, currently includes several different drugs from several different manufacturers. We expect the number included could be reduced in the near future. Wegovy, unlike some of the other drugs is approved for weight loss, so there will be some different legal issues for those affected by Wegovy side affects. Judge Pratter is a highly regarded federal district court Judge. She was educated at Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She was a partner a leading law firm and has been a federal court Judge for over twenty years. We expect the large volume of weight loss drug usage and high rates of side effects will lead to a huge volume of cases in the Wegovy lawsuit. Judge Pratter was specifically selected to oversee this lawsuit because the panel that picked her believed she was highly qualified for a huge case.

March 10, 2024 – Tracking the history of Wegovy lawsuits

The Wegovy lawsuit can trace it’s roots back to research by Mohit Sodhi’s team. Their work was published in Journal of the American Medical Association in fall of 2023. In that study a random sample of over 15 million people taking prescription medication showed that GLP-1 agonists cause increased risk of bowel obstruction and gastroparesis. The first Wegovy lawsuits came soon afterwards. Wegovy is approved for weight loss. It is sometimes used to treat diabetes even though it is not approved for diabetes use. Ozempic and Wegovy use the active ingredient, semaglutide. Both of these drugs will be central in the federal court lawsuit. It should be noted that Wegovy has a higher maximum dosage. Some reports indicate that higher dosages are related to more significant side effects and potential injuries. We expect that some of the most significant and permanent injuries in the GLP-1 litigation will come from Wegovy cases because of the higher doses.

March 7, 2024 – Wegovy Lawsuit takes shape

The Wegovy lawsuit is a multidistrict litigation currently pending in federal court in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. There is not a Wegovy class action lawsuit, but an MDL does have some similarities to a class action. In addition, there are also Wegovy cases pending in New Jersey state court. Lawyers like consolidation because it allows a lot of cases to be handled more efficiently. Instead of a few cases pending in every federal court in the United States all the cases involving semaglutide, a drug patented by Novo Nordisk will be heard in one court. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated the case in February, 2024. The next important decision in the case is what firms will be involved in leading the litigation. After that is decided, there is a very important question: will the case be limited to semaglutide? ie- Ozempic Wegovy, and Rybelsus. Or, will any similar drugs be included? Our next clue is about ten days away, when the judge will hold a status conference with plaintiff and defense lawyers.

February 2024: The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered the 55 cases to be combined and centralized in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Novo Nordisk, the manufacturer of Ozempic, also manufactures Wegovy.

January 2024: Dozens of lawsuits have been filed across the country against Ozempic, Wegovy, and Rybelsus manufacturer Novo Nordisk. The lawsuits allege that the manufacturer failed to warn consumers about the potential for dangerous side effects including stomach paralysis and gallbladder issues.

December 2023: A Louisiana federal judge allows a case against Ozempic and Wegovy manufacturer Novo Nordisk to move forward. The lawsuit indicates that the plaintiff suffered gastroparesis after taking Ozempic.

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What Is Wegovy and How Does It Work?

Wegovy is a prescription weight-loss medication for adults and children 12 and older with obesity or weight-related medical problems. The drug is manufactured by Novo Nordisk and administered as a weekly injection under the skin using a prefilled, single-dose pen. Individuals using Wegovy are encouraged to also follow a reduced calorie meal plan and increase their physical activity.

Individuals who are prescribed Wegovy generally must meet the following criteria:

  • Adults with BMI ≥ 30 (obesity)
  • Adults with BMI ≥ 27 (overweight) with a weight-related health condition
  • Children 12 years and older with a BMI in the 95th percentile or higher (obesity)

Wegovy contains semaglutide, a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist. There is no generic version of the drug available. It is available in multiple dose strengths including 0.25mg, 0.5mg, 1mg, 1.7mg, and 2.4mg. Patients start at the lowest available dose and increase it every four weeks until they reach the maximum dose of 2.4mg.

Ozempic, which is used to treat Type 2 diabetes, is a lower dose of the same drug. Ozempic users take up to 2mg of semaglutide, compared to the full 2.4mg recommended for weight loss. It works by mimicking the glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) to reduce appetite and decrease food intake. It ultimately slows gastric emptying and prolongs feelings of fullness. The reduction in calorie intake leads to weight loss which is generally substantial in the first few months.

Wegovy Side Effects and Symptoms

Wegovy can cause several serious side effects. It is alleged that the manufacturer knew of these side effects and symptoms and failed to effectively warn consumers about the dangers. It is essential for drug manufacturers to adequately warn consumers about the dangers in order to avoid serious harm. When a manufacturer does not provide adequate warnings about a dangerous drug, they may be held legally responsible under certain circumstances.

Wegovy side effects and symptoms:

  • Chronic vomiting
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Gastroparesis (stomach paralysis)
  • Severe stomach issues
  • Malnutrition-related disorders
  • Acute kidney injury or failure
  • Liver failure
  • Gallbladder issues
  • Pancreatitis
  • Ileus
  • Inoperative pulmonary aspiration
  • Esophageal injury
  • Bowel or intestinal obstruction
  • Increased risk of thyroid C-cell tumors
  • Suicidal behavior or thinking

Patients who have reported serious side effects as a result of using Wegovy have not only had concerning health complications, but they have also been left with exorbitant medical bills. Individuals who were not well-informed about the potential risks associated with taking the drug may have a valid claim for damages.

Most Common Side Effects of Wegovy

There are a number of side effects associated with taking Wegovy. Lawsuits allege that Wegovy manufacturer, Novo Nordisk, failed to warn consumers about the severity of the side effects and the potential for serious health conditions such as gastroparesis, pancreatitis, and thyroid tumors.

Common Wegovy side effects:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain and constipation
  • Gastroparesis (slows or stops the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine, also known as stomach paralysis)
  • Pancreatitis
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Decline in kidney function
  • Thyroid tumors, including cancer
  • Increased heart rate and other cardiovascular effects 
  • Vision changes 
  • Low blood sugar
  • Serious allergic reactions
  • Gallbladder problems

While these side effects may lessen over time, many of them can be extremely dangerous if left untreated. In some cases, the side effects of Wegovy can cause long term health problems.

 

Long-Term Side Effects of Wegovy Usage

Wegovy has not only been linked to certain side effects while taking the drug, but also to long term health concerns that continue long after a person is no longer using the prescription. Signs of dangerous side effects may include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and fever.

Potential long term side effects of Wegovy:

  • Gallbladder problems (increased risk of gallstones and inflammation)
  • Pancreatitis 
  • Gastroparesis (Stomach paralysis)
  • Blocked intestines or bowel obstruction
  • Kidney problems including acute kidney injury
  • Hair loss (telogen effluvium or stress-related hair loss)
  • Increased heart rate
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Mental health issues such as reports of suicidal thoughts

In some instances, the problem becomes so severe that surgery is required. There are ongoing studies to understand the risks associated with taking the drug, particularly related to thyroid cancer and mental health side effects. Individuals with a family history of certain thyroid cancers should avoid taking Wegovy.

Infographic listing common side effects of Wegovy and the possible long-term side effects.

Wegovy FDA-Approval and Its Black Box Warning

In June 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved semaglutide under the brand-name of Wegovy for chronic weight management in adults. The drug, used alongside a reduced calorie diet and increased physical activity, was the first approved drug for chronic weight management in adults with obesity or who are overweight since 2014.

Wegovy has a black box warning that notifies consumers about the potential for serious side effects such as possible thyroid tumors including cancer. Research indicates the use of Wegovy showed an increased risk of thyroid cancer in lab animals. 

Uncertainty remains about whether it may have the same effect in humans. Patients with a history of medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) or multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2) are at a higher risk of developing thyroid C-cell tumors.

Wegovy Ingredient Breakdown

The ingredients in Wegovy may cause adverse effects. It is important to discuss your case with an attorney if you experienced harm after taking the prescription medication. The active ingredient in Wegovy is semaglutide which is produced using recombinant DNA technology.

Inactive ingredients in Wegovy:

  • Disodium phosphate dihydrate (buffer) – 1.42 mg.
  • Sodium chloride (salt) – 8.25 mg.
  • Water for injection
  • Hydrochloric acid or sodium hydroxide (to adjust pH)

The medication comes in a single-use injection pen without a preservative. Individuals who suffered adverse health conditions after taking Wegovy may qualify for a personal injury lawsuit

Semaglutide Linked to Major Health Risks

Semaglutide, the active ingredient in Wegovy, has been linked to major health risks. While it helps to regulate blood sugar and aid in weight loss, there have also been reports of it causing gastroparesis, bowel obstruction, and other dangerous health conditions.

Potential risks and side effects of semaglutide:

  • Stomach paralysis or gastroparesis
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Malnutrition-related disorders

The risk for these side effects may increase with higher doses of semaglutide and prolonged use of the medication. Additionally, patients may be at an increased risk if they are using semaglutide specifically for weight-loss purposes and not to treat type 2 diabetes.

Wegovy Manufacturer: Novo Nordisk

Wegovy, the brand name for semaglutide, is manufactured by Novo Nordisk. Semaglutide (a GLP-1 receptor agonist) is designed to mimic a hormone that slows digestion and increases fullness. The drug was initially developed to treat Type 2 diabetes. Trials of the drug extended from January 2016 until May 2017, when the FDA approved the drug under the brand name Ozempic. 

On June 4, 2021, the FDA approved the use of semaglutide for weight loss and long-term weight management under the brand name Wegovy. While both Ozempic and Wegovy are an injectable semaglutide, they differ in strength and application. Patients prescribed Ozempic to treat type 2 diabetes and help prevent cardiovascular issues are given a maximum of 2 mg of the drug, while Wegovy patients have a target dosage of 2.4 mg each week. 

Some patients are unable to tolerate the higher-dose version of the drug that is recommended for weight loss. The higher dose may also lead to an increased potential for adverse effects. Nationwide lawsuits allege Novo Nordisk had insufficient warnings about the risk of harm when taking the drug, including the potential for severe gastrointestinal problems.

Eligibility Criteria for Filing a Wegovy Lawsuit

If you suffered serious side effects after taking Wegovy, you may qualify for a lawsuit. In order to file a Wegovy lawsuit, however, you must meet certain criteria and be able to provide proof of use. 

Eligibility requirements for a Wegovy lawsuit:

  • Proof of use: You must be able to prove that you were actively using Wegovy prior to suffering adverse health conditions. It is important to keep all medical documentation related to your prescription and subsequent injuries.
  • Proof of health complications: You must be able to show that you developed a serious health complication linked directly to the use of the drug including ileus, gastroparesis, gastro-intestinal blockage, bile duct cancer, Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), gallbladder cancer, or sinus cancer. This can be done through medical documentation from a doctor or gastroenterologist.
  • Proof of medical intervention: You must be able to prove that the health condition required medical intervention such as hospitalization, an emergency room (ER) visit or consultation with a gastroenterologist.

It is important to note that lawsuits must be filed within a jurisdictional legal deadline, known as a statute of limitations. Legal action cannot be taken if the statute of limitations has expired. It is imperative to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to determine if you meet the eligibility requirements to file a Wegovy lawsuit.

Infographic listing the eligibility criteria for a Wegovy lawsuit; lists important preservable evidence to help a case.

Evidence to Gather Before Filing Your Lawsuit

Prior to filing a lawsuit, it is important to collect the appropriate evidence. Evidence may prove vital in strengthening your case. An attorney can help collect evidence and ensure that you have all of the necessary documents to prove your case.

Evidence to collect prior to filing a Wegovy lawsuit:

  • Medical records
  • Prescription information
  • Documentation of ER visits or hospitalizations
  • Doctor’s notes

An attorney can help collect evidence and ensure that you have all of the necessary documents to prove your case.

Statute of Limitations for Filing a Wegovy Lawsuit

The statute of limitations for a Wegovy lawsuit varies by state-specific laws. The best way to determine how long you have to file a lawsuit is by consulting with an attorney. A lawyer will notify you of any exceptions that may extend the amount of time you have to take legal action.

How to File a Wegovy Lawsuit

If you have suffered adverse health effects after taking Wegovy, you may be eligible to file a Wegovy lawsuit. The first step to filing a lawsuit is to contact a lawyer to schedule a free case consultation. During the initial consultation, an attorney can help determine whether you are eligible for compensation. 

Next, you will need to collect medical records and other documentation to help prove your case. Evidence, including witness and expert testimony will help verify your claim for medical expenses. 

The attorney you retain can then help to file the actual lawsuit and work to ensure that it meets all legal requirements including filing within the statute of limitations. Your attorney may also work to negotiate a settlement on your behalf. If a settlement cannot be reached, the attorney may set the matter for trial.

Wegovy Settlement and Payout Amounts

It is anticipated that settlements for serious injuries in Wegovy lawsuits will range from $400,000 to $700,000. The amount, however, will vary depending on the case. There is no standardized settlement amount. The severity of your injuries and the extent of your losses will determine your potential payout. Retaining an attorney can help ensure you receive the maximum compensation allowed by law.

Contact a Wegovy Lawyer to File a Claim

Were you injured after taking Wegovy? Contact King Law to schedule a free case evaluation. Our lawyers have decades of collective legal experience handling prescription drug claims. We know how to hold negligent manufacturers accountable for their wrongdoing. Contact our firm today to get started.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Find answers to any major questions you have regarding eligibility in the Wegovy lawsuits below.

Is there a lawsuit against Wegovy?
Multiple lawsuits have been filed against Wegovy and Ozempic manufacturer Novo Nordisk.
What is the lawsuit against Wegovy?
The lawsuits against Novo Nordisk allege that the manufacturer failed to warn consumers about the potential for dangerous side effects related to use of semaglutide (the active ingredient in Wegovy and Ozempic).
What are the side effects of Wegovy?
Potential side effects of taking Wegovy are wide-ranging. They may include the development of gastroparesis, thyroid tumors, mental health conditions, gallbladder issues, and kidney problems. 
Is semaglutide the same as Wegovy?
Semaglutide is the active ingredient in Wegovy. Wegovy is the name-brand of the drug used for weight loss.
What are the long-term side effects of Wegovy?
Long-term side effects associated with using Wegovy include increased heart rate, stomach paralysis, gallbladder issues, kidney problems, suicidal thoughts, and intestinal blockage.
Does Wegovy cause gastroparesis?
There have been numerous reports linking the use of Wegovy to gastroparesis or stomach paralysis.
Can Wegovy cause cancer?
A study in lab animals showed an increased risk for the development of thyroid tumors, including cancer. It is unclear whether the use of Wegovy will have the same effect in humans.
What is stomach paralysis from Wegovy?
Stomach paralysis occurs when there is a slowing down or stoppage of the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine leading to nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, bloating, and fullness.
Can Wegovy cause permanent gastroparesis?
Some cases of stomach paralysis did not resolve after stopping the use of Wegovy.
Can Wegovy cause intestinal blockage?
The use of Wegovy has been linked to bowel obstruction and intestinal blockage.
Who is eligible to file a Wegovy lawsuit?
Individuals who suffered provable adverse health effects after taking Wegovy may be eligible to file a lawsuit. The best way to determine eligibility is by consulting with an attorney.
How can I join the class action lawsuit against Wegovy?
In order to join a lawsuit, you need to speak with a qualified attorney.
How much is the Wegovy lawsuit going to payout?
Anticipated settlement amounts for serious injuries related to the use of Wegovy range between $400,000 and $700,000. However, settlement values will vary depending on the case.