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What is the Ozempic Controversy?


  • Ozempic is a weight loss drug that can help control blood sugar levels
  • The medication is controversial because scientific studies have connected Ozempic to gastroparesis
  • Those who suffered from gastroparesis after using Ozempic can file a product liability lawsuit to pursue compensation for damages
  • Plaintiffs allege that Novo Nordisk, the manufacturer of Ozempic, failed to disclose that the drug can cause gastroparesis in marketing and its warning label

Ozempic is an injectable medication used by those with type II diabetes to help modulate their blood sugar levels and lose weight. However, recent scientific studies have connected this weight-loss drug to a severe medical condition called gastroparesis, which can paralyze stomach muscles and lead to slower muscle movement and issues with food digestion.

The controversial drug has come under fire from those who suggest the manufacturer, Novo Nordisk, was not entirely honest in marketing materials. Many users of Ozempic have filed product liability lawsuits with Novo Nordisk for failing to disclose the health risks presented by this product. Users seek financial compensation for damages caused by gastroparesis.

What is Ozempic?

Before coming under fire in defective drug lawsuits, Ozempic became one of the most popular drugs on the market for its use as a weight-loss drug. Ozempic was originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2017 to help adults with type II diabetes. Users could receive one weekly injection to help lower blood sugar.

However, Ozempic became a popular weight-loss drug, as some doctors have prescribed it to overweight patients. Research suggests that the active ingredient in Ozempic, semaglutide, can help with weight loss by slowing the movement of stomach muscles. Unfortunately, this slowing of the stomach muscles has also led to significant health issues for users.

Ozempic Can Cause Stomach Paralysis

The controversy about the weight-loss drug is that Ozempic can cause stomach paralysis. Ozempic is a GLP-1 Receptor Agonist Analog-Type drug that slows food digestion and promotes weight loss. However, this slowing of the stomach muscles can also cause stomach paralysis in the form of gastroparesis.

This severe medical disorder leads to food sitting in the stomach for too long. Users of Ozempic have experienced significant symptoms from the slowing of their digestive system, such as stomach pain, nausea, acid reflux, vomiting, malnutrition, abdominal bloating, and lack of appetite.

Those who suffer from gastroparesis can experience daily pain and suffering that makes life harder and causes significant damages. Gastroparesis requires expensive medical treatment that involves surgery with high medical bills.

Novo Nordisk Concealed that Ozempic Could Cause Gastroparesis

Ozempic has been credibly linked to causing gastroparesis by a National Library of Medicine study. People who have suffered from this severe medical disorder have filed product liability lawsuits with the manufacturer of Ozempic, Novo Nordisk.

Plaintiffs allege that the drug manufacturer knew that Ozempic could cause stomach problems and concealed this fact from consumers. This failure to warn, if proven true, could leave them liable for damages in product liability lawsuits.

While Novo Nordisk has admitted that Ozempic can have gastrointestinal side effects, they have only conceded to mild symptoms. They also insist that any negative side effect was listed on Ozempic’s warning label.

Filing a Lawsuit to Hold Ozempic’s Manufacturer Accountable for Their Negligence

Those who used Ozempic and suffered from it can file an Ozempic lawsuit to hold Novo Nordisk accountable for their negligence. The weight-loss drug can expose users to a severe medical disorder that can lead to months of pain and discomfort. Novo Nordisk failed to disclose the adverse side effects of Ozempic that many users have suffered.

As of December 2023, eighteen personal injury lawsuits have been filed to pursue compensation from Ozempic, causing damages. However, there has yet to be a mass tort consolidating all Ozempic lawsuits because litigation is in its early stages.

Contact The Russo Firm for Help With Your Ozempic Lawsuit

At The Russo Firm, our experienced lawyers can use their product liability expertise to help with your Ozempic lawsuit. They will understand the pain you are going through and what the best legal strategies are to help you recover financially from gastroparesis.

Our product liability attorneys can assist you by calculating the value of your lawsuit, determining the best path to recover compensation, and filing the necessary paperwork to begin your Ozempic lawsuit. Contact us for a free Ozempic lawsuit consultation today at (561) 270-0913 or leave a message on our online contact page.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ozempic Lawsuits

How Can Gastroparesis from Ozempic Affect Your Life Long-Term?

Severe health problems from defective drugs, such as gastroparesis from Ozempic, can majorly affect someone’s health long-term. In the case of gastroparesis, many of those who suffered from the medical condition from Ozempic have stated that they still feel stomach pain and complications stemming from the disorder months later.

There is no accepted cure for gastroparesis, so those diagnosed with it will have to go through trial and error to figure out a treatment that works for them. In most cases, people have to live with symptoms of gastroparesis, which can include vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain, for months or even years.

Can Ozempic Cause Gallbladder Disease?

Another controversial element of Ozempic is recent studies that connect the weight-loss drug to gallbladder disease. According to a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, medications containing semaglutide as an active ingredient can increase the risk of gallbladder disease.

The study discovered this connection by reviewing 76 other studies analyzing the effect of glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists like Ozempic. Nobody has filed an Ozempic lawsuit because of gallbladder disease, but Ozempic users should be aware of the danger of the weight-loss drug causing this serious medical condition.

Why Should You Hire a Product Liability Lawyer to Help With Your Ozempic Lawsuit?

If you suffer from gastroparesis because of Ozempic use, you could file an Ozempic lawsuit to hold Novo Nordisk accountable for your economic and non-economic damages. However, doing this alone is a challenging task. Having a product liability lawyer in your corner for your Ozempic lawsuit can help increase your chances of recovering fair compensatory damages.

Hiring a lawyer can prove a huge asset in your Ozempic lawsuit. They can use their experience and expertise in product liability and defective drug cases to help you assess damages, determine liability, collect evidence, and negotiate a fair settlement to compensate you for damages caused by gastroparesis from Ozempic.

Article written or reviewed by:

Attorney Anthony Russo

Attorney Anthony Russo

Managing Partner and Lawyer at The Russo Firm

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