Onglyza Heart Failure Lawsuits Centralized in Kentucky
Previously, we mentioned that the Onglyza litigation could be consolidated. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) has ordered all Onglyza heart failure lawsuits involving Onglyza and also Kombiglyze XR to be centralized before a single judge in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky.
About Onglyza & Heart Failure
Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR (generic version: saxagliptin) are Type 2 diabetes medications sold by AstraZeneca and Bristol-Myers Squibb, respectively. They are popular medications for controlling blood sugar. However, studies and the FDA linked them to an increased risk of heart failure and pancreatitis. When AstraZeneca submitted their study to the FDA for approval, the main side effect they noted was an upper respiratory infection. There wasn’t any mention of heart failure.
Onglyza Heart Failure Lawsuits Update
Currently, over 80 claims that Onglyza caused heart failure are pending in 30 federal jurisdictions. The JPML requested those cases be sent to the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky under Karen K. Caldwell. Consolidating the cases reduces duplicate discovery into common issues, avoid conflicting pretrial rulings from different courts and to serve the convenience of the parties, witnesses, and the courts.
The JPML selected Eastern District of Kentucky as the most suitable venue since it is relatively accessible and the longest-pending action is proceeding in that district. The court consolidates these cases into a multi-district litigation called MDL No. 2809. Also, as part of the coordinated pretrial proceedings, Judge Caldwell will establish a bellwether process. This is where the judge will schedule a small group of cases for early trial dates. These trials help gauge how juries may respond to certain evidence and testimony repeated throughout the litigation.
Still Accepting New Cases
The Michael Brady Lynch Firm is still accepting cases in all 50 states. We represent those who took Onglyza or Kombiglyze XR and experienced heart failure. Saxagliptin medications like Onglyza and Kombligyze XR have hurt thousands of people. It is important that if Onglyza caused your heart failure to contact a law firm, who has experience and the resources to get you the compensation you deserve. The Michael Brady Lynch Firm is that firm. We have decades of experience at recovering millions for clients. This is why we have received a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, such as inclusion on numerous Plaintiff Steering Committees. We will take whatever legal measures are necessary when fighting for your rights to damages.