Ozempic Lawsuit: Understanding the Legal Battle and Its Impact on Diabetes Medication

Ozempic Lawsuit

Ozempic Lawsuit

Ozempic, a popular prescription medication used to treat type 2 diabetes, is at the center of a lawsuit alleging that the drug’s manufacturer, Novo Nordisk, engaged in misleading marketing practices and failed to adequately warn consumers about potential health risks. This lawsuit has raised concerns about the pharmaceutical industry’s marketing tactics and the safety of medications used to treat chronic conditions.

Ozempic Lawsuit Update

In February, 2024, The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered that all current Ozempic lawsuits in federal court be centralized in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. There are already 13 lawsuits (of the 55 known cases) in this district and before U.S. District Judge Gene E. K. Pratter.

This order will create a multidistrict litigation or MDL. Though similar to a class action, MDLs resolve each claim individually while allowing judicial rulings and the discovery process to be streamlined. Class actions, on the other hand, combine all claims into a single case resolved together.

History of Ozempic

Originally, Ozempic was not designed to be an anti-obesity drug. Instead, when semaglutide was developed, it was intended as a diabetes therapy. When Ozempic became available to the public in 2017, it was approved by the FDA for use as a drug to control the effects of diabetes.

Less than a year after Ozempic was released in 2017, though, researchers at the University of Leeds discovered the drug could also be used to treat obesity. Just a few years later, in 2021, the FDA approved Wegovy for long-term weight management in adults who have at least one other weight-related condition.

Allegations in Ozempic Lawsuits

Plaintiffs in Ozempic lawsuits have alleged that the drug causes a dangerous condition called gastroparesis. A case report linking this drug and gastroparesis can be found in the National Library of Medicine database.

Gastroparesis is a chronic condition where the nerves and muscles in the stomach wall severely weaken. This weakening makes it more difficult for the stomach to transfer food to the small intestine. Results of gastroparesis include intestinal blockages or obstruction, and it often leads to nausea and diarrhea.

Other Alleged Ozempic Side Effects

Currently, lawsuits have been filed concerning the side effects of Ozempic related to the stomach and the muscles of the stomach lining. Plaintiffs allege that Novo Nordisk concealed or downplayed these side effects, but there are other potential side effects that may lead to further legal action.

Possible Connection to Suicidal Ideation

The European Medicines Agency is also currently reviewing data that suggests there may be a link between semaglutide and suicidal ideation. The agency has received at least 150 reports of people suffering suicidal thoughts while taking Ozempic.

In the U.S., Wegovy is required to carry a warning about suicidal behavior. However, this warning is required for all chronic weight loss medication in the United States. Semaglutide might reflect a higher risk than that attributed to other weight management medications. So far, though, no Ozempic lawsuit is based on this allegation.

Association With Gallbladder Disease

In studies published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found a link between use of drugs like Ozempic, Rybelsus and Wegovy is associated with an increased risk of gallbladder disease. These drugs all act as glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist (GLP-1 RA) hormones. In a 2022 review of 76 studies on the effects of these GLP-1 RAs, the association with gallbladder diseases was confirmed.

So far, lawsuits have not been filed against Novo Nordisk or the makers of Rybelsus or Wegovy, but patients who used these drugs and were diagnosed with gallbladder disease may file in the future.

Eligibility to File an Ozempic Lawsuit

Every Ozempic lawsuit to date has been filed by someone who used the drug and developed gastrointestinal problems. Lawyers will typically only take clients who can show that they experienced chronic vomiting or diarrhea for a month or more. That represents a relatively small percentage of the people who have used the drug.

If the only harm you have suffered from taking Ozempic is suicidal ideation, you can try consulting with a lawyer. Unless more data becomes available connecting semaglutide with suicidal thoughts, though, few lawyers are likely to take you as a plaintiff. This type of lawsuit may become viable after the European Medicines Agency has finished analyzing data about such a connection.


The Ozempic lawsuit underscores the importance of transparency and accountability in the pharmaceutical industry. As the legal battle unfolds, it will be important for Novo Nordisk to address the allegations against it and take steps to ensure that consumers are properly informed about the risks associated with Ozempic. This lawsuit also serves as a reminder to other pharmaceutical companies to prioritize consumer safety and to provide clear and accurate information about their medications.

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