The drug Byetta has helped millions of patients with type-2 diabetes control their high blood sugar since it was released in 2005. The injectable medication works by increasing the hormone GLP-1, which promotes insulin production and slows digestion to limit glucose entering the blood.
Unfortunately, health officials have warned that diabetes drugs like Byetta may also be associated with increased risks of pancreatic cancer and thyroid cancer. While research continues into Byetta cancer, patients should learn about their options.
Pancreatic cancer is a dangerous condition that can spread quickly and is often detected late, giving a poor prognosis. Thyroid cancer is usually less severe, but may still cause patients to endure surgery or radioactive treatment.
Common symptoms of either Byetta cancer may include:
If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms after taking Byetta or another diabetes medication, it is important to speak with your doctor immediately.
The maker of Byetta, Bristol-Myers Squibb, failed to properly warn patients of these risks. Therefore, lawyers are helping those affected by Byetta cancer file claims for their damages.
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with thyroid or pancreatic cancer after using Byetta, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal rights as soon as possible. Contact us today.
The FDA first warned of a link between Byetta and pancreatitis in 2007, after 6 patients died of the disease while using the drug. At that time the agency ordered the maker to add label warnings for pancreatitis.
In 2010, the FDA recommended that the manufacturer conduct additional studies to identify any Byetta cancer risks after reports linked the drug to several cases of thyroid cancer.
A study released by the University of California at Los Angeles in 2011 revealed that Byetta use could increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 290% and thyroid cancer by 473%.
This year, both the Journal of the American Medical Association and Institute for Safe Medication Practices also warned that diabetes drugs like Byetta may be related to substantial increases in the risk of pancreatitis, a major risk factor for pancreatic cancer.
If you or a family member have been diagnosed with cancer after using Byetta, it is important to speak with a lawyer about filing a claim for compensation and how long you have to take action. A lawyer can discuss your case today at no cost.
Defective drug injury lawsuits can involve litigation against powerful drug companies. Therefore, it is important to choose a lawyer with experience in this type of case. DrugRisk only recommends lawyers and law firms that have already handled Byetta lawsuits.
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