Recent studies have linked the diabetes drug Byetta with the severe conditions pancreatic cancer and thyroid cancer. Unfortunately, millions of patients who have not been properly warned of the dangers continue to use this drug.
Records show that the maker of Byetta, Bristol-Myers Squibb, had reason to suspect their product had cancer risks, but continued to sell it regardless. Now, those affected can file claims for their injuries. Although there is not a Byetta class action lawsuit, lawyers are helping patients with individual claims.
Byetta works to increase the production of insulin by triggering the hormone GLP-1. Studies from UCLA and the Journal for the American Medical Association have suggested that this may significantly increase the risk for thyroid cancer or pancreatic cancer. Both can be life threatening and require significant treatment.
Although there is currently no class action lawsuit for Byetta, those affected may file individual lawsuits against Bristol-Myers Squibb for their defective product. These lawsuits are often joined under one court, giving victims an advantage over a Byetta class action lawsuit.
If you or a family member were diagnosed with pancreatic or thyroid cancer after taking Byetta, it is important to speak with a lawyer. You may be entitled to substantial compensation not available from a Byetta class action lawsuit. Contact us today.
A recent study from UCLA suggested Byetta could increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by as much as 290% and thyroid cancer by 473%. With the number of patients who’ve taken this medication, experts fear thousands could be affected.
A class action lawsuit for Byetta would be helpful if a large number of patients had experienced minor damages, as this would give the group as a whole more influence. However, those patients affected by pancreatic or thyroid cancer have suffered severe injuries, which are best compensated from individual lawsuits.
As with most defective drug injury lawsuits, lawyers have requested that individual cases from around the country be consolidated to one central federal multi-district litigation court. There, victims can share evidence and resources without losing control of their own case as often happens in a class action suit.
Most importantly, individual lawsuits allow victims to select their own lawyer, and cases to be evaluated on their own merits, rather than as part of a large group. This usually results in higher recoveries than sharing one large award from a class action lawsuit for Byetta.
If you or a family member have been affected by pancreatic or thyroid cancer after taking Byetta, a lawyer can discuss your case today at no charge to let you know if compensation is available and how long you have to take action.
Defective drug injury lawsuits can be very complex with years of fighting against large 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 diabetes drug cancer lawsuits or Byetta lawsuits.
Contact us today for more information on the warnings, research, side effects and legal news related to Byetta and other diabetes drugs, or to speak with a lawyer. We are available 24 hours a day to help.