Byetta is an injectable medication used by millions of patients to help control high blood sugar associated with type-2 diabetes. Unfortunately, in recent years experts have linked this and other diabetes drugs to increased risks of pancreatic cancer and thyroid cancer.
Due to the failure of the manufacturer, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), to properly warn patients of the risks of this drug, they face liability for the damages caused. Lawyers are helping those affected file a Byetta lawsuit.
Pancreatic cancer is a leading cause of cancer death as it is often detected late and can spread quickly. While thyroid cancer is usually less severe, it may still require surgery, radioactive iodine or ongoing medical treatment.
In the case of serious injury from defective drugs, a lawsuit can help patients recover damages for pain, suffering, medical expenses and lost time. It can also provide much-needed assistance for the families of those affected.
Although litigation for Byetta cancer is still in early stages, experts predict the volume of cases could result in them being consolidated to a central federal court. A lawyer can explain more about the Byetta lawsuit process and whether your case qualifies.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer after using Byetta, it is important to speak with a lawyer. You may be entitled to substantial compensation from a Byetta lawsuit. However, time is limited. Contact us today.
Byetta works by increasing the hormone GLP-1 to spur more insulin production. It also slows the body’s digestive rate to limit the amount of glucose absorbed into the blood. However, this may also lower the body’s defenses to certain cancers.
The FDA first warned of Byetta dangers in 2007 after 6 pancreatitis deaths were reported among patients using the drug. In 2009, they added a warning for Byetta kidney failure. In 2010, the FDA requested that the manufacturer conduct additional testing on Byetta after reports linked the drug to thyroid cancer.
In 2011, a study from the University of California at Los Angeles indicated diabetes drugs like Byetta could increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 290% and thyroid cancer by 473%. However, researchers cautioned further testing was necessary.
Now, the Journal for the American Medical Association has released a study in 2013 showing diabetes drugs like Byetta can as much as double the risk of pancreatitis, which can lead to pancreatic cancer.
If you or a family member have been affected by pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer after taking Byetta, it is important to learn your options for a Byetta lawsuit, what compensation may be available and how long you have to take action. A lawyer can discuss your case today at no cost.
Filing a lawsuit against a powerful drug company for a defective drug injury can be very complex. 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.
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.