Since it was released in 2005, the injectable drug Byetta has become a popular treatment for those dealing with type-2 diabetes to control high blood sugar. Unfortunately, studies have linked diabetes drugs like this to serious conditions such as pancreatic cancer and thyroid cancer.
Byetta helps lower blood sugar and limits the amount of glucose absorbed into the blood. However, studies suggest it can also reduce the body’s defenses to cancer. Already, hundreds of patients have contacted a Byetta lawyer after being affected.
Although drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) warned that Byetta may be associated with pancreatitis and kidney failure, they have not warned about pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer risks. Therefore, those affected have the right to file claims. A Byetta lawyer can explain the process and let you know if your case qualifies.
Filing a defective drug injury claim often involves specialized litigation against a powerful drug company in a federal multi-district litigation court. However, it costs nothing to speak with a Byetta lawyer or file a claim unless you recover.
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, however, time is limited. Contact us today.
The FDA first warned of Byetta dangers in 2007 after receiving reports of 6 patients dying from pancreatitis. Then, in 2009, they cautioned it may be linked to kidney failure. In 2010, the FDA ordered additional safety tests after reports linked Byetta and thyroid cancer.
In 2011, researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles discovered that diabetes drugs like Byetta may be related to a 290% increased risk of pancreatic cancer and a 473% increased risk of thyroid cancer. However, BMS has continued selling it since.
In February of 2013, the Journal for the American Medical Association published a study suggesting diabetes drugs like Byetta can double the risk of pancreatitis, which is a major risk actor for pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer is a leading cause of cancer death which is often detected late and can spread quickly. Thyroid cancer is usually less severe, but still can require surgery, radioactive iodine or ongoing medical treatment. A Byetta lawyer can explain the compensation that may be available to help with these conditions.
If you or a family member have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer after taking Byetta, it is important to learn about your legal options and how long you have to take action. A lawyer can discuss your case today.
Filing a lawsuit 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.
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