The diabetes medication Byetta has been used by millions of patients to control high blood sugar since it was released in 2005. Unfortunately, studies have linked Byetta and similar drugs to serious conditions like pancreatic cancer and thyroid cancer.
So far, neither the maker of Byetta, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), nor the FDA have issued a Byetta recall. However, lawyers are helping those affected file lawsuits based on BMS’ sale of the defective drug and failure to properly warn of the dangers.
Byetta is a twice-daily injectable medication that increases the hormone GLP-1 to initiate more insulin production and also slows the body’s digestive rate to limit the amount of glucose absorbed into the blood. However, the effects of Byetta may also lower the body’s defenses to certain cancers.
While the maker of Byetta was forced by the FDA to add warnings for pancreatitis and kidney problems, they have not issued a Byetta recall or warned patients of the more severe risks for pancreatic cancer and thyroid cancer.
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.
Drug experts first suspected the FDA might issue a Byetta recall in 2007 when the agency received reports of 6 deaths from pancreatitis among patients. However, they simply warned consumers of the heightened pancreatic risks. In 2009, they added a warning for Byetta kidney failure.
Following reports linking Byetta with thyroid cancer in 2010, the FDA requested that the manufacturer conduct additional studies to investigate any connection between Byetta and thyroid cancer.
In 2011, researchers from UCLA published their own study which suggested diabetes drugs like Byetta could increase the risk of thyroid cancer by 473% and the risk of pancreatic cancer by 290%. However, no Byetta recall was issued since further testing was necessary.
This year, the Journal for the American Medical Association released a study which found diabetes drugs like Byetta could double the risk of pancreatitis, which can lead to pancreatic cancer.
If you or a family member have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer after using Byetta, it is important to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. You may be entitled to recover from the maker of the drug for your damages. However, time is limited.
Since lawsuits for defective drug injuries can be very complex, 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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