Byetta is a twice-daily injectable treatment designed to help those suffering from type-II diabetes control blood sugar. It was released in 2005, but has gained popularity in recent years after inventor Amylin Pharmaceuticals was purchased by Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Byetta works by increasing the hormone GLP-1, helping the body make more insulin. It also slows the digestive rate to limit the amount of glucose entering the blood. However, studies have shown this can cause serious Byetta side effects.
The maker of Byetta, Bristol-Myers Squibb, has advised patients of common Byetta side effects, including:
The FDA also later required BMS to add a warning label for pancreatitis and kidney failure. In addition to these Byetta side effects, recent studies have added concern that the drug may be related to thyroid cancer and pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer is a leading cause of cancer death since it is often detected late and can spread quickly. Thyroid cancer may be less severe, but can still require surgery, radioactive iodine or ongoing medical treatment.
Lawyers are currently helping those affected by either of these Byetta side effects file claims due to the failure of the manufacturer to properly warn of the risks.
If you or a family member were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer after using Byetta, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal rights and the compensation available. Contact us today.
The FDA first warned about Byetta in 2007 after receiving reports that 6 patients died of pancreatitis while using the drug. In 2009, they also added a warning that it could be associated with kidney failure.
In 2010, the FDA requested that then-manufacturer Amylin conduct additional safety testing on Byetta after reports linked it to thyroid cancer.
Researchers from UCLA published their own study of diabetes drug risks in 2011, which showed that Byetta could increase the risk of thyroid cancer by 473% and the risk of pancreatic cancer by 290%.
Most recently, the Journal for the American Medical Association published a study in February that found diabetes drugs like Byetta may double the risk of pancreatitis, which can lead to pancreatic cancer.
These side effects are much more severe than what has been disclosed by the manufacturer. With millions of patients taking the drug, experts fear thousands could be affected by cancer.
If you or a loved one have been affected by thyroid cancer or pancreatic cancer after taking Byetta, it is important to learn about your legal options. A lawyer can explain the current litigation, what compensation is available, and how long you have to take action.
Lawsuits against powerful drug companies for injuries from defective products can be very specialized and 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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