The injectable drug Byetta works by increasing the hormone GLP-1 to promote production of insulin and slow digestion to limit glucose entering the blood. Since 2005 it has helped millions of patients dealing with type-2 diabetes control high blood sugar.
Unfortunately, experts have cautioned that diabetes drugs like Byetta may also be associated with increased risks of cancer, such as Byetta thyroid cancer. Although no cause has been found, the drug does inhibit an enzyme which is a natural defense against cancer. Researchers continue to study these dangers.
The thyroid is a gland in the neck that uses hormones to regulate how the body works and consumes energy. Thyroid cancer attacks the gland with abnormal cells. Fortunately, the disease is uncommon and often detected early, making it one of the most treatable forms of cancer.
Byetta thyroid cancer has some common symptoms, including:
If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. Many victims, however, do not experience symptoms and are only diagnosed when their doctor discovers a lump in the neck during exam.
If you’ve been diagnosed after using Byetta, you should also know that substantial compensation may be available from a Byetta thyroid cancer lawsuit to help with your condition. Lawyers are helping those affected file claims due to the failure of Bristol-Myers Squibb to warn patients.
If you or a family member were diagnosed with thyroid cancer after using Byetta, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal rights as soon as possible. Contact us today.
The FDA first warned of Byetta safety risks in 2007, after 6 patients using the drug died of pancreatitis. In addition to a public advisory, the agency ordered the maker to add label warnings.
In 2010, amid reports of patients developing thyroid cancer, the FDA recommended that the manufacturer conduct additional studies to find any connection between Byetta and thyroid cancer.
Then, in 2011, researchers at UCLA discovered that use of Byetta could increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 290% and thyroid cancer by 473%. However, they cautioned further testing was necessary.
If you or a family member have been affected by Byetta thyroid cancer, it is important to speak with a lawyer about what help is available and how long you have to take action. It costs nothing to discuss your case or file a claim.
Lawsuits against powerful drug companies for defective drug injuries such as this 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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