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Date posted: 8/22/2013

Reports continue to show popular drugs used to treat type-2 diabetes may be more dangerous than expected. After warnings in recent years linking Avandia to heart attacks and Actos to bladder cancer, news this year has linked Byetta, Januvia and Janumet to pancreatic cancer.

Now, DrugRisk is warning patients taking Byetta of a new study suggesting it could be the most-likely of these to lead to pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer or hypersensitivity.

Although the FDA has resisted issuing any warnings until more research can be conducted, a growing number of those affected have filed a Byetta lawsuit against manufacturer Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Byetta is an injectable medication prescribed to lower blood sugar levels in those with type-2 diabetes. It does so by inhibiting a certain enzyme, but this may also hurt the body’s ability to naturally fight cancer.

In 2011, researchers at UCLA found that test subjects who received Byetta were more likely to suffer pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer.  

This year, the American Medical Association confirmed many people’s concerns when they released a study showing those taking drugs like Byetta could have twice the chance of developing pancreatitis, which is known as a major risk factor for pancreatic cancer.

Now, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices has released a study of patient side effect reports which suggests Byetta may be the main culprit for these dangers. They discovered that, of 1,069 cases of pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer or hypersensitivity reported to the FDA in 2012 for diabetes drugs, 612 were linked to Byetta.

Unfortunately, the FDA will not issue a Byetta recall and has decided not to issue any warning to consumers about these drugs until more research can be competed. However, those affected have the right to seek compensation from the maker of the drug.

If you or a loved one were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer after using Byetta, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal options.

DrugRisk only recommends lawyers who have already handled these complex Byetta lawsuits. For more information on the research, side effects and litigation news related to Byetta, or to speak with a lawyer, contact us today.