The medication is injected twice a day under the skin, within sixty minutes of the patient’s first and last meal of each day, and is supposed to help the pancreas in the job of producing insulin and glycogen. Unfortunately, the use of Byetta has caused serious health issues, and you may be eligible to receive compensation if you have been affected.
The product received approval from the FDA in the year 2005. But in the last few years, concerns have been raised about the impact that Byetta has had on both the thyroid and the pancreas, with studies showing that it increased the risk of pancreatitis as well as both thyroid and pancreatic cancer.
The Food and Drug Administration has ordered that studies be done on the effects of Byetta, and the drug industry watchdog the Institute for Safe Medication Practices is echoing their concerns and asking for warning information to be included with the medication when it is prescribed.
Concerns about Byetta have existed since just a few years after it was first released onto the market, when the Food and Drug Administration placed warning labels on the product because it showed a risk of pancreatitis; pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas that can be dangerous and that is often viewed as a precursor to pancreatic cancer.
Byetta Side Effects
This side effect was found in users of Byetta as well as a number of other medications that fall into the class of drugs known as incretin mimetic drugs, several of which have been linked to both pancreatitis and pre-cancerous cell growth.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer; it is fast-moving and very difficult to treat. If you or someone you love was being prescribed the medication Byetta for their Diabetes 2 and they have been since diagnosed with complications involving their pancreas or thyroid, there is a chance that it was caused by their medication.
Drug manufacturers have a responsibility to make certain that the medication that they provide to the public is safe and will not have ill effects, and when they shirk that responsibility they are liable for the damage that they cause.
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The experienced attorneys at Danziger & De Llano can help you determine whether your pancreas troubles were caused by your medication, and if so they can help you file a Byetta lawsuit for your expenses and damages.
Byetta’s Popularity on the Upswing
Byetta has proven to be a very popular medication for those who suffer from Diabetes 2. Millions of prescriptions have been written for it, with patients liking it because it is easier to use than insulin and has had the benefit of encouraging weight loss for many.
But there have been reports of problems with the medication ever since it came out. In 2007, just two years after it was released, studies began to show that it was associated with pancreatitis, which has symptoms including nausea, vomiting and severe abdominal pain – the illness usually requires hospitalization and can be quite serious if untreated.
Kidney Problems Associated with Byetta
In 2009 Byetta was linked to serious kidney problems, and sometimes even to kidney failure. Despite these dire indications, the manufacturer continued to sell and market this drug.
The medical journal Gastroenterology published a study in 2011 indicating that the risk of developing pancreatitis, which frequently leads to pancreatic cancer, is more than twice as great for patients that are taking Byetta, and the concerns that were raised by that study have recently been echoed by a study in the widely respected Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Pancreatitis Caused by Byetta
The researchers quoted in the February issue of JAMA also indicated that Byetta patients were twice as likely to develop pancreatitis.
The attorneys at Danziger & De Llano have devoted the last two decades of their lives to fighting on behalf of people who have been harmed by the carelessness and negligence of big corporations.
We are closely watching developments regarding the FDA’s investigations and warnings about Byetta, and are here to help any patients who have been sickened by this dangerous drug.
Responsibility for Drug Manufacturers
Drug manufacturers have a responsibility to adequately test medications to make certain that they are safe before releasing them to the public, but all too frequently their interest in making a profit overrides their concerns for the safety of their patients.
Even with the increasing reports about Byetta’s risks, Bristol-Myers Squibb continues to sell Byetta; we believe that they are risking patients’ health and lives.
If you have been diagnosed with pancreatitis, thyroid cancer or pancreatic cancer after having been prescribed Byetta, you are probably facing rapidly increasing medical bills and a long course of treatment, and the manufacturer of Byetta may be held legally responsible for your expenses.
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The attorneys at Danziger & De Llano can help you file a Byetta lawsuit at no expense to you. Call us today for more information.