Byetta originally received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in April 2005 as the drug was initially intended to help type 2 diabetes patients better manage their condition. While many have taken the medication with little or no problems, others have allegedly experienced life-threatening side effects including certain types of cancer.
You may have a valid Arkansas Byetta lawsuit claim if you were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer or other health condition or if you suffered from adverse or life-threatening side effects while taking the medication. Consult with an experienced attorney to learn more about filing your claim and your legal rights as a consumer and patient.
What is Byetta?
Byetta falls into a group of medications known as incretin mimetics and works to lower blood sugar levels in those with type 2 diabetes. Byetta, along with other similar medications, stimulates insulin production in the pancreas. According to the drug’s manufacturer, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Byetta helps patients’ bodies to use insulin more efficiently and better manage their blood glucose levels.
However, despite positive reports from many patients, plaintiffs are currently filing lawsuits against the manufacturer, alleging that its $700 million profit since the drug’s introduction was based on false reports and aggressive marketing tactics. In fact, since Byetta’s approval in 2005, over 7 million patients have filled prescriptions for the medication.
If you have been injured, you may consider seeking legal counsel to learn more about filing your own Arkansas Byetta lawsuit. You may be entitled to seek compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering or medical expenses you may have incurred as the result of your condition.
Patients Report Byetta Side Effects
If you or someone you love have experienced adverse side effects while taking Byetta, consider filing an Arkansas Byetta lawsuit claim to seek compensation for your injuries. Possible complications include:
- Allergic reactions
- Kidney damage or renal impairment
- Chest pain
Additionally, adverse event reports and clinical trials have suggested that Byetta users may be six times more likely to suffer from pancreatic cancer than patients taking other type 2 diabetes drugs. A February 2013 study also reported that Byetta patients were twice as likely to become hospitalized with pancreatitis as those who did not use Byetta.
Byetta Lawsuits Pending in the U.S.
Patients throughout the country are filing lawsuits against the manufacturers of incretin mimetics including Byetta, Januvia, Victoza and Janumet. Due to the increasing number of claims, the decision was made to consolidate lawsuits into a multidistrict litigation (MDL).
Between September 11, 2013 and October 17, 2013, the number of pending lawsuits increased from 60 to over 150. According to court documents, a judge has scheduled several bellwether trials to that both parties in these cases have the opportunity to predict how future lawsuits may pan out. Attorneys anticipate that more patients will come forward in an effort to seek compensation as these trials progress through the litigation process.
Considering Filing an Arkansas Byetta Lawsuit? We Can Help
If you or a loved one have suffered from life-threatening complications or adverse side effects while taking Byetta, consider filing an Arkansas Byetta lawsuit claim to recover compensation for your injuries. At Attorney Group for Arkansas, we can evaluate your case, free of charge, to determine if you have a valid claim. We will also connect you with an experienced attorney who will assist you throughout the legal process and work to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled with your Arkansas Byetta lawsuit claim.