In April 2005, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Byetta for use in patients living with type 2 diabetes. The medication was intended to help stabilize fluctuating blood glucose levels that may arise due to the condition. Although many patients have reported success with the medication and little to no complications, there may be a potential link between the drug and kidney failure, thyroid cancer and pancreatic cancer.
If you or someone you love are taking Byetta and you have suffered from serious side effects or been diagnosed with cancer, a Byetta lawsuit can help to recover compensation to which you may be entitled. For more information, contact professional attorneys who can review your case and determine if you are eligible to pursue a claim.
The medication belongs to a class of drugs known as incretin mimetics which work to imitate incretin within the body and stimulate insulin production in the pancreas. Byetta’s manufacturer, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, has maintained that the drug can help patients’ bodies to better use the drug.
However, plaintiffs and their attorneys assert that sales from the drug topped $700 million between 2005 and 2008. Plaintiffs also allege that the manufacturer used dangerous and aggressive tactics in order to promote and market the product in an effort to increase sales. Court records indicate over 7 million prescriptions for the medication have been filled since its introduction.
Health Risks and Side Effects
According to several clinical trials and adverse event reports submitted to the FDA, patients are six times more likely to receive a pancreatic cancer diagnosis while taking Byetta than those who chose an alternative medication. Additionally, a study conducted in February 2013 suggested that Byetta patients were twice as likely to undergo hospitalization due to an acute pancreatitis diagnosis than those who opted for other medications. If you or someone you love have been injured, consider seeking legal counsel from experienced attorneys to learn more about filing your own Byetta lawsuit.
Side effects alleged by plaintiffs and the attorneys representing them include:
- Renal impairment
- Chest pain
- Kidney damage
- Allergic reaction
If you have been injured, you may be entitled to file a Byetta lawsuit and seek compensation for loss of earning capacity, lost wages or future loss of wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering.
Plaintiffs File Claims to Seek Compensation
Byetta and other incretin mimetics including Victoza, Janumet and Januvia are currently the focal points of pending lawsuits across the U.S. Due to the increasing number of plaintiffs filing claims against these products’ manufacturers, the decision was made to consolidate the cases into a multidistrict litigation (MDL).
As of September 2013, 60 claims were filed in the litigation. In October 2013, the number of claims more than doubled to reach 150 cases. Attorneys anticipate more plaintiffs to come forward to seek compensation from the manufacturers for injuries allegedly sustained while taking the medications. The proceeding is also looking ahead toward three bellwether trials scheduled for 2014 and two trials in 2015.
Injured? You may Be Entitled to File a Byetta Lawsuit
If you or someone you love have taken Byetta and you suffered from adverse side effects or were diagnosed with a life-threatening condition, consider seeking legal counsel to determine if you are eligible to file your own Byetta lawsuit. At Attorney Group, we can answer your questions to the best of our ability and provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation. We will connect you with experienced attorneys who will handle your Byetta lawsuit claim and work to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.