First approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April 2005, Byetta was intended to help those living with type 2 diabetes reduce or better manage their blood glucose levels. However, patients have reported potentially life-threatening side effects while taking the medication, and clinical trials may have established a link between Byetta and certain types of cancer. Because of this, Florida Byetta lawsuits are being filed by many patients that have suffered side effects from this drug.
You may be entitled to file a Florida Byetta lawsuit if you were taking the drug and subsequently diagnosed with thyroid cancer, pancreatic cancer or other adverse health condition. Contact an experienced attorney to learn more about your rights and filing a claim.
A member of the incretin mimetic class of medications, Byetta works to reduce blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetes patients by stimulating the pancreas to increase the production of insulin. After the medication’s approval, its manufacturer, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, asserted that those taking the drug were able to use insulin more efficiently and, as a result, better manage their diabetes conditions.
However, those filing lawsuits against the manufacturer allege that the company made over $700 million from Byetta since the drug’s introduction through 2008. Plaintiffs claim that Amylin used potentially aggressive marketing tactics to promote the product when it had not yet been determined to be safe. Court records also show that over 7 million prescriptions have been filled since Byetta’s introduction in 2005.
While the drug has, in fact, helped thousands of patients living with type 2 diabetes, some individuals may consider filing a Florida Byetta lawsuit to seek compensation for their injuries after developing thyroid and pancreatic cancers or other serious health conditions.
Byetta Side Effects and Health Risks
Clinical trials and adverse event reports submitted by patients concluded that patients taking Byetta may be at a six times greater risk for developing pancreatic cancer than those who take other medications for type 2 diabetes. Additionally, a study conducted in February 2013 suggested that those taking Byetta were two times more likely to require hospitalization for acute pancreatitis than those who did not take the drug. Studies also show an increased change of pancreatic cancer and thyroid cancer.
If you or a loved one have experienced one or more of the following life-threatening Byetta side effects, you may be entitled to file a Florida Byetta lawsuit and seek compensation for your injuries:
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
- Severe Pancreatitis
- Hemorrhagic pancreatitis
- Necrotizing pancreatitis
- Renal insufficiency
- Kidney failure
Do I have a FL Byetta Lawsuit?
Due to the growing number of plaintiffs filing lawsuits and alleging injuries while taking Byetta, Januvia, Victoza, Janumet and other medications, the cases have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California.
Court records indicate that the number of lawsuits filed over incretin mimetics has more than doubled, with roughly 60 cases filed on September 11, 2013 to 150 claims on October 17, 2013. Bellwether trials have been scheduled, and both plaintiffs and defendants hope to use the results of these cases to predict how future claims may be settled. Attorneys speculate that the significant increase of claims filed within the past month may be a solid indicator that more plaintiffs will come forth in an effort to seek compensation as well.
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Have you received a pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer diagnosis after or while taking Byetta? You may be entitled to file a Florida Byetta lawsuit and seek compensation for your injuries. Contact Attorney Group for Florida to learn more. We will evaluate your case and answer your questions or concerns to the best of our ability, and if you have a valid claim, we will connect you with an attorney who will handle your Florida Byetta lawsuit throughout the legal process.