Byetta, a medication in the incretin mimetic family, has helped thousands of people to manage their type 2 diabetes by stimulating insulin production in the pancreas. However, the drug has recently taken the spotlight due to claims and reports suggesting that it may be linked to pancreatitis, thyroid cancer and pancreatic cancer, among other serious and adverse health complications.
If you or someone you love has experienced side effects as a result of the medication, consider seeking legal counsel to learn more about filing a Kentucky Byetta lawsuit for compensation. You may be entitled to recover damages for pain and suffering, lost wages or medical expenses.
Incretin mimetics help to lower blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetes patients. Byetta, manufactured by Amylin Pharmaceuticals, was initially approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April 2005 to help those living with type 2 diabetes better manage their condition.
However, although many have used Byetta with little or no difficulty, hundreds of plaintiffs alleging injuries are filing claims against Amylin for compensation. In many claims, plaintiffs are alleging that Amylin knew of the dangers of its product yet continued to aggressively market the drug in an effort to boost sales and profit. Court documents indicate that over 7 million Byetta prescriptions have been filled, and that between 2005 and 2008, the drug grossed over $700 million in sales.
If you have suffered from pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer while taking Byetta, consider filing a Kentucky Byetta lawsuit to hold the manufacturer responsible for your injuries.
Byetta May Cause Serious Side Effects
According to results in clinical trials and adverse event reports, there may potentially be a link between Byetta and pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. Data showed that patients taking Byetta are six times more likely so develop pancreatic cancer and two times more likely to require hospitalization for pancreatitis as those taking other medications for type 2 diabetes.
If you have suffered from one or more of the following side effects and you feel that your condition is directly related to the medication, you may be entitled to file a Kentucky Byetta lawsuit and seek compensation:
- Allergic reactions
- Renal impairment
- Chest pain
- Kidney damage
Are There Currently Byetta Lawsuits?
The decision was recently made to consolidate claims from plaintiffs alleging injuries while taking incretin mimetics such as Byetta, Victoza, Januvia and Janumet into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California.
As of September 2013, 60 claims had been filed by plaintiffs; a total of 150 claims had been filed as of October 2013. Five bellwether trials have been scheduled to be held over 2014 and 2015 to allow plaintiffs and defendants the opportunity to predict how future claims may be settled.
Allegations include serious side effects such as cancer and kidney failure, among other complications, and claims that the manufacturers continued to market potentially dangerous medications even after the companies allegedly knew that the products could cause life-threatening complications.
File a Kentucky Byetta Lawsuit with Assistance from Experienced Attorneys
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, pancreatic cancer, kidney failure or pancreatitis while taking Byetta for type 2 diabetes, you may entitled to seek compensation for your injuries by filing a Kentucky Byetta lawsuit. At Attorney Group for Kentucky, we can answer your questions about filing a claim and provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation. We will connect you with an experienced attorney who will handle your Kentucky Byetta lawsuit and help you to seek the compensation to which you may be entitled. You may be eligible to receive damages including lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering.