Many Americans who were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer while taking the prescription medication Byetta may wonder if they can file a Byetta lawsuit and recover for their injuries. Whether you have a claim and how much your case may be worth will depend on the specific details of your experience. You should consult with an attorney who can evaluate whether you have a viable products liability claim.
What is Byetta?
Byetta is an injectable medicine manufactured by pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. The drug is prescribed to patients with Type 2 diabetes in order to assist in controlling their blood sugar levels. Though Byetta is meant to avoid life-threatening spikes in blood sugar, the medication comes with the risk of other serious side effects and medical conditions. A very similar medication Januvia, manufactured by Merck & Co., also comes with serious risks. Both drugs have been linked with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, and pancreatitis. People who have suffered these side effects while taking Byetta or Januvia may be entitled to substantial compensation by the respective manufacturers.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is conducting an investigation into these very serious risks of taking Byetta or Januvia. Additionally, other drugs are considered as effective as these medications, without causing dangerous health conditions. In fact, some advocate groups have urged the FDA to ban drugs like Byetta and Januvia altogether in order to protect public health.
The products liability lawyers at Lopez McHugh, LLP are currently actively involved in the Byetta and Januvia litigation. If you or someone you know suffered these injuries, do not hesitate to contact our office today at (877) 737-8525. We offer free, no-obligation consultations.