Despite many calls to action from public consumer groups, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has so far declined to require a recall of the drug Byetta.
What Are the Risks of Byetta?
Byetta is an injectable medicine prescribed to control the high blood sugar in millions of diabetic patients. However, medical research has shown that Byetta increases a person’s risks of the following dangerous medical conditions:
- Kidney failure;
- Pancreatic cancer; and
- Thyroid cancer.
In 2007, six Byetta-related deaths were reported due to pancreatitis, and research suggests that Byetta can double a person’s risk of developing this condition. Additionally, medical researchers from UCLA claimed in 2011 that Byetta and similar diabetes medications have nearly 3 times as many cases reported of pancreatic cancer, according to USA Today.
How is the FDA Addressing These Risks?
As of now, Byetta remains on the market. Athough the FDA did not issue a recall, the agency did require Byetta’s manufacturer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, to change the contents of the warning label on the medication. Bristol-Myers had to update the Byetta label to warn of risks of kidney problems and pancreatitis, but was not required to warn of risks of either thyroid cancer or pancreatic cancer.
Consumers who have suffered from serious side effects or medical conditions from Byetta have been filing lawsuits against Bristol-Myers Squibb. Because such lawsuits can be extremely complicated, injured patients should always choose a law firm with prior experience in Byetta claims. Lopez McHugh, LLP attorneys are currently active in Byetta lawsuits and familiar with the allegations and evidence.
You should always consult a doctor before changing any medications, or if you have any questions about your medical care. If you have suffered injury from using Byetta or related prescription drugs, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer. The product liability attorneys at Lopez McHugh, LLP are dedicated to helping victims of pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis, and thyroid cancer. Contact our office today to schedule a free case evaluation or use our online contact form.