Byetta, a drug approved by the FDA in 2005 for the treatment of type 2 diabetes,
has come under fire for the risk of potentially serious diseases such as acute pancreatitis,
pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer and kidney disease. A recent study published in
the journal Gastroenterology placed the risk of a Byetta user developing thyroid
cancer at 4.7 times that of a person not taking the drug. Although thyroid cancer
is not considered as deadly as pancreatic cancer, it is nonetheless serious. Despite
the risks of Byetta thyroid cancer, pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis, the global
market for diabetic drugs is well over $40 billion dollars, therefore Byetta—as
well as several other potentially harmful diabetic drugs—remains on the market.
Byetta legal action is taking place, and it is likely there will be more lawsuits
to follow. Byetta was approved in 2005, yet by 2007 the FDA had received over 30
adverse reports of patients taking Byetta who had developed acute pancreatitis.
One study noted that patients taking Byetta were six times more likely to develop
pancreatitis and 2.7 times more likely to develop pancreatic cancer. Since there
have been well over 6 million prescriptions written for Byetta since its approval,
it is likely more patients will come forward after experiencing adverse health issues
related to Byetta.
How Does Byetta Work?
Byetta contains Exenatide, a drug which is a synthetic form of the substance found
in Gila monster saliva. Byetta mimics the effects of incretins which are hormones
produced and released by the intestines into the blood after eating a meal. These
hormones slow the absorption of glucose from the stomach, reduce the hormone which
increases the liver’s glucose production and increases the secretion of insulin
from the pancreas. Byetta was originally manufactured by Amylin Pharmaceuticals
and Eli Lilly & Co. then last August Amylin sold their business to Bristol Myers-Squibb.
Byetta has been used by well over a million patients since its introduction.
Preserving Your Byetta Claim
The attorneys of Sullo & Sullo, LLP will protect your Byetta claim if you have suffered
injuries from taking Byetta. We have the experience and knowledge to assess the
specific facts of your case and will provide you with the information you need should
you make the decision to pursue a case against the manufacturer of Byetta. If you
are entitled to medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering we will advocate
on your behalf in their efforts to get you what you deserve. There exists a statute
of limitations which differs from state to state, although Texas, like the majority
of states has a two-year statute. Our attorneys can help make sure every necessary
deadline is met in order to protect your case and your future. We understand that
you should not suffer harm to your health because of a drug you and your physician
believed to be safe.
Getting the Help You Need for Your Byetta Legal Action
Because there has been no recall on Byetta, determining when the statute of limitations
begins can be somewhat “fuzzy”. Our Sullo & Sullo attorneys may be able to help
you file a claim against the Byetta manufacturer even if you think you might have
passed the time limits. The FDA has ordered Amylin to engage in further testing
of the Byetta drug and has increased the requirements for warnings on the label
several times. It is crucial for you to have experienced, reputable representation
for your Byetta case; our Sullo & Sullo attorneys have those qualities plus compassion
for the damage done to your health and will work tirelessly in their efforts to
get you the Byetta compensation you deserve.