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Are Semi Truck Drivers Allowed to Use Byetta?

Written by Ankin Law Office

Commercial truck drivers have an obligation to be cautious drivers, obey the rules of the road, and take appropriate safety precautions to prevent accidents just like any other motorist. But because they operate large, heavy, and dangerous vehicles, they are also subject to additional laws and regulations, including mandatory rest requirements and prohibitions on alcohol and certain prescription drugs.

Many commercial truck drivers wonder whether they are permitted to take Byetta, an injectable drug that is used to treat type 2 diabetes by lowering the patient’s glucose levels as means of controling blood sugar levels. The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) has ruled that commercial truck drivers are permitted to use Byetta under FMCSA rules. The FMSCA does recommend, however, that commercial truck drivers taking Byetta provide a written statement from their treating doctor to the Medical Examiner and that they be monitored frequently.

Although semi truck drivers are permitted to use Byetta under FMSCA rules, anyone taking Byetta should remain cautious of the drug since Byetta has been linked to serious side effects, including acute pancreatitis. Health care providers have been instructed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to advise patients taking Byetta to seek immediate medical attention if they begin to experience severe and persistent abdominal pain, which could be a sign of acute pancreatitis.

If you or someone you love has experienced health problems as a result of taking the drug Byetta, the Chicago unsafe pharmaceutical attorneys can help you with any product liability lawsuit you may have. Contact one of our Illinois Byetta lawsuit attorneys at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you with a possible Byetta lawsuit.