Byetta is an injectable drug that is used to treat type 2 diabetes by lowering a patient’s glucose levels in an effort to control blood sugar levels. Because Byetta has been connected to the risk of serious side effects, including acute pancreatitis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has instructed health care providers 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. The FDA continues to closely monitor the drug and has ordered Byetta’s manufacturer, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, to include a “black box” warning on the product’s label warning patients of the risk of acute pancreatitis and altered kidney function.
As of 2008, the FDA had received 78 reports of altered kidney function and 30 reports of patients experiencing acute pancreatitis, which can result in nausea, vomiting and severe abdominal pain, after taking Byetta. Moreover, because the side effects associated with Byetta may be asymptomatic, they can eventually lead to chronic pancreatitis, which could increase the risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
Drug manufacturers have an obligation to make sure that the drugs they are providing to patients are safe and they the product’s packaging includes adequate warnings about potential side effects. Lawsuits against Byetta’s maker, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, allege that the company failed to adequately warn about potential side effects associated with Byetta, failed to advise doctors about the importance of pancreas monitoring, failed to sufficiently test Byetta before introducing it into the market, and failed to recall the product once the severity of the risks were discovered.
If you have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer or acute pancreatitis after using Byetta, you may be entitled to money damages through a product liability lawsuit. The Illinois Byetta lawyers at Ankin Law Office, LLC have significant experience representing clients in product liability lawsuits, including class action cases and unsafe pharmaceutical litigation.
If you or someone you love has experienced health problems as a result of taking the drug Byetta, our skilled Illinois 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.