Someone that is experiencing Byetta side effects may be eligible for financial compensation if they file a lawsuit. Byetta is a Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus injectable drug that is used to control glucose levels in adults. It has the ability to lower blood glucose by stimulating pancreatic cells to secrete insulin. While it is true that many medications have secondary effects that impact the people who take them, sometimes these issues are not as benign as occasional nausea.
Some common Byetta side effects are the inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), thyroid cancer, pancreas cancer, and kidney failure. Recent alerts issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have warned patients against possible side effects, but for some these may have come too late. The ailments linked to this prescription medication have resulted in serious injury, and, in extreme cases, death.
There have been hundreds of reports of tumors in the pancreas after the use of this exenatide injection. A paper published in JAMA Internal Medicine in February of this year has asserted that the use of classes of medication that Byetta falls in, called incretin mimetics, can double the risk of pancreatitis. Also, an analysis of FDA adverse effects reported that was published by the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices (ISMP) in April revealed that in comparison to other diabetes medications, incretin mimetics were 25 times more likely to be related to pancreatic cancer.
Often, people do not realize that they are entitled to compensation for the inconvenience, pain, and suffering that someone else’s negligence has caused. Byetta side effects do not have to be silently suffered. Many in this situation have decided to contact a drug injury lawyer to have their claim evaluated. Hiring an experienced attorney can determine if someone has enough evidence to build a legitimate case.
It is possible that Bristol-Myers Squibb and Amylin Pharmaceuticals withheld information about the health risks associated with the use of this prescription medication. It is assumed that their quest for profits eclipsed their duty to keep consumers safe. No warnings about potential Byetta side effects were placed on the label. Also, there was no effort made to inform physicians about the importance of monitoring changes to the pancreas after use of this medication.
Sometimes the impact of the injection is asymptomatic, which makes careful attention by a physician who is acquainted with the dangers crucial if health problems are to be avoided. When risks began to outweigh the benefits, no recall was issued. After they were aware that this medication was causing health complications, other similar forms of the drug were submitted and approved for use. For these reasons safety concerns have been mounting, resulting in lawsuits. A failure to warn patients about the dangers associated with the drug is a form of negligence. A qualified lawyer will be able to prove that someone is liable for the damages caused by the medication.
The best time to talk to a lawyer is as soon as the Byetta side effects are noticed. Statutes of limitations restrict how long after an incident occurs that litigation can be brought against it. For this reason, many have realized the importance of acting quickly.