Any person who has used Byetta or Januvia to treat diabetes and was subsequently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer for medical bills and suffering. To learn more about your legal rights speak with our attorneys directly and they will review your case, at no cost, and with no obligation. Our attorneys:
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for the impact caused on your health
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- Ensure your needs are not ignored, that your case is taken seriously
A study published by the medical journal Gastroenterology has shown an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer in those patients with Type 2 Diabetes who have used the injectable medication Byetta.
The study looked at reports of adverse events that were submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) between 2004 and 2009.
In these reports, the researchers discovered an increase of nearly 300 percent in reported cases of pancreatic cancer among those patients taking Byetta in comparison with patients who used other treatment options.
Additionally, the research uncovered a 600 percent increase in the incidence of pancreatitis among the Byetta users.
The medical periodical JAMA Internal Medicine also published an analysis of Byetta use that showed a 100 percent increase in the risk of developing pancreatitis after taking Byetta.
The analysis was performed using data from over 1,200 diabetes patients who were hospitalized for pancreatitis and compared them to a control group of diabetics who did not develop pancreatitis.
The FDA safety alert announced reports of pancreatitis in Byetta users as early as 2007.
By 2009, the FDA required the drug maker Amylin Pharmaceuticals to conduct additional studies to examine the potential risk factors for developing pancreatitis.
The drug maker was also instructed to examine potential factors leading to a significant risk of developing pancreatic and thyroid cancers.
In addition to the FDA concerns, doctors have increasingly been expressing their concerns that the drugs Byetta and Januvia may damage the pancreas.
In March 2013, the FDA released a statement that they would be reviewing unpublished studies and findings from researchers related to the safety of taking Byetta and Januvia in the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes.
The FDA has been receiving an increasing number of reports of diabetes patients developing pancreatitis after taking Byetta and Januvia. Recent studies published in February 2013 show that the drugs may double a patient’s risk of developing pancreatitis.
The drug’s manufacturer, Merck Pharmaceuticals, continues to publicly state that they disagree with the research findings regarding the dangers of pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis in conjunction with the use of Byetta and Januvia.
They are continuing to recommend that patients take the medication as directed by their physician. In 2012, Januvia was reported to generate $4.1 billion in sales for Merck, while Bristol-Myers has reported $227 million in earnings from sales of Byetta.Review My Case Now
Research has been compiled that the use of Byetta and Januvia may increase the risk of developing the following conditions:
- High blood pressure
- Chronic nausea
- Pancreatic cancer
- Back Pain
- Abdominal pain
Possible side effects of Januvia include:
- Severe pancreas inflammation (pancreatitis)
- Kidney problems, which can become severe enough to require dialysis
- Upper respiratory infections
- Sore throat, stuffy or runny nose
- Chronic headaches
- Nausea and diarrhea
- Elevated liver enzymes
We believe that patients should not only be fully aware of the side effects and dangers associated with the drugs they take; they should also be kept safe from potentially life threatening drugs.
If you have pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis or suffered other health problems after using Byetta or Januvia we have attorneys standing-by to review the details of your case and help you with your legal options. Big pharm might want you to keep silent, for the problem to go away, but our lawyers are here to ensure your voice is heard.
You may not have been properly warned about the potentially life threatening side effects associated with these drugs, and you may be entitled significant compensation for your suffering. Act now, share the details of your situation, learn your options, get the answers you need.
Regardless of the details of your case, your initial review is at no cost, with no obligation, if your case qualifies our experienced Byetta attorneys will fight on your behalf and work to ensure your needs are not ignored.