Help for Victims of Diabetes Drug Byetta
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the injectable type 2 diabetes drug Byetta (exenatide) in 2005. It quickly became popular because it is injected with an easy-to-use pen and because it also promotes weight loss. It soon became apparent that there are serious health risks associated with the drug, most significantly that it increases the risk of developing pancreatic cancer, which is terminal in a large majority of cases.
The FDA received a large number of adverse event reports, and in 2008 and confirmed six deaths associated with Byetta. Recent studies have found links between Byetta and pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, kidney failure, and thyroid cancer. In 2009, the FDA instructed the manufacturer, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, to conduct further studies to determine the safety of Byetta, warning of increased risk of pancreatic cancer and kidney damage.
Approximately 1.4 percent of all Americans will develop pancreatic cancer, but 5.7 percent of those taking Byetta get the disease. A 2011 study reported in Gastroenterology found that patients using Byetta were 6 times more likely to develop pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is known to be a risk factor for pancreatic cancer.
Amylin has denied that Byetta increases the risk of cancer and continues to sell this dangerous medication without warning patients of the danger. Januvia and Victorza are two other diabetes drugs produced by other manufacturers that work in a similar fashion to Byetta and have also been associated with increased cancer risk.
Pancreatic cancer is terminal roughly 90 percent of the time because it has few symptoms in the early stages, and by the time it is discovered, it has usually metastasized and is incurable.
Legal Assistance for Byetta Victims and Their Families
A person who has taken Byetta and developed pancreatic cancer or the family of someone who died of pancreatic cancer after taking the drug may be able to recover money for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and wrongful death.
If this happened to you or a member of your family, contact the law office of personal injury and wrongful death attorney Eric H. Woods in Las Vegas.
Stop Deadly Corporate Greed
Eric wants to stop these pharmaceutical companies who disregard human life for the sake of profits, and he is a passionate advocate for their victims. With more than thirty years as a lawyer helping those who have been hurt or who have lost a family member as a result of someone else’s negligence, he has the experience, legal knowledge, negotiating skills, and courtroom acumen to stand up for the individual and hold these corporate giants accountable for the suffering they’ve caused.
Nothing will give you back your health or the loved one you lost, but the greedy corporations that become rich by playing with people’s lives can be made to pay. This is the only way to discourage this reckless endangerment of human life and health for the sake of financial gain.
Call Eric H. Woods today to schedule an appointment for a free case consultation. You don’t have to worry about the cost of hiring one of Las Vegas’s most experienced injury attorneys. Eric takes defective drug cases on a contingency fee basis. That means you won’t pay anything until he recovers money for you. This gives everyone an equal opportunity to fight back in the name of justice. You have nothing to lose and a great deal to gain. Nevada law limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit, so don’t delay. Protect your legal right to a recovery by calling Eric today.