Byetta, also known as Exenatide, is prescribed to treat Type 2 diabetes. The drug is intended to help control blood glucose levels, combined with diet and exercise. Although the drug was cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for wide-spread use, it has been found to cause serious side effects — including pancreatitis and organ failure.
The drug was originally released to the market in 2005. Byetta was intended to mimic an insulin, acting as insulin for those struggling with Type 2 diabetes, increasing insulin production when blood sugar is high. The primary function of the pancreas is the secretion of insulin and glucagon and similar hormones, as well as enzymes that aid in the digestion of food.
Within a year, patients were coming forward showing symptoms of a grave condition called acute necrotizing pancreatitis. This illness shows itself through signs of abdominal distress such as pain, vomiting and nausea. While many patients would think these are minor symptoms and not report them, they are actually indicators of pancreatitis and can lead to organ failure.
Drug manufacturer Eli Lilly and Co. has long known the side effects of the drug, including the relation between Byetta and pancreatic cancer. Instead of pulling the drug from the market, the company put profits ahead of patient safety and failed to warn patients and doctors of the danger. To top it off, the company continues to market the drug for a wide range of conditions, putting even more individuals at risk.
The FDA continues to fail to issue warnings or recalls with any kind of urgency. Patients continue to be prescribed the drug, trusting that it will help them manage diabetes.
There are steps that affected individuals can take, however. Legally, you have rights. If you have suffered due to Byetta or another Type 2 diabetes medication, the trial lawyers of Eglet Prince can help. We have the experience and skill in litigation to handle these complex cases against the sophisticated legal departments of the drug companies.
Our products liability trial lawyers have been successful against such opposing parties, generating some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the country. We will explain your situation and if you have a case, provide you the answers and information you need to make the decision that is best for you.
If you have been affected by Byetta’s side effects, we can help. Please contact our Byetta injury attorneys today at 702-450-5400 or 800-450-5406 toll free.