Byetta Lawsuit

Byetta (exenatide) is used to help control blood sugar and insulin levels. It can also help patients lose weight. Byetta was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April, 2005. Byetta has been linked to serious and fatal side effects including pancreatitis, kidney failure, and thyroid cancer. If you have taken this drug and suffered serious side effects you may have a potential Byetta lawsuit.

What is Byetta?

Byetta is in a class of drugs called incretin mimetics. It is taken by subcutaneous injection (under the skin rather than in the vein or in the muscle). It is used to treat Type 2 diabetes, which is insulin resistance, and is not appropriate for Type 1 diabetes patients. Byetta works by stimulating insulin production in the pancreas, inhibiting glucose production in the liver, and slowing down the release of food and glucose from the stomach.

Because it slows down emptying of the stomach, it can also act as an appetite suppressant helping some patients lose weight.

Byetta Pancreas Injury

Pancreas injuries linked to Byetta use include:

  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Hemorrhagic pancreatitis (bleeding in the pancreas)
  • Necrotizing pancreatitis (tissue death)

Acute pancreatitis can quickly lead to multi-organ failure and death.

In October, 2007 the FDA announced that it had received 30 reports of acute pancreatitis associated with Byetta use. In August, 2008, the agency announced six more reports of hemorrhagic or necrotizing pancreatitis, two of which were fatal.

In a study of the FDA’s adverse event reports, published in 2011, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers found that Byetta users were six times as likely to develop pancreatitis and nearly three times as likely to develop pancreatic cancer.

Kidney Failure

Byetta has been linked to impaired renal function and kidney failure. In November, 2009, the FDA announced that it had received 78 reports of altered kidney function associated with Byetta use, of which 62 were cases of acute kidney failure.

Four of those Byetta users died, two required kidney transplant, and 18 had to undergo dialysis treatment.

Thyroid Cancer

The UCLA study also found a four-fold greater likelihood of thyroid cancer with Byetta use.

Byetta injury victims and surviving loved ones may be entitled to compensation for the harm that this defective drug has caused. A local injury attorney can help determine if you have a Byetter lawsuit.