Since its FDA approval in 2005, over one million people have been prescribed Byetta® for type 2 diabetes, and Byetta® lawsuits are mounting based on allegations of adverse effects associated with the drug.
Filing a Byetta® lawsuit may be appropriate if you believe you or someone you love has suffered serious injuries from this type 2 diabetes drug.
How Much The Manufacturers Knew
Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly Co., the manufacturers of Byetta®, are alleged to have possessed clinical data that justified a stronger warning label about the increased risk of pancreatitis compared to the warning language that Amylin eventually agreed to with the FDA.
Byetta® Pancreatitis Injury Claims
Personal injury claims against Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly Co., the manufactuers of Byetta® include:
- Acute pancreatitis — a sudden inflammation of the pancreas marked by back pain, abdominal swelling and/or fever
- Chronic pancreatitis — a recurring swelling of the pancreas that causes nausea, vomiting and/or fatty stools (in addition to the symptoms of acute pancreatitis)
- Hemorrhagic pancreatitis — pancreatic swelling characterized by internal bleeding
- Necrotizing pancreatitis — pancreatic inflammation coupled with tissue death
- Pancreatic Cancer — a malignant tumor that grows in the pancreas
- Severe hypoglycemia — dangerously low blood sugar
To date, nearly 40 patients have reported developing some type of pancreatitis following the use of Byetta® medication.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also received reports of at least six deaths that claim to be linked to Byetta®.
Byetta® Lawsuit In California
A California based Byetta® lawsuit was filed in August 2008 by a patient who was hospitalized in late 2007 after developing pancreatitis, a severe infection of the pancreas that can cause internal bleeding and death. The plaintiff claims Byetta® caused the condition.
The plaintiff's attorneys in the lawsuit contend that Amylin "failed to adequately warn prescribing physicians of the risk of pancreatitis, of measures needed to properly assess the appropriateness of prescribing the drug to certain categories of patients, and of measures doctors and patients could and should take to minimize the risk."
Compensation For Losses
An individual, who is prescribed Byetta® and then suffers a grave illness such as pancreatitis, or its many possible complications, may be eligible for a legal remedy that compensates him or her for losses incurred, including:
- Lost work time
- Loss of ability to work
- Disability, especially from organ damage
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Medical bills — including hospitalization, surgery and anesthesia, medications, etc.
Individuals whose loved one dies after a Byetta® treatment may be eligible to recover compensation by filing a wrongful death lawsuit on his/her behalf. A wrongful death lawsuit seeks compensation for damages such as:
- Funeral and burial bills
- Loss of the family member's emotional support and financial contribution
- Emotional pain and suffering
Speak With A Byetta® Lawyer
If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries related to Byetta®, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit in which you can seek compensation for damages such as medical bills, permanent disabilities, pain and suffering and other damages. Contact us to speak with a Byetta® lawyer.