DrugRisk Update: New Byetta Safety Alerts Emerge As Court to Decide Fate of Lawsuits
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Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 26, 2013
The diabetes drug safety center at DrugRisk.com is announcing updated information for patients taking the medication Byetta. Health experts have called for new testing and data from manufacturers as a federal panel prepares to decide the fate of lawsuits alleging pancreatic cancer*.
DrugRisk was created to improve the safety of patients taking popular prescription drugs by providing the latest warnings, recalls, studies and legal news. Visitors can see if others are experiencing similar side effects and decide if they need legal advice.
Byetta is a twice-daily injectable medication released in 2005 to help those with type-2 diabetes control blood sugar. Last year the drug had sales of over $300 million for manufacturer Bristol-Myers Squibb**.
The resource center added a 2011 study from the University of California at Los Angeles, indicating Byetta could increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 290% and thyroid cancer by 473%***.
The Journal for the American Medical Association also recently warned that drugs like Byetta can double the risk of pancreatitis, a major risk factor for pancreatic cancer****.
Now, DrugRisk has learned that the American Diabetes Association has called for an independent review of medications like Byetta*. Also, a British Medical Journal report suggested such diabetes drugs may be more dangerous than previously thought, and manufacturers have failed to hand over raw data that would allow further safety testing*****.
Due to the number of patients filing a Byetta lawsuit alleging cancer, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will meet on July 25th to determine consolidation of cases to a special federal court. (In Re: Incretins Products Liability, Sales and Marketing Litigation, MDL 2452, United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation).
Anyone affected by cancer after taking Byetta is encouraged to visit the DrugRisk center or speak with a lawyer about their legal options. However, due to the specialized nature of federal drug injury cases, DrugRisk only recommends lawyers who have already handled Byetta lawsuits.
For more information on the research, side effects and litigation news related to Byetta and other drugs, or to speak with a lawyer, visit http://www.DrugRisk.com.
*ADA, 6/10/13; diabetes.org/for-media/2013/american-diabetes-association-incretin-therapy.html
**Bloomberg, 2/25/13; bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-25/merck-bristol-diabetes-drugs-linked-to-pancreatitis-risk.html
***Gastroenterology, July 2011; ctsi.ucla.edu/education/files/publicview/training/docs/FDA-analysis.pdf
****JAMA Internal Medicine, 2/25/13; archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1656537
*****MedPage Today, 6/12/13; medpagetoday.com/Endocrinology/Diabetes/39803
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