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Byetta Complications: Pancreatic Cancer

Commonly asked questions about the link between Byetta and pancreatic cancer:

Can Byetta Cause Pancreatic Cancer?

One of the more serious side-effects believed to be associated with Byetta is pancreatic cancer. In fact, it has been linked to all GLP-1 type drugs, including others like Byetta and Trulicity. Many patients who have been prescribed Byetta have been consequentially diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Although GLP-1 agonist drugs are being investigated and reviewed, thousands of prescriptions are filled every year.

Does Byetta Increase The Risk Of Developing Pancreatic Cancer?

In August of 2008, the FDA issued an alert regarding Byetta and 6 cases of pancreatitis, 2 of which resulted in death.

A study conducted by UCLA in 2011 showed that a patient taking Byetta was three times more likely to develop pancreatic cancer than someone who was not taking the drug.

Additionally, according to a study published in Gastroenterology, people who take GLP-1 drugs like Byetta to help manage diabetes are 2.7 times more likely to develop pancreatic cancer.

Can I file a Byetta Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuit?

The Consumer Justice Foundation lists several of the most impactful lawsuits filed against Byetta since its release, some of these lawsuits include:

August 2008: The first Byetta lawsuit was filed in the US, on behalf of a man who developed pancreatitis after having used Byetta.

January 2013: A woman filed a lawsuit against Byetta, claiming that its use caused her father to develop pancreatic cancer, ultimately leading to his death.

How Many Byetta Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuits Have Been Filed?

As of March 2014 there were over 325 pending lawsuits in the federal Multi District Litigation (MDL), which was developed for victims of side effects caused by Byetta.

What Are The Less Common Side Effects Of Byetta?

Although Byetta is used by millions of people who suffer from type 2 diabetes, there is growing concern about a number of complications believed to be linked to the GLP-1 class of drugs. Pancreatitis, a condition that occurs when enzymes inside the body begin attacking the pancreas, is one of these complications. If not treated, pancreatitis can worsen and sometimes even be fatal. Addtionally, if left untreated or ignored, pancreatitis can lead to pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer is a second serious complication associated with Byetta and other GLP-1 drugs. Cancer in the pancreas is extremely dangerous because there are rarely symptoms present until much later in its development, causing patients to be misdiagnosed, or not diagnosed in a timely manner. Pancreatic cancer is a life-threatening disease that is treatable, but the sooner it is discovered, the better chance of survival the patient has.

What Are The More Common Side Effects Of Byetta?

RxList lists the less serious side effects associated with the use of Byetta, these side effects include one or more of the following:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Upset Stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Heartburn
  • Dizziness
  • Headache

Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is a particularly devastating cancer because it can be present for long periods of time without showing any signs of symptoms. Often, symptoms will not appear until the disease has spread to other areas of the body. If symptoms do appear, it is important to see a physician immediately. Here are the most common signs and symptoms.

  • Upper abdominal pain that radiates to your back
  • Jaundice
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss without reason
  • Feelings of depression
  • Blood clots

Byetta Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuits

Our dangerous drug attorneys can help if you or someone you care about suffered from pancreatic cancer as a result of taking Byetta.

The following criteria must be met to file a lawsuit against Bristol-Myers Squibb, the drug manufacturer:

  • Suffered from pancreatic cancer
  • Took the drug for at least one year prior to diagnosis

Lawsuits have already been filed against Bristol-Myers Squibb by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused by this dangerous drug.

You may be entitled to a settlement. We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement and we pay all of the case costs. If your claim is not successful for any reason, you do not owe us anything. We put it all in writing for you.

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  • No money to get started
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  • No legal fees whatsoever unless you receive a settlement
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Our Byetta lawyers will help you file your lawsuit. To get started, you can:

  1. Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
  2. Call (866) 280-3417 any time of day to tell us about your case.

We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have claim, we will start immediately.

WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing Byetta lawsuit claims.

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  1. Pancreatic Cancer: Medline Plus. 
  2. Pancreatic Cancer – MayoClinic. 
  3. Pancreatic Cancer – American Cancer Society