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The use of the diabetes drug Byetta may increase the risk of developing chronic, asymptomatic pancreatitis, which could ultimately lead to a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer from Byetta.

BYETTA LAWSUIT STATUS: As a result of the drug maker’s failure to properly research the side effects of Byetta or provide adequate warnings about the impact of the medication on the pancreas, product liability lawyers are reviewing potential Byetta pancreatic cancer lawsuits on behalf of individuals nationwide.

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MANUFACTURERS: Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb

OVERVIEW: Byetta (exenatide) is a type 2 diabetes drug which was approved by the FDA in April 2005 to help reduce blood sugar levels. Amid aggressive marketing and promotion, millions of prescriptions for the Byetta pen have been written.

The drug belongs to a class of drugs known as incretin mimetics, which mimic the action of endogenous incretin hormones like GIP and GLP-1, which are found in the gastrointestinal tract. Byetta lowers blood glucose levels by stimulating insulin secretion from pancreatic cells.

Shortly after the Byetta pen was introduced, reports of pancreatitis among users began to emerge. Although pancreatitis is a substantial risk factor for the subsequent development of pancreatic cancer, due to the chronic inflammation and increased cell turn over, Amylin Pharmaceuticals failed to warn users or the medical community about the importance of monitoring for the first signs of changes to the pancrease.

BYETTA PANCREATITIS SIDE EFFECTS:  In October 2007, the FDA issued an alert about reports of at least 30 users of Byetta diagnosed with acute pancreatitis. That warning was updated by the FDA in August 2008, after at least six additional cases of necrotizing pancreatitis or hemorrhagic pancreatitis were identified among Byetta users, including at least two deaths

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas, which can cause symptoms like:

  • Severe upper abdominal pain which may radiate through the back
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • High or Low Blood Pressure
  • Elevated Heart or Respiratory Rates

If a user of the Byetta pen develops pancreatitis, it is important that the medication be stopped to avoid further risk of more serious injury. However, as a result of Amylin Pharmaceutical’s failure to warn about the risk of pancreatitis, many individuals continued to use the diabetes injection.

BYETTA PANCREATIC CANCER LAWSUITS:  A number of recent studies have suggested that there may be a link between Byetta and pancreatic cancer.

According to a study published in the medical journal Gastroenterology in February 2011, the development of pancreatic cancer among Byetta users was three times greater than among other diabetics.

In the February 2013 edition of JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers raised serious concerns about the Byetta pancreatic cancer risk, after a study found that individuals treated with Byetta were twice as likely to be hospitalized with pancreatitis, which could ultimately lead to pancreatic cancer.

Amylin Pharmaceutical’s failure to warn about the Byetta pancreas cancer risk has had devastating consequences for individuals throughout the United States, as it is the fourth most common cause of cancer related deaths in the United States.

Pancreatic cancer symptoms may include:

  • Upper abdomen pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Jaundice
  • Fatigue and weariness
  • Nausea and Vomiting

Contact a Byetta Lawyer About Pancreatic Cancer

Byetta pancreatic cancer lawyers are reviewing potential lawsuits for individuals throughout the United States as a result of Amylin Pharmaceutical’s failure to provide adequate warnings for users or the medical community. To review a potential claim for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

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  1. kathy Reply

    I had a whipple operation in 2005. They removed 2/3 of my pancreas. A copule of months later I developed Diabetes. I had been on Januvia and actos. In July, my doctor switched me to Byetta. I questioned the fact of the side effects damaging the pancreas. He felt that because most had been removed there would not be a problem. After 3 months of taking Byetta, I started to get pains like that of a pancreas attack coming on. along with vomiting. The doctor had me stop the Byetta and switched me to Metformin. I just had blood work done and my Liver levels are 3 times what they were before. I have to have more bllood work tomorrow to hopefully rule out Autoimmune Hepititis.I do believe I should have never been put on Byetta. Depending on my results, I will be contacting an attorney.

  2. kathy Reply

    I started byetta 5 mg in july 2006. i was extremely nauseated with vomiting all the time, especially after the injections. my blood sugar would sometimes drop dangerously low. i had to stop taking the byetta due to these constant side effects. 6 weeks later, i had my first pancreatitis attack. these attacks continued over the years and became worse. on november 15, 2010 i had to have a whipple because of the damage to my pancreas. i was also diagnosed with nash at that time. i am not a person who sues. but i did inquire about the class action lawsuit against byetta because of what happened to me. i was told i wasn’t eligible because i wasn’t on byetta when i had my first pancreatitis attack. please don’t take this drug!

  3. nancy Reply

    I started Byetta 5 on Dec 13, 2010..that is almost 2 months now..I have severe pain in my upper abdomen and I am sick at my stomach all the time, can’t sleep because of nausea, took Tums and they seemed to help for a couple of weeks but not now..I have a call in to my Dr. I want off this stuff, I had never had stomach problems in my life before this..but I have lost 15 lbs..who wouldn’t???

  4. Robert Reply

    I was prescribed Byetta in 2006, and did very well with my blood sugars, however, I had to take immodium 2 to 3 times per day for the diaherra. In March of 2009, I started to see things that were not there. I was a professional truck driver, and my wife was my co-driver. In February of 2009 I became very ill while driving, in Indiana, my wife had to take the wheel. By the time she got to Kentucky, I was so sick, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, disorientation, I was so sick, I could not even put my shoes on, On March 24th 2009, I had taken my shot of Byetta, layed on the couch in my den, and when my wife found me, I was having a diabetic seizure; my blood sugar had gone up to almost 900 and I had to be hospitalized for 11 days. The first 4 days of my hospitaliztion, I was on life support and did not know whether I was dead or alive. The stopped giving me the Byetta in the ICU, bot my kidney, liver and other vital organs are totally out of whack. I also had a stroke while on Byetta, fell and broke 3 ribs/ suffered 2 compression fractures in my spinal cord. Needless to say, I am not able, and will never be able to work again. This has been a nightmare from hell. I know that Byetta was the culprit, and I hope they will take it off of the market before it kills anyone else. This Byetta scenario is about to cause me to lose my home and everything else that I worked so hard for for 4 years of my life. I am depressed, still sick to my stomach and the list goes on. STOP TAKING IT NOW!!!

  5. Robert Reply

    Correction not 4 years of my life, but 40 years of driving truck.

  6. Gene Reply

    Back in 2007 & 2008 I had three doctors that wanted to put me on Byetta.
    In 2008, I finally agreed to. After just the 4th shot, it create severe aabdominal pain for 7 hours. I casused me to have to urinate about every 15 minutes the entire night. For two days afterwards, I could not urinate. The third day, I went t the Mayo Clinic where it swas dicovered that my kidneys had shut down. I was hospitalized for two weeks and on dialisis.
    Finially my kidneys started to function again.

  7. Nickie Reply

    My dad had been on regular insulin for many years and kept his diabetes well controlled. His doctor switched him to Byetta last week, and he is now lying in ICU and has been declared brain dead. I don’t really think I need to say anything else about this drug. Please, if you are already well controlled, don’t switch medications.

  8. edwin r Reply

    I HAVE BEEN TAKING BYETTA NOW FOR FIVE MONTHS IT HAS HELP ME LOSE 48 POUNDS IN TOTAL ONLY BECAUSE I ALSO
    KEPT IT WITH A DIET PROGRAM TO WATCH MY SUGAR AND CARB INTAKE, I MONITOR IT CAREFULLY AND TOOK THE SHOT AS PRESCIBE D 30-40 MINTUES BEFORE MEALS. I DID HAVE NAUSEA AT THE BEIGINIG OF THE PROGRAM FOR THE FIRST 10- DAYS AT 5- MG, BUT AFTER THAT IT WORKED LIKE A MIRACLE IN KEEPING MY WAIT AND HUNGER DOWN. I FOLLOWED IT WITH A STEADY COURSE OF SMOTHEES , VEG AND FRUIT FOR THE FIRST MONTH THAT HELP A LOT. THEN I WACTHED MY INTAKE ON CARB, SUGAR AND ADDED FIBER TO HELP ME WITH A LITTLE OF CONSTIPATION WHICH I KNEW WAS A SIDE AFFECT. SO FAR I AM KEEPING MY DOWN AND THE ONLY OTHER SIDE AFFECT IS BLOATING WHEN I OVER EAT OR EAT TO SOON AFTER THE SHOT. HOPING THAT I DO NOT THE PROPLEMS SOME OF YOU HAVE GOTTEN BUT I WILL KEEP A CLOSE WATCH FOR YOUR SIGNS, THANKS AND GOOD LUCK.

  9. Sherrym Reply

    I was prescribed Byetta back in 2009 to help lose weight each time I took the injection my stomach would swell really bad and severe stomach pains I would have to lay down for 3 hours each time after the injection. I stopped taking the Byetta after 4 months. I developed a hyatial hernia after taking the Byetta shots, not sure if Byetta is related to the hernia but the doctor that prescribed the Byetta advised me you cannot take the shots if you have a hernia so apparently if not related it must make the condition worsen. My stomach has not been right since and I still have stomach swelling and pain to this day after I eat meals. I would advise anyone to not take this drug. After all the hela monster is a venomous lizard and only eats one time a year so imagine what the injections can do to your body.

  10. NikkiD Reply

    My mother started taking byetta in 2007 and in 2008 she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The cancer had already spread to her liver and lungs and it was too late to save her. She died in 2010 because of this horrible shot.

  11. Barry Reply

    I started taking Byetta around September 2005. By December 2005 I was hospitalized with my first acute pancreatitis attack, but it went undiagnosed and I was tested for heart problems. I had another severe attack in early August 2006, which this time was properly diagnosed and treated, After three days in the hospital, I was discharged, but I was hospitalized with an even more severe attack five days later. My doctor told me a normal high for pancreatic enzymes is 60; my count was 4,500–my pancreas was being consumed by the enzymes. My doctor suspected some kind of connection to the Byetta and took me off of the drug immediately–this was in August 2006 before any FDA warning. My doctor reported my case as one of the original 30 incidents reported to the FDA. The bad news is it didn’t stop there. I continued to suffer from chronic pancreatitis (I was not a drinker and had no history in my family). In September 2008 my gallbladder was removed due to complications related to the Byetta and subsequent pancreatitis. During scanning for the gallbladder surgery a tumor was found on my pancreas–caused by the scarring on my pancreas that resulted from the pancreatitis attacks. I had the Whipple surgery in November 2008 to remove the top half of my pancreas to eliminate the tumor that was not benign–but the cancer cells had not spread beyond. There was another surgery a year later, and I face yet another, All of this along with never-ending visits to doctors and CT scans and blood tests to keep vigil over the possibility that tumors will return. From the very beginning in 2005/06 when I had my first series of pancreatitis attacks, I have never doubted that everything was likned to the Byetta. To this day I suffer from pain, fatigue, and weakness. Byetta ruined my life and it makes me sick to think that Ely-Lillly gets away with justifying my pain and suffering as merely a risk-benefit factor–a factor that I wasn’t even warned about in 2005-06. If you take this drug–STOP.

  12. Gwendolyn Reply

    My mom participated in a study with Byetta. She began having stomach problems in which she began regurgitating fluids, foods. Initially, her doctor thought she had gall stones. Gall stone surgery was performed. She continued having problems. Her gall bladder was, then, removed. She continued experiencing the same problems. Her doctor performed a CAT scan and found cancer which was thought to be in her pancreas, according to the reading. Surgery was immediately scheduled. After the surgeon opened her, he found it to be duodenal cancer. After 1 1/2 years of fighting, she lost her battle to cancer. I’m trying to see of anyone else taking this medicine has experienced the same. She had no signs prior to taking this medicine.

  13. dale Reply

    I THOUGHT I WAS A DEID MAN PLEASE HELP TAKE IT OFF THE MARKET.

  14. marie Reply

    I took byetta and had kidney problems.I had to have one of my kidneys removed due to cancer.My other kidney is only working at 48 to 5o%.

  15. Brittney Reply

    My stepfather took Byett for about a week. He had heartburn really bad. Well that is how he described it. He also had the nausea but he died of heart attack shortly after it was prescribed. Do you think the Byetta caused his death?

  16. kathy Reply

    It is beyond my comprehension why anyone would stay on a drug they know is making them nauseous with vomiting, even if their dr. said to stay on it. I would only put up with this for maybe 4 or 5 days at the most.

  17. Mike Reply

    I have been sick ever since taking Byetta 5-6 years ago. I stopped the drug but the damage is done. In 5 years I have lost 110 pounds and I cannot stop it. Upper and lower GI on Monday. God I hope they fix this. Thanks Byetta makers.

  18. Tammie Reply

    in about june of 2010 my husband was diagnoised with diabetes 2 he was not really that overwheight maybe 15 20 pds they showed me the diabetic way of eating carbs we followed the diet his meds consisit of lantus100/ml an byetta 10mcg injections everyday he would complain of pain an often stated win he took the byetta {that he thought sometimes it was making him sicker instead of better} he seemed to loose his weight little faster then we thought was normal an 8mo later exactly febr 13 2011 he noticed his eyes an skin lookin yellowish and felt weak an pain our home dr had us go to lincoln and be tested they said something was blocking the opening of pancreates we were told a stent was to be put in to open up panrease cause it was all backing up is why jaundas was present and they could look into more tests .On valentines day Febr 14 2011 we were told he had a 2 to 3inch dia tumor on pancrease that if main veins havent connect into it we would beable to remove it following aweek more of tests and waiting another week for test results we were then told it was to late the veins were feeding off tumor that he had pancreatic cancer in stage 4 that he had 6months to live he died aug202011 at age 49 this is the worst thing in the world to go through he got sicker weaker the last night with him i will never be able to erase the fear an pain an hurt we went throught together and sometimes the feeling of they just put him aside to die came over us on ways he was treated at times like he was just a person they know is going to die theres no cure so just do what ever to get him by i strongly feel the byetta was the reason an he asked me to try and find out what caused his cancer and possibley to let others know what to look for dont do the chemo if u are stage 4 pancreatic cancer the day u start that is the last day of your life it all goes down hill from that time on i want people to know this so they can live what time they may have enjoying life aliittle compared to living no life only in bed sick

  19. Cindi Reply

    I took 5 shots of Byetta and had to stop. The abdomen pain and blotting were awful. I told my dr and she told me to stop taking immediately. It has been two days since the last shot and I have just as much pain as I did when I took the shots.

    I have been reading all of the posts here and am very worried that I may have damaged my pancreas or caused some other problem and will suffer with these issues forever. I pray that the pain stops soon. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the people that have suffered from this horrible drug. I wish I had never taken it.

  20. perry Reply

    I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in 1988. After 7 years of treatment with oral meds and limited success I was prescribed Byetta in 2006. I was also being treated for serious pulminary problems and had been repeatedly CT scanned as well as MRIs with no evidence of cancer or tumors. In July of 2007, less than 9 months from my previous CT scan, a mass of 14.2 centimeters was discovered on my Thyroid gland. Subsequently, my Thyroid and parathyroid were surgically removed and 3 seperate radiation treatments over a 3 year period were conducted. I was forced to go on disability at age 55 and have suffered chronic fatigue and congestive heart failure as ongoing consequences of the use of this dangerous drug. I am currently insulin dependent. I have filed suit with another law firm and hoping that I will receive some sort of justice for the suffering I have endured.

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