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DrugRisk Update: New Study Warns of Cancer in Byetta Side Effects

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 04, 2013

The diabetes drug safety advocates at are announcing updated information for patients who have taken the medication Byetta. A recent study suggests the drug may have higher occurrence rates of pancreatic cancer and thyroid cancer than traditional treatments.

DrugRisk was created to improve the safety of those taking popular prescription drugs by providing the latest warnings, recalls, studies and legal news. Patients 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. It generated sales of over $300 million last year, when it was purchased with Amylin Pharmaceuticals by Bristol-Myers Squibb*.

However, DrugRisk has added a 2011 study from UCLA 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 published findings showing these drugs can double the risk of pancreatitis, a major risk factor for pancreatic cancer***.

Now, DrugRisk has added a new report by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, which found in an analysis of FDA reports that patients were over 20 times as likely to report pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer from Januvia than from traditional diabetes treatment like metformin****.

Due to the number of patients filing a Byetta lawsuit alleging cancer, lawyers have asked that cases be consolidated to a special federal multi-district court in California****. (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 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

*Bloomberg, 2/25/13;
**Gastroenterology, July 2011;
***JAMA Internal Medicine, 2/25/13;
****Institute for Safe Medication Practices, 4/18/13;
*****JPML, 4/5/13;

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