Byetta (exenatide) in a type 2 diabetes drug which acts like a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). Once injected, it forces the body to produce insulin in greater amounts for the expressed propose of decreasing blood sugar levels. Approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration Byetta has become one of the most widely used type 2 diabetes drugs in the market. Over 7 million prescriptions for Byetta have issued since its introduction into the marketplace in 2005. However, recent studies have established a strong link between the taking of the injectable diabetes medication Byetta and the development of thyroid cancer. A recent study conducted by University of California Los Angeles suggested an increase risk of 473% in the development of thyroid cancer for individuals taking Byetta.
Thyroid Carcinoma – Explaining The Development of Cancer in Patients Taking Byetta
Thyroid cancer can be extremely dangerous if untreated. Once the thyroid gland has reached a breaking point it can be difficult to treat. Thus early detection and treatment is of extreme important. Common symptoms of thyroid cancer amongst patients taking byetta include Swelling or discomfort in the neck, Difficulty swallowing or breathing, Changes in voice texture, Frequent and unexplainable coughing or chronic coughing, swollen lymph nodes.
How Long Do I have to File a Lawsuit – Statute of Limitations:
The statute of limitations for filing a defective product lawsuit differs based on the jurisdiction which you reside in. For example the State of California imposes a two year statute of limitations on claims against manufacturers of defective products. While the state of Florida places a six year deadline. For more detailed information regarding the statute of limitations in your state or jurisdiction click here
Tolling of the Statute
: In many instances courts will permit a tolling (or halting) the a statute of limitations. Circumstances where courts have allowing for a waving of a time limit restriction include, mental or physical incapacitation of the injured party, their underage status, and instance where an individual did not know injuries suffered were caused by the defendant.
Filing a Lawsuit – Types of Compensation Available
Generally product liability lawsuits wrest on one of three differing causes of action. (1) Defect in the original design of the product (2) Defect in the manufacturing process and (3) Failure to warn common side effects and dangers associated with the use of the drug.
Victims of defective drugs are entitled to compensation for all their losses including
- All medical and health related costs
- All future medical costs, rehabilitation costs, and disability care
- Lost wages and loss of future income
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Punitive damage – where possible
: If you or a loved one have any legal questions regarding claims against manufacturers of Byetta contact our law firm toll free at (855)385-2529. All consultations are free of charge.
Further Legal Information
Link between diabetes medication and cancer
Pancreatic Cancer caused by Byetta
Who is Liable for Defective Drugs – Prescription Drug Side Effects Claims