Januvia or Byetta Cause Your Drug Injuries?

Our Product Liability Lawyers Explain Januvia and Byetta Lawsuit Options

Januvia and Byetta are medications for type 2 diabetes. Both belong to a class of drugs known as “incretin mimetics” and work by helping the pancreas create more insulin. By facilitating this function, the drugs regulate blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. However, there are significant risks for diabetes patients taking these drugs. In 2007, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned Januvia and Byetta may increase patients’ risk for developing pancreatitis. Additional studies found the drugs cause pancreatic cancer and other potentially fatal health problems. Thousands of drug lawsuits against the manufacturers of these drugs have been centralized in multidistrict litigation (MDL). Patients harmed by Januvia and Byetta or their family members may be able to file product liability lawsuits against the manufacturers and/or join the MDL.

Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck P.C. is dedicated to helping victims of defective drugs or their family members recover the compensation they deserve. In one pharmaceutical liability lawsuit, we obtained a settlement of $8 million. In that case, we represented a child who suffered a permanent brain injury due to medication errors. Our Pennsylvania pharmaceutical litigation lawyers work meticulously to investigate all available evidence to help you receive the maximum possible amount for your claim. Our attorneys can advise you of your ability to file a Januvia or Byetta lawsuit in a free initial consultation.

What Health Complications May Result from Januvia and Byetta?

Januvia, also known as “sitagliptin,” is an oral medication produced by Merck & Co. Byetta, also known as “exenatide,” is an injectable drug marketed by AstraZeneca. Patients with type 2 diabetes sometimes take these two medications together. However, the FDA and multiple studies have investigated links between incretin mimetic drugs and health conditions such as:

  • Pancreatic cancer. The Institute of Safe Medication Practices claims patients taking incretin mimetic drugs have more than 20 times the risk of developing pancreatic cancer than those taking other diabetes drugs. Pancreatic cancer often has no symptoms in the earliest stages. An estimated 95 percent of pancreatic cancer cases are fatal because tumors spread before doctors identify the disease.
  • Pancreatitis. A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine discovered type 2 diabetes patients taking Januvia or Byetta had an elevated risk of developing acute pancreatitis. This condition, characterized by inflammation of the pancreas, can cause many other symptoms, such as severe pain, nausea and vomiting. In some cases, pancreatitis can be fatal. Pancreatitis also raises the risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
  • Thyroid cancer. A study published in Gastroenterology claims that Byetta may raise the risk of thyroid cancer.
  • Kidney failure. Between 2005 and 2008, the FDA received 78 reports of kidney problems allegedly caused by Byetta, including kidney failure.

Can I File a Lawsuit for Januvia and Byetta Complications?

Thousands of product liability lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of Byetta and Januvia. More than 900 of these drug lawsuits involve type 2 diabetes patients who developed pancreatic cancer. According to the lawsuits, Merck and AstraZeneca may be liable for:

  • Failure to warn. According to the plaintiffs, Merck and AstraZeneca did not warn patients or doctors of health risks associated with these medications. The lawsuits claim a failure to warn led patients to develop fatal health complications, such as pancreatic cancer, instead of giving them the chance to use alternative medications.
  • Defective design. Lawsuits claim the manufacturers of both medications designed and marketed defective drugs. Specifically, the lawsuits argue the companies did not adequately test or research their products.

It can be difficult to show liability when defective drugs caused injuries or wrongful death. Multiple parties, including your physician, may be to blame. An attorney can help you discover all responsible parties.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation About Your Januvia and Byetta Lawsuit Options

If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries as a result of taking Januvia and Byetta, then contact our law firm today. Depending on the specifics of your case, you may have a claim for compensation. Damages from a lawsuit can cover medical bills, lost income, funeral expenses and other damages.

The Philadelphia pharmaceutical litigation lawyers at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. offer free initial consultations and handle cases on a contingency fee basis. You will not pay us unless we get results. We have offices in Pennsylvania as well as Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and we handle cases nationwide. To find out if you can file a claim, call (866) 569-3400 or fill out our online case review form.