Pancreatitis complications include severe bleeding, tissue death, infection, cysts, multiple organ failure, and death. In 2008, the FDA published warnings to report that 30 people were injured and 2 people died from complications of pancreatitis after using Byetta (exenatide). Unfortunately, many people continue to suffer these life-threatening complications.
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FDA Safety Warning for Byetta and Pancreatitis Complications
Byetta (exenatide) is an injectable, pre-loaded “pen” medication that is used to treat type-2 diabetes. Unfortunately, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published multiple warnings after receiving reports of life-threatening pancreatitis complications in Byetta patients. After the agency received 30 reports in 2007, they published this Safety Communication.
Unfortunately, the agency continued to receive reports of severe Byetta complications. They published another Safety Communication in 2008 after receiving 6 reports of acute pancreatitis that become hemorrhagic and necrotizing pancreatitis — including 2 people who died.
Complications of Pancreatitis
Some of the most severe pancreatitis complications include:
- Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS): This is a severe inflammation that spreads beyond the pancreas and into the entire body.
- Tissue death (necrosis): Inflamed tissue may cut off the blood supply to tissue, causing tissue damage and death.
- Infection: Necrotic tissue is highly likely to become infected with bacteria. This infection can potentially spread to other organs or the blood (sepsis).
- Respiratory complications
- Malnutrition: A damaged pancreas may not be able to produce digestive enzymes to break down food in the stomach.
- Diabetes: Normally, the pancreas secretes a hormone called insulin, which helps regulate blood-sugar levels and metabolism. Diabetes (chronic high blood-sugar levels) can occur if the pancreas is not producing insulin.
- Pancreatic abscess: This is a collection of pus resulting from infected tissue.
- Pseudocysts: This is a collection of fluid and enzymes that grows within a defined, fibrous wall in the pancreas.
- Pancreatic cancer: Over time, chronic inflammation of the pancreas is a risk factor for developing pancreatic cancer.
- Kidney failure
- Organ failure
- Permanent disability
Byetta and Hemorrhagic or Necrotizing Pancreatitis
Some of the most severe pancreatitis complications include necrotizing pancreatitis and hemorrhagic pancreatitis. Between 2007 and 2008, the FDA received 6 reports of people who suffered these complications after using Byetta, including 2 people who died.
- Hemorrhagic pancreatitis: This occurs when the pancreas becomes extremely swollen and damages blood vessels in nearby tissues. This causes severe bleeding (hemorrhaging) in the abdomen.
- Necrotizing pancreatitis: This complication can occur 2-6 weeks after the onset of acute pancreatitis, when inflamed tissue begins to die. If the dead tissue becomes infected, about 20% of cases are fatal. Most deaths are due to sepsis (blood infections) and multiple organ system failure.
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