If you developed thyroid cancer after taking the type-2 diabetes Byetta (exenatide), you are not alone. Although dozens of cases of thyroid cancer have been associated with diabetes drugs, our lawyers are concerned that the warnings regarding this side effect are not adequate.
Need a Texas Thyroid Cancer Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one took Byetta, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a thyroid cancer lawsuit in Texas.
Diabetes Drugs and Thyroid Cancer
Several diabetes medications in the incretin mimetic class, including Byetta, have been associated with thyroid cancer. Our lawyers are concerned because this class of drugs has only been on the market since 2005, and researchers are still discovering long-term side effects. Thyroid cancer is a rare disease that can take years to develop and even longer to research, which is why early reports of this disease are so alarming.
Concern about the link between diabetes drugs and thyroid cancer first emerged when studies of Victoza (liraglutide) showed that the drug caused malignant C-cell thyroid cancer in rodents and mice at “clinically-relevant” dosages. A Black Box warning was placed on the label for Victoza, and the FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication for Victoza and thyroid cancer.
Byetta and Thyroid Cancer
The first incretin mimetic drug on the market was Byetta (exenatide), approved in 2005. Over the next four years, the FDA received dozens of reports of thyroid cancer among patients who were using Byetta. In 2009, the agency published a Safety Communication to warn about the risk of pancreatitis and ask Amylin Pharmaceuticals to “explore a potential signal of a serious risk of thyroid cancer and pancreatic cancer.”
What is Thyroid Cancer?
Thyroid cancer is a disease that occurs when cells begin dividing and growing uncontrollably inside the thyroid gland. The thyroid is located on the lower-front and center part of the neck, with two lobes that wrap around the neck in a “butterfly-shape.” It is responsible for regulating the body’s metabolism.
Fortunately, most types of thyroid cancer are slow-growing not aggressive. Although symptoms of thyroid cancer may be nonexistent in its early stages, the cancer typically produces a noticeable lump on the neck before it grows too large or spreads outside the thyroid gland.
Most people are able to have thyroid cancer removed surgically. However, some types of thyroid cancer are very aggressive and are extremely difficult to remove once they grow into structures in the neck (windpipe, nerves, blood vessels, lymph nodes, etc).
Symptoms of Thyroid Cancer
- Lump or nodule on the neck
- Pain in the neck or throat
- Unexplained cough or hoarseness
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Voice changes
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- And more
Do I have a Thyroid Cancer Lawsuit in Texas?
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