Archive for November, 2009

New Concerns: Byetta® now being examined in connection with kidney side-effects and renal failure

November 2009


August 2008: the FDA issues a MedWatch alert about six new cases of hemorrhagic and necrotizing pancreatitis that had been reported to FDA.

March 2009: drug regulators in the UK published an article discussing two serious side effects potentially associated with Byetta®, pancreatitis and renal (kidney) impairment.

November 2009: more news from the FDA: in a limited study from April 2005 through October 2008, the FDA received reports of 78 cases of altered kidney function (62 cases of acute renal failure and 16 cases of renal insufficiency) in patients using Byetta®.

The side-effects detailed in the study ranged from the mild, to death (4 cases).

The FDA carefully recognized that some of the cases concerned patients who already had kidney disease or had one or more risk factors for developing kidney problems already.

During the time period of the case study, Byetta® had been prescribed nearly 7 million times. (FDA)

What are the Side-Effects?

Milder side-effects include nausea, vomiting,  and diarrhea.

These were the most common side effects linked to with Byetta®; it is a possibility that these side effects contributed to the development of altered kidney function in the reported cases.

Side-effects that are more severe include kidney dysfunction, renal failure, pancreatitis, and even death.

If you or a loved one have been prescribed Byetta® and now have been diagnosed with renal failure, altered kidney function, or pancreatitis, please contact us immediately for a free consultation. You could be entitled to compensation.

Contact Eric W. Gruenwald, Lawyer, for more information at 866-529-0001 Extension 245.

Always consult with your physician before you stop taking any medications, including Byetta®.