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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Blames Byetta for Cancer

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A Florida woman filed a lawsuit in 2010 alleging the cancer that took her husband’s life was caused by Byetta, a drug used to treat Type II Diabetes.  According to the lawsuit, Fred J. Salem began using Byetta in July 2007.   He died of pancreatic and liver cancer in January 2008.

According to his wife’s lawsuit, Mr. Salem began to suffer from weight loss, skin color changes, pain and fever shortly after he began taking Byetta, and was eventually diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer.  The lawsuit claims that Mr. Salem would not have used Byetta had he or his doctors been aware of its risks.  The lawsuit alleges that Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly failed to warn that Byetta could cause or contribute to the development of liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, and other conditions including pancreatitis.

The Byetta cancer lawsuit accuses the drug’s manufacturers of negligence, failure to warn, and loss of consortium.   Sadia Salem, Mr. Salem’s wife of 29 years, is seeking medical and funeral expenses and other damages.

Byetta, which was approved in 2005, is used along or with other diabetes medications to control glucose levels. The drug’s label already includes warnings regarding an association with pancreatits and kidney problems. In December 2009, it was learned that Byetta’s makers had been directed by the FDA to conduct a number of Byetta post-marketing studies, including one that would look at possible associations with thyroid neoplasms and pancreatic cancer. disclaimer: This article: Wrongful Death Lawsuit Blames Byetta for Cancer was posted on Monday, June 6th, 2011 at 2:24 am at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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