Incretin Mimetic Drug Lawsuits Consolidated in Federal Court
On August 28, 2013, it was announced that litigation involving incretin mimetic drugs Byetta, Victoza, Januvia, and Janumet are being consolidated into multi-district litigation in California federal court. Usually lawsuits against different companies, as is in this case, are not consolidated into one MDL. In this case however, many of the plaintiffs bringing the lawsuits have taken more than one of these drugs, therefore consolidation made sense. In addition, all of these drugs are used to treat type 2 diabetes, all belong to the same class, and all are alleged to cause pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. This creates many common issues for the courts, and cases can be dealt with much more efficiently if evidence is gathered at one time instead of separately for each drug. Outcomes for both the plaintiffs and defendants will be more consistent as well.
Unlike with a class action lawsuit however, in an MDL, each individual plaintiff will be granted an individual damage award. This allows for efficiency in the process, but still for individualized treatment of each plaintiff.
The cases in the MDL are known as In re: Incretin Based Therapies Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2452. The cases are in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, supervised by Judge Anthony Battaglia.
Have you taken Byetta, Januvia, or Victoza?
If you are one of the many type 2 diabetics who were prescribed one of these drugs to treat your diabetes, and have suffered serious side effects such as pancreatic cancer or pancreatitis, you may be eligible to join a lawsuit underway that could provide you with compensation.
Many patients have ended up with more health problems after taking these drugs than they had before they began, and are alleging that the manufacturers of Byetta, Januvia, Janumet, and Victoza failed to properly warn of the risks of their drugs, failed to provide adequate labels for the drugs, and failed to test and monitor the side effects of their drugs.
If you have suffered these serious injuries after taking any of these drugs, call our attorneys today for your free case review. You may be able to recover:
- Medical expenses, past and future
- Lost earnings, past and future
- Pain and suffering
- Compensation for expenses such as home health care
Contact an Attorney at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP Today
Our attorneys can help you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries. While compensation can not erase your health problems or make you whole again, it can help you deal with your everyday financial realities. In addition, holding the drug manufacturers responsible for their actions is an important result of litigation as well. Our attorneys are compassionate, experienced, and effective. We work on a contingent fee basis, so we never see a dime until you receive your compensation. Contact us today to speak directly to an attorney about your case.