Has there been a recall of Byetta?

By: Ani Barsamian, JD

There have been no recalls of Januvia to date.  However, in October 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning via Byetta’s packaging that the drug causes pancreatic complications in users, a potentially fatal circumstance. Moreover, on March 14, 2013, the FDA issued a drug safety communication informing the public that it “is evaluating unpublished new findings by a group of academic researchers that suggest an increased risk of pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas, and pre-cancerous cellular changes called pancreatic ductal metaplasia in patients with type 2 diabetes treated with a class of drugs called incretin mimetics.” The Incretin mimetic class includes Byetta.