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Byetta to get stronger labeling

August 19, 2008|From Times Wire Services

Federal regulators are working on a stronger label for a widely used diabetes drug marketed by Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Eli Lilly & Co. after deaths were reported with the medication despite earlier government warnings.

The Food and Drug Administration said it had received six new reports of patients developing a dangerous form of pancreatitis while taking Byetta. Two of the patients died.

Regulators stressed that patients should stop taking Byetta immediately if they develop signs of acute pancreatitis, a swelling of the pancreas that can cause nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

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