Januvia Diabetic Medication and Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuits
The diabetes drug Januvia (sitagliptin) controls blood-sugar levels by stimulating the pancreas to make more insulin. Unfortunately, recent studies suggest it could over-stimulate the pancreas and lead to inflammation, pancreatitis, or even pancreatic cancer. As the FDA investigates these risks, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed and centralized in one federal court in California.
Januvia: A Brief History
Since it was introduced, Januvia has quickly grown to become one of the top-selling drugs in the country and among the best sellers for Merck, a global pharmaceutical company. Januvia and Janumet are among a new breed of medications for treatment of type-2 diabetes, along with Byetta and Victoza, which have been linked to serious and potentially life-threatening cancer side effects that may result from chronic pancreatitis.
Following a number of adverse event reports submitted over the first few years Januvia was on the market, the FDA required an update to the medications warning label in September 2009, providing information about the link between Januvia and pancreatitis. In February 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Merck over their failure to conduct required testing on the risk of pancreatitis from Januvia and Janumet side effects. Although Merck promised to conduct a three-month study on Januvia’s pancreatic safety by June 2011, the drug maker failed to follow through.
In March 2013, the FDA launched an investigation into the potential link between pancreatic cancer and Januvia, after a study confirmed that use of the medication may double the risk of hospitalization due to pancreatitis and cause pre-cancerous cellular changes called pancreatic duct metaplasia, which may ultimately lead to pancreatic cancer. Despite clear signs about the potential impact of Januvia and Janumet on the pancreas, Merck has failed to adequately research the potential health problems or provide warnings about the risk of pancreatic cancer.
Januvia Side Effects
Unfortunately, some of these type 2 diabetes medications encountered problems as people continued to use them. One of those medications is known as Januvia, which is manufactured by the pharmaceutical giant known as Merck & Co. Januvia was originally introduced to the American market when it obtained FDA approval in 2006, and it quickly took hold around the country. However, people eventually began to report alleged Januvia side effects that included extremely dangerous conditions such as pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, and thyroid cancer.
As a result, Januvia side effects lawsuits began to be filed, as all of these conditions are extremely dangerous and people can lose their lives if they are allowed to progress without being detected. Examples of symptoms associated with pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer include:
- Dark-colored urine
- Loss of appetite
- Unintended weight loss
- Back pain
Examples of symptoms associated with thyroid cancer include:
- Lumps or swelling in the neck
- Neck pain
- Ear pain
- Problems swallowing
- Problems breathing comfortably
- A frequent and persistent cough
To make matters worse, there have been people diagnosed with thyroid cancer who did not experience any outward symptoms until the condition had progressed to a very advanced stage.
Do I have a Januvia Lawsuit?
The Law Office of Jones Brown is currently accepting Januvia induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (855) 525-2999.
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