Januvia is one of the most popular Type 2 Diabetes medications available for patients. The oral medication was approved by the FDA in 2006 to control blood sugar levels in patients. It is manufactured by Merck & Co. and works by helping the body to increase insulin and decrease sugars that are made in the liver. In 2011, about two million prescriptions were written for the drug.
Although the FDA has approved the drug, serious side effects are known to occur to users.
Januvia has been reported to cause pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer within patients. Pancreatis is the inflammation or swelling of the pancreas. According to a 2011 report published in Gastroenterology, a patient's risk for developing pancreatitis increases six-fold as the result of using Januvia. The condition can develop within less than two months and can be fatal. Pancreatitis can also lead to pancreatic cancer.
Januvia labels do not warn users of the risk of pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer can also develop without symptoms, making it hard for doctors to diagnose the disease before it is too late. According to the 2011 Gastroenterology study, pancreatic cancer cases increased almost three-fold in patients that used both Byetta and Januvia.
Your Legal Options
Hundreds of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer cases due to Januvia use have been reported around the country. Many patients and their families have filed lawsuits against the makers of the drug for failing to warn about side effects. It has also been claimed that, despite the known dangers, the manufacturers continued to market and sell the defective drugs to the public.
If you or a loved one are a Januvia user and have suffered a serious side effect such as pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer due to use, contact us today. Call our offices at 1-800-598-0314 or fill out this simple form here.