Januvia – Pancreatic Cancer
Januvia is the brand name for the drug sitagliptin phosphate. Made and sold by American pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., Inc. this prescription medication is used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Possible Injuries – Acute Pancreatitis and Cancer
Research shows the antidiabetic drug sitagliptin phosphate — sold under the brand name Januvia and as Janumet when combined with metformin — may cause acute pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.
History of Januvia
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved Januvia in October 2006 in the form of oral tablets containing between 25 mg and 100 mg of sitagliptin phosphate. The FDA approved Janumet in 2007.
On September 25, 2009, the FDA announced it was revising Januvia’s and Janumet’s label to warn about acute pancreatitis. On March 14, 2013, the FDA issued a drug safety communication informing the public that it is evaluating unpublished findings by researchers that connected Januvia with pancreatitis and cellular changes called “pancreatic duct metaplasia.” The agency is requesting the researchers provide it with their research methodology and tissue samples they used.
Due to the growing number of Januvia lawsuits, in late July 2013, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) heard arguments by Januvia users who were suing Merck, as well as from users of similar incretin mimetic drugs, to consolidate their cases into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) that has been transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
Why Beacon Legal Group Should Be Your Attorney
BLG maintains a team of specially trained professionals to guide you through your Januvia lawsuit. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, permanent impairments suffered, pain and suffering, and even punitive damages were appropriate.
BLG Fees and Costs
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If you or someone you love suffered from Januvia side effects, you may be eligible for compensation. Submit your request for a free case evaluation now. We have a team of caring and compassionate Januvia Lawsuit Attorneys ready to help.