Januvia is a prescription medication used by diabetic patients to help stabilize their blood sugar levels. The drug became available for public use in 2006.
However, the drug did not come without a cost, including serious side effects and an increased risk of pancreatic cancer.
Have you or someone you love suffered serious side effects or an injury after taking Januvia? If so, the experienced class action attorneys at Gordon & Doner are currently investigating potential Januvia lawsuits on behalf of patients who were the victims of these serious, and sometimes fatal, side effects.
Our lawyers have more than 200 years of combined legal experience and have helped victims just like you receive millions in verdicts and settlements.
Contact us today to see if you are entitled to file a Januvia lawsuit and obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
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Januvia and Pancreatic Cancer
Januvia belongs to a class of medications known as dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors (DPP-IV). It is in the same drug class as Victoza and Byetta, which are also diabetes drugs that allegedly increase the risk of cancer.
According to the FDA, 88 cases of acute pancreatitis among Januvia patients were reported in 2009. By 2011, this number had increased to almost two-hundred. Some of these cases resulted in death of the patient.
Pancreatitis occurs when an individual’s pancreas becomes inflamed. In severe cases, pancreatitis can cause permanent scarring of the pancreas, infections, cysts and internal bleeding. If left untreated, inflammation from the disease can spread to other organs, such as the heart, kidneys or lungs.
Additional analysis of the FDA reports revealed that 19 of the pancreatitis cases occurred within 30 days of the patient starting the medication. All reports were logged in the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System between 2006 and 2011.
Other information regarding Januvia-induced pancreatitis, as well as the link between Januvia and pancreatic cancer, can be found in several scientific studies.
In 2009, the University of California published a study in the Diabetes Journal that revealed a possible link between Januvia and pancreatic cancer. During the study, researchers found high rates of production for potential cancer cells in the pancreatic ducts of patients taking Januvia. Researchers also noted the development of pancreatitis in several of the study’s participants.
In a follow-up study, researchers discovered that Januvia patients were six times more likely to develop pancreatitis, and nearly three times more likely to develop pancreatic cancer. Additionally, the study noted an increased risk of thyroid cancer among patients who took Januvia or other DPP-IV medications.
Signs and symptoms of pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer include:
- Weight loss
- Jaundice (yellow skin)
- Dark-colored urine
- Light-colored stool
- Itchy skin
- Nausea and vomiting
- Upper abdominal pain
- Abdominal pain that feels worse after eating
- Back pain
- Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck
- Rapid heartbeat
Despite these symptoms, pancreatic cancer often goes undetected until it is advanced and difficult to treat. In the vast majority of cases, symptoms only develop after pancreatic cancer has grown and begun to spread.
If you suspect your, or a loved one’s, cancer or other illness was caused by the prescription diabetes medication Januvia, you may be eligible to file a Januvia lawsuit.
At Gordon & Doner, we believe there is sufficient scientific evidence to support a connection between Januvia and pancreatic cancer, and we will fight tirelessly for the rights of all victims harmed by this medication.
Don’t delay – find out if you have a Januvia lawsuit by contacting us as soon as possible.
More Januvia Side Effects
In 2009, following the release of several scientific studies, the FDA announced the prescribing information for Januvia would be changed to include information about the reported cases of acute pancreatitis, as well as the potential link between Januvia and pancreatic cancer.
Shortly after Januvia was introduced to the market, the FDA required its manufacturer, Merck & Company, to complete a study concerning the potential risk of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer associated with the drug.
Merck allegedly submitted an independent study, but the FDA did not accept it as fulfillment of their agreement. In 2012, the FDA demanded that Merck submit a new proposal and begin a study of Januvia and pancreatic cancer within six months.
One year later, the FDA announced that it would be reviewing Merck’s reports on Januvia and pancreatic cancer. Although pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer were already listed as possible side effects on Januvia labels, the FDA wanted to review Merck’s study to determine if additional precautionary measures needed to be taken.
Some of the additional side effects noted in the study include:
- Elevated heart and respiratory rates
- Abnormal blood pressure
- Elevated liver enzymes
Anyone experiencing side effects that may be caused by Januvia should contact their doctor right away to determine if they should discontinue use of the diabetes medication.
If you or someone you love has taken the prescription drug Januvia, it is important to discuss the medication with your physician. Then, it is important to discuss a potential Januvia lawsuit with a reputable lawyer.
Users of Januvia are urged to contact the law offices of Gordon & Doner to find out if they have grounds to file a Januvia lawsuit for any illness or injury they may have suffered after taking the drug.
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Contact Us to File a Januvia Lawsuit
To date, hundreds of Januvia lawsuits have been filed on behalf of consumers who have suffered severe pancreatic diseases after taking the prescription diabetes medication Januvia.
Januvia lawsuits have been filed against Merck & Co., as well as manufacturers of similar drugs.
The legal team at Gordon & Doner believes all drug manufacturers should be held accountable when they fail to warn the public about the dangers associated with their product.
If you believe your use of Januvia has led to serious medical problems, let the drug injury lawyers at Gordon & Doner file a Januvia lawsuit on your behalf and fight for your rights.
We have decades of legal experience in class action lawsuits, and we will put this experience to use for you. We will stand behind your Januvia lawsuit and help you fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.
We also work on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay us unless we obtain compensation for you.
If you are concerned about Januvia and pancreatic cancer, contact us today. We can help determine if you are entitled to file a Januvia lawsuit.