In recent years, the diabetes drug Januvia has been linked with pancreatitis, thyroid cancer and pancreatic cancer. Unfortunately, it is still being used by millions of patients who have not been properly warned of the dangers.
Records show that the maker of Januvia, Merck, delayed important safety studies ordered by the FDA that may have revealed these risks to patients. Although there is not a Januvia class action lawsuit, lawyers are helping those affected by pancreatic or thyroid cancer file lawsuits.
Januvia helps those with diabetes control high blood sugar. However, in doing so, it inhibits the enzyme DPP-4, which may also limit the body’s natural defense against the spread of cancerous cells.
Following an FDA warning in 2009 over Januvia pancreatitis risks, the agency ordered Merck to conduct new safety trials. However, a violation letter from February of 2012 shows the drug maker continued to delay the testing.
Although there is currently no class action lawsuit for Januvia, those affected may file individual lawsuits against Merck for their defective product and failure to warn consumers. In many cases, these individual lawsuits are joined under one court, which has greater advantages for victims than a Januvia class action lawsuit.
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with thyroid or pancreatic cancer after taking Januvia, it is important to speak with a lawyer. You may be entitled to substantial compensation not be available under a Januvia class action lawsuit. Contact us today.
A recent study from the University of California at Los Angeles suggested Januvia could increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 270% and thyroid cancer by 148%. With millions of patients taking this medication since 2006, experts fear that thousands could be affected.
A class action lawsuit for Januvia would be helpful if thousands of consumers had experienced minor damages, as this would give the group as a whole more influence. However, since patients have experienced significant damages from cancer, individual lawsuits are more beneficial.
In most cases involving defective drug injuries, individual cases from around the country are consolidated in one central multi-district litigation court. There, victims can share evidence and resources while still maintaining control over their case.
Most importantly, individual lawsuits allow victims to select their own lawyer, and cases to be evaluated on their own merits, rather than as part of a large group. This usually results in higher recoveries than sharing one large award from a class action lawsuit for Januvia.
If you or a family member have been affected by thyroid or pancreatic cancer after taking Januvia, a lawyer can discuss your case today at no charge to let you know if compensation is available and how long you have to take action.
Defective drug injury lawsuits can be very complex with years of fighting against large drug companies. Therefore, it is important to choose a lawyer with experience in this type of case. DrugRisk only recommends lawyers and law firms that have already handled diabetes drug cancer lawsuits or Januvia lawsuits.
Contact us today for more information on the warnings, research, side effects and legal news related to Januvia and other diabetes drugs, or to speak with a lawyer. We are available 24 hours a day to help.