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Januvia Pancreatic Cancer

januvia pancreatic cancerSince its release in 2006, the diabetes drug Januvia has been used by millions of patients to control high blood sugar associated with type 2 diabetes. With sales of more than $4 billion last year and prescriptions in over 80 countries, Januvia is the best-selling drug for pharmaceutical giant Merck.

Unfortunately, health experts with the FDA, American Medical Association and UCLA have now warned that diabetes medications like Januvia may be linked to pancreatitis, kidney failure and Januvia pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer attacks the lining of the pancreas, an organ that aids in digestion and the metabolism of sugars. Because the disease is seldom detected early and can spread quickly, it often has a poor prognosis. As a result, it is a leading cause of cancer death.

Some of the common symptoms of Januvia pancreatic cancer include:

  • Weight loss
  • Pain in the upper abdomen or back
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Blood clots
  • Depression

If you have experienced any of these symptoms, it is important to speak with your doctor immediately. If you were diagnosed after taking Januvia, it is also important to learn about the substantial compensation that may be available from a defective drug injury claim.

Lawyers are currently helping those affected file claims against Merck due to the company’s failure to properly warn patients about the risks of Januvia pancreatic cancer.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after taking Januvia, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal rights as soon as possible. Contact us today.

The FDA first warned that Januvia was associated with pancreatitis in 2009. However, records show that Merck had reason to know of these risks years before, and also delayed important testing ordered by the FDA in 2011 that may have uncovered the risks of Januvia pancreatic cancer sooner.

In 2011, a study from UCLA showed that Januvia could increase the risk of pancreatitis by 6 times the normal rate. Researchers also found the risk of pancreatic cancer was 2.7 times higher from taking the drug.

This year, the Journal for the American Medical Association published a study showing drugs like Januvia could double the risk for pancreatitis, leading to pancreatic cancer and kidney failure. The FDA has issued a new warning to consumers as a result.

If you or a family member have been affected by pancreatic cancer, it is important to speak with a lawyer to learn what help is available and how long you have to take action.

Lawsuits for defective drug injuries can be very complex. 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 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.