Januvia was approved by the FDA in 2006, and has been used by millions of patients in order to control elevated blood sugar levels associated with type 2 diabetes. Last year, Januvia became the top-selling drug for manufacturer Merck & Co. with over $4 billion in sales.
Unfortunately, researchers have warned that diabetes medications like Januvia may be linked to Januvia thyroid cancer. It is not known how Januvia may be associated with the disease, however, the drug inhibits the enzyme DPP-4, which is a natural defense against cancer.
Thyroid cancer causes abnormal cells to grow in the thyroid, a gland located in the neck that produces hormones to regulate how the body works and consumes energy. Fortunately, thyroid cancer is uncommon and usually detected early. It is also highly treatable.
Common symptoms of Januvia thyroid cancer can include:
Some people show no symptoms of thyroid cancer, but are diagnosed when their doctor discovers a lump in the neck during exam. Regardless, if you have noticed any of these symptoms, contact 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 Januvia thyroid cancer lawsuit due to the failure of Merck to warn of their defective product. Lawyers are helping those affected file claims.
If you or a family member were diagnosed with thyroid cancer after taking Januvia, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal rights as soon as possible. Contact us today.
In 2011, researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles who were studying Januvia’s relationship to pancreatitis also noted that the drug could be linked to a 148% increased risk of thyroid cancer. However, they cautioned that more testing was necessary.
The FDA had requested in 2009 that Merck conduct further studies into the safety of Januvia after receiving reports of complications. However, a violation letter sent in 2012 indicates the company delayed the studies, which could have uncovered risks for Januvia thyroid cancer.
Thyroid cancer is typically treated with surgery or radioactive iodine. Those affected after taking Januvia should not have to face this treatment without help from the manufacturer.
If you or a family member have been affected by thyroid 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.
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