DrugRisk Alerts of New Januvia Advisory As Court Sets to Decide Fate of Lawsuits
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New York, NY (PRWEB) July 02, 2013
The diabetes drug safety center at DrugRisk.com is announcing new information on the site for patients taking the medications Januvia or Janumet. Health experts have called for new testing and data from manufacturers as a federal panel prepares to decide the fate of lawsuits alleging pancreatic cancer*.
DrugRisk was created to improve the safety of patients taking popular prescription drugs like Januvia and Janumet by providing the latest warnings, recalls, studies and legal news. Visitors can see if others are experiencing similar side effects and decide if they need legal advice.
Januvia and Janumet are pill-form diabetes medications prescribed to help those with type-2 diabetes control blood sugar. The drugs were two of the best-selling for Merck in recent years, with sales of over $4 billion last year**.
The resource center contains studies suggesting Januvia and Janumet may be linked to cancer. A 2011 study from UCLA indicated the drug could increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 172% and thyroid cancer by 48%***.
The Journal for the American Medical Association also recently warned that diabetes drugs like these can double the risk of pancreatitis, a major risk factor for pancreatic cancer****.
Now, DrugRisk has learned that the American Diabetes Association has called for an independent review of medications like Januvia*. Also, a British Medical Journal report suggested this class of diabetes drugs may be more dangerous than expected, and manufacturers haven’t handed over raw data to allow further safety testing*****.
Now, with 53 patients having already filed a Januvia lawsuit alleging cancer and the number expected to grow, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will meet on July 25th to determine where to consolidate the cases. (In Re: Incretins Products Liability, Sales and Marketing Litigation, MDL 2452, United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation).
Anyone affected by cancer after taking Januvia or Janumet is encouraged to speak with a lawyer about their legal options. However, due to the specialized nature of federal drug injury cases, DrugRisk only recommends lawyers who have already handled Januvia lawsuits.
*ADA, 6/10/13; diabetes.org/for-media/2013/american-diabetes-association-incretin-therapy.html
**Bloomberg, 2/25/13; bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-25/merck-bristol-diabetes-drugs-linked-to-pancreatitis-risk.html
***Gastroenterology, July 2011; ctsi.ucla.edu/education/files/publicview/training/docs/FDA-analysis.pdf
****JAMA Internal Medicine, 2/25/13; archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1656537
*****MedPage Today, 6/12/13; medpagetoday.com/Endocrinology/Diabetes/39803
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