DrugRisk Update: Court Hearing This Week for Januvia Lawsuits Alleging Cancer

July 23, 2013

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New York, NY (PRWEB) July 23, 2013

The diabetes drug safety center at DrugRisk.com is advising patients taking the medications Januvia or Janumet of new information on the site. A federal court will meet this week to decide the fate of a growing number of lawsuits alleging the drugs caused cancer*.

DrugRisk provides patients taking popular prescription drugs with the latest warnings, recalls, studies and legal news in an effort to improve safety. Visitors can see if others are experiencing similar side effects and decide if they need legal advice.

Januvia and Janumet are popular diabetes medications prescribed to those with type-2 diabetes to lower blood sugar levels**.

However, the resource center contains studies suggesting Januvia and Janumet may be linked to cancer.

A 2011 study from UCLA linked Januvia with increased rates of pancreatic cancer and thyroid cancer***. The American Medical Association recently advised diabetes drugs like these can double the risk of pancreatitis, a major risk factor for pancreatic cancer****.

Also, the British Medical Journal has reported this class of diabetes drugs may be more dangerous than expected, and manufacturers have withheld raw data which would expedite new safety tests*****.

Due to the number of patients expected to file a Januvia lawsuit alleging cancer, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has scheduled a hearing 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.

For more information on the research, side effects and litigation news related to Januvia and other drugs, or to speak with a lawyer, visit http://www.DrugRisk.com.

*JPML, 6/12/13; jpml.uscourts.gov/sites/jpml/files/Hearing_Order-7-25-13.pdf

**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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