The Januvia Lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP, are investigating potential lawsuits around the country on behalf of individuals who were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after taking Januvia. First approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006, Januvia (generic: sitagliptin phosphate) is a widely-prescribed medication designed to manage blood sugar levels in adults with type-2 diabetes. Januvia lawsuits allege product liability, negligence, and failure to warn claims against Merck & co., the manufacturer of the drug.
Januvia Pancreatitis Update 2/26/13: The popular type 2 diabetes drugs Byetta and Januvia may double the risk of users developing pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas that can lead to cancer and kidney failure. The new information, which was published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, found that patients hospitalized with pancreatitis were twice as likely to be taking Januvia or Byetta than a control group of diabetics who didn’t have the disease.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after taking Januvia, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Januvia and we can help.
Januvia belongs to a new class of drugs known as dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors or blockers which help the body manage blood sugar levels. DPP blockers work to increase the amount of insulin made by the pancreas when blood sugars are at their highest (usually after eating), and lower the amount of sugar made by the liver after eating, when the body doesn’t need it. Januvia is designed to be taken once a day, and is available in 25, 50, and 100 mg. doses.
Side Effects of Januvia
Unfortunately, despite its considerable effectiveness as a diabetes medication, Januvia has recently been linked to a number of adverse health complications. Serious side effects reported to Januvia Lawyers have included cases of:
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
- Acute Pancreatitis
- Hemorrhagic Pancreatitis
- Necrotizing Pancreatitis
Pancreatic cancer is a life-threatening disease of the pancreas, a large organ located directly behind the stomach. The pancreas manufactures and releases enzymes into the intestines that help the body absorb foodstuffs. Pancreatic cancer occurs when uncontrolled cell growth takes place in the pancreas. Rather than developing into healthy, normal pancreas tissue, these abnormal cells continue dividing and form tumors which interfere with the main functions of the pancreas. Januvia pancreatic cancer symptoms may include:
- Dark urine
- Clay colored stools
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Pain or discomfort in the abdomen
- Back pain
- Blood clots
Pancreatic cancer currently ranks as the fourth leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the United States. Experts have estimated that nearly 45,000 people are diagnosed with the disease each year, and that around 37,000 die from it annually. Sadly, within the first year of diagnosis, three-quarts of pancreatic cancer patients succumb to the disease.
Januvia thyroid cancer is a disease of the thyroid gland, an organ that makes hormones which regulate heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and weight. Thyroid cancer is particularly dangerous because it rarely causes any noticeable signs or symptoms in its early stages, and when it does, the disease may have advanced to a stage that is untreatable or migrated to other parts of the body. When they do manifest, Januvia thyroid cancer symptoms may include:
- Lumps or nodules that can be felt in the neck
- Changes to the patient’s voice, including increasing hoarseness
- Difficulty swallowing or breathing
- Pain in the neck and/or throat
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Enlargement of the thyroid gland
Januvia users who experience any of these symptoms should contact their healthcare provider immediately. A doctor will order tests to determine whether the patient has thyroid cancer, and if so, what type and how far along the disease has progressed. Treatment for thyroid cancer may include surgery, radioactive iodine, hormone treatment, radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
Pancreatitis is an inflammatory condition that occurs when pancreatic digestive enzymes become active within the gland and attack the pancreas itself. The disease can be acute - coming on suddenly and lasting for a short period of time - or it can be chronic, developing slowly over months and years. Signs and symptoms of Januvia pancreatitis may include:
- Upper abdominal pain
- Abdominal pain that radiates to your back
- Abdominal pain that feels worse after eating
- Tenderness when touching the abdomen
- Losing weight without trying
- Oily, smelly stools (steatorrhea)
Moderate cases of pancreatitis can improve on their own over time, but more severe cases may require emergency medical treatment. Chronic pancreatitis can be treated with surgery, lifestyle changes, and enzyme supplements to improve digestion.
Click here to learn more about Januvia side effects from the Mayo Clinic.
Do I Need a Januvia Lawyer?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Januvia lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Januvia pancreatic cancer cases in all 50 states.
Free Januvia Lawyer Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after taking Januvia, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Januvia suit and we can help.