Juvisync Lawsuits are currently being investigated on behalf of individuals who developed pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer after taking Juvisync (generic: simvastatin and sitagliptin), a new type 2 diabetes drug. In addition to these side effects, Juvisync has also recently been linked to life-threatening kidney complications, acute necrotizing pancreatitis, and acute renal failure. Juvisync was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in October 2011, and belongs to a controversial class of diabetes medications that includes Byetta, Januvia, and Janumet.
Juvisync Pancreatitis Update 6/12/13: An article published this week in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has called into question why the risk of pancreatitis posed by incretin mimetic diabetes drugs like Juvisync has been underplayed in the media. A number of recent independently-conducted studies have determined that patients being treated with incretin mimetics are twice as likely to be hospitalized for acute pancreatitis compared to individuals who take other types of diabetes drugs. Click here to learn more.
Free Juvisync Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after taking Juvisync, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Juvisync and we can help.
What’s the Problem?
Manufactured and marketed by pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., Juvisync is the first drug to hit the U.S. market for the combination treatment of diabetes and cholesterol. Juvisync combines the type 2 diabetes pill Januvia (sitagliptin) with Zocor (simvastatin), a widely-prescribed statin cholesterol medication. Merck advertises Juvisync as a convenient, money-saving way for diabetic patients to avoid taking multiple pills. However, despite only being on the market for less than two years, Juvisync has already been linked to a number of serious, potentially life-threatening side effects.
Juvisync Side Effects
Serious side effects associated with Juvisync have been reported to include:
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Acute Pancreatitis
- Hemorrhagic Pancreatitis
- Necrotizing Pancreatitis
- Kidney Complications
- Renal Failure
Other, less severe Juvisync side effects may include:
- Allergic reactions including hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
- unexplained muscle pain or weakness
- memory problems
- unusual tiredness
- dark colored urine
- weight gain
- urinating less than usual or not at all
- severe pain in the upper stomach spreading to your back
- loss of appetite
- fast heart rate
- increased thirst
- increased urination
- dry mouth
- fruity breath odor
- dry skin
- blurred vision
- weight loss
- dark urine
- clay-colored stools
- jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
- severe skin reactions
- sore throat
- swelling in the face or tongue
- burning in they eyes
- skin pain
Click here to learn more about Juvisync side effects from WebMD.
Juvisync and Pancreatitis
There have been postmarketing reports of acute pancreatitis – including fatal and non-fatal hemorrhagic pancreatitis – in patients taking sitagliptin. Pancreatitis is a serious side effect characterized by the swelling of the pancreas, which can lead to internal bleeding and tissue death. While the condition is most commonly associated with gallstones and/or alcoholism, it can also result from inherited traits and the use of diabetes medications like Juvisync. Signs and symptoms of Juvisync 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)
Click here for more information about pancreatitis from the University of Southern California Center for Pancreatic and Biliary Diseases.
If left untreated, pancreatitis can lead to full-blown pancreatic cancer, another serious side effect that has been linked to the sitagliptin in Juvisync. Pancreatic cancer currently ranks as the fourth leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the United States. The disease occurs when abnormal cell growth occurs in the pancreas. Rather than maturing into normal pancreas tissue, the abnormal cells continue replicating and form harmful growths (tumors) that can harm the pancreas’ ability to function. Signs and symptoms of Juvisync pancreatic cancer may include:
- clay-colored stools
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
- pain or discomfort in the upper part of the belly or abdomen
- back pain
- blood clots
Click here to learn more about pancreatic cancer from Diabetes Daily.
Another disease that has recently been linked to diabetes drugs in the same class as Juvisync is thyroid cancer, a potentially deadly condition that originates in the thyroid gland. Thyroid cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the gland mutate, multiply, and form tumors. In its early stages, the disease may not cause any noticeable symptoms. But as Juvisync thyroid cancer grows, symptoms may include:
- a lump in the front of the neck near the Adam’s apple
- hoarseness / difficulty speaking
- swollen lymph nodes
- problems with swallowing / breathing
- throat or neck pain
Click here to learn more about thyroid cancer from Fox News.
Do I Have a Juvisync Lawsuit?
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 Juvisync lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Juvisync pancreatic cancer cases in all 50 states.
Free Juvisync Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after taking Juvisync, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Juvisync suit and we can help.