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Manufactured and marketed by Merck & Co., Januvia was first introduced into the U.S. market in October 2006 after it received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While the medication is purportedly designed to help type 2 diabetes patients to better control their blood sugar levels as it stimulates the pancreas to produce more insulin, patients across the country are filing claims against the manufacturer, alleging that the drug caused serious and life-threatening complications.
You may consider working with a Georgia Januvia lawyer if you were diagnosed with pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer or other adverse health conditions while taking Januvia. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your injury, you may be entitled to file for compensation from the manufacturer.
Januvia mimics incretin, the hormone that is responsible for stimulating insulin production in the pancreas. However, due to the medication’s potential for preventing the body from fighting off cancer, a patient may be more prone to adverse health conditions during treatment. Claims in pending lawsuits include allegations of kidney failure, thyroid cancer, pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis and liver cancer, and patients have also reportedly experienced drowsiness and confusion as well as swelling, stomach pain, fever and nausea. A Georgia Januvia lawyer can help you to determine if you are entitled to pursue a claim based on your current health condition.
Clinical trials have suggested that GLP-1 medications such as Januvia may cause abnormalities in the pancreas that can develop into pancreatic cancer, and 88 adverse event reports have been submitted to the FDA from patients whom allegedly were suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer while taking Januvia. Additionally, according to a 2013 study conducted by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, Januvia patients were 25 times more likely to develop pancreatic cancer than those who did not take the medication.
According to the FDA, the agency reported 14,684 claims from patients alleging complications while taking Januvia. 1,942 of these patients required hospitalization, 625 individuals were suffering from pancreatitis and 765 patients had high blood sugar levels. If you were hospitalized due to a complication while taking the drug, a Georgia Januvia lawyer can review your situation and help you to determine if you are entitled to pursue a claim against Merck to seek compensation.
A Georgia Januvia Lawyer Can Help You Today
The Georgia Injury Attorney Group is currently providing free, no-obligation consultations to patients who believe that their health conditions are the direct result of Januvia. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with thyroid cancer, pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer or other complication and you were taking Januvia for type 2 diabetes, contact a Georgia Januvia lawyer to learn more about your legal rights. You may be able to hold Merck accountable for your injuries.