Janumet is a combination of the active ingredient in Januvia, metflorim, and sitagliptin and is prescribed to those living with type 2 diabetes. While many patients have taken Janumet and reported little or no side effects or complications, others may consider filing a claim with assistance from a Kentucky Janumet lawsuit attorney if they experienced severe or life-threatening complications.
If you or someone you love have been taking Janumet and you have been diagnosed with pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer, consult with a Kentucky Janumet lawsuit attorney to learn more about your legal rights.
Overview of Janumet
The medication was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2007 and was manufactured by Merck & Co. Janumet is a combination of two well-known drugs prescribed to patients to help better manage their type 2 diabetes and brought in $1.7 billion in 2012, according to court documents.
However, although many have taken Janumet and maintained that the drug did, in fact, help them to manage their blood glucose levels while living with type 2 diabetes, others are filing claims against the manufacturer, alleging that Merck hid knowledge about the potential relationship between Janumet and pancreatitis. Additionally, plaintiffs allege that Merck did not adequately warn the public or healthcare providers of the potentially life-threatening side effects and ignored clinical data that suggested these links in an effort to boost sales of its product.
Is Janumet Safe for Patients?
The most common side effects from those taking Janumet include:
- Abdominal pain
- Upper respiratory infection
- Upset stomach, diarrhea
- Nausea, vomiting
- Sore throat
- Loss of appetite
- Runny or stuffy nose
However, you may be entitled to pursue a claim and seek compensation for your injuries with the help of a Kentucky Janumet lawsuit attorney if you have experienced more serious and life-threatening side effects including:
- Persistent sore throat
- Chills, fever
- Blistered, swollen, peeling or red skin
- Allergic reactions
- Acute pancreatitis
The most serious of these side effects, pancreatitis, occurs when the pancreas swells or becomes inflamed. It is the side effect most commonly alleged by plaintiffs filing lawsuits, according to court documents. Unfortunately, symptoms of pancreatitis are not always easily discernible, and many injured patients did not realize they had a serious condition until they were later diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Are There Currently Janumet Lawsuits in Progress?
While plaintiffs have named Janumet has a potential cause for their adverse health conditions, Januvia, the parent drug of Janumet, has also been named in many lawsuits across the country. According to court documents, lawsuits alleging Januvia caused cancer have recently been consolidated. The cases will appear before the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California in a multidistrict litigation (MDL).
Since the creation of the MDL, 60 additional cases have been filed by plaintiffs alleging Janumet, Januvia and other incretin mimetics such as Victoza and Byetta caused cancer and other serious and potentially fatal side effects.
Injured? Consult with a Kentucky Janumet Lawsuit Attorney for More Information
If you or someone you know have been diagnosed with pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer or other serious condition while taking Janumet, you may be entitled to pursue a claim with help from a Kentucky Janumet lawsuit attorney. At Attorney Group for Kentucky, we will provide you with a free consultation and answer your questions or concerns to the best of our ability. We will connect you with an experienced Kentucky Janumet lawsuit attorney who will handle your claim and work to help you seek compensation to which you may be entitled.