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Sitagliptin, known as Januvia, first received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October 2006. The medication was intended for type 2 diabetes patients as a way for them to better manage their blood sugar levels. However, plaintiffs are filing lawsuits against the manufacturer, Merck & Co., alleging that the medication caused serious and harmful side effects such as pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer and pancreatitis as Januvia allegedly left their bodies more prone to cancerous cells. This is why injured patients are contacting Mississippi Januvia lawsuit attorneys.
Although most prescription medications come with mild to severe side effects, Januvia has been linked to several complications that could be fatal if left untreated. For instance, patients have reportedly suffered from nausea, confusion, dizziness and other less severe effects, yet plaintiffs across the U.S. are claiming that the drug caused pancreatitis, or the inflammation of the pancreas, that could ultimately develop into pancreatic cancer.
Unfortunately, the symptoms of pancreatic cancer are not always readily apparent, and many patients do not know they have the condition until it is too late. The prognosis of pancreatic cancer is not good as it is one of the deadliest cancers in existence. Contact a Mississippi Januvia lawyer if you have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after taking Januvia to learn more about your legal rights.
Over 14,000 adverse event reports were submitted to the FDA as of 2012, according to court documents, from those who were taking Januvia for their type 2 diabetes. The FDA questioned the safety of the medication after noting that 625 patients were suffering from pancreatitis, 765 were experiencing high blood sugar levels and over 1,940 patients had been hospitalized due to complications. If you have been adversely affected by Januvia, a Mississippi Januvia lawyer can help you to seek compensation for your condition.
Januvia patients were 25 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, according to a study released in 2013 by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. After receiving this information, the FDA acknowledged that an investigation would be launched into Januvia and other incretin mimetics designed for type 2 diabetes patients. Other drugs such as Byetta, Victoza and Janumet have also been linked to similar, life-threatening complications, and the FDA has expressed concern over the safety and effectiveness of this glass of medications as a whole.
Contact a Mississippi Januvia Lawyer if You Would Like to Pursue a Claim
Attorney Group for Mississippi and their affiliated lawyers can handle your claim if you feel that you were injured while taking Januvia. Contact Attorney Group for Mississippi today to learn more about your legal rights and to receive a no-obligation consultation at no cost to you. We will help answer your questions and help you to determine if you are able to seek compensation for the damages you have suffered. You may be entitled to file for pain and suffering, medical expense and lost wages. Contact us today for your free consultation.