Januvia is prescribed to patients with type 2 diabetes who need a better treatment for controlling blood glucose levels. The medication, originally approved in October 2006 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is manufactured and marketed by Merck & Co. and has allegedly helped thousands of patients better manage their condition. However, many are filing claims against the company, asserting that Januvia caused pancreatitis and other serious health complications.
If you or someone you love has taken Januvia and you were diagnosed with cancer or suffered from adverse side effects, you may be entitled to file your own Tennessee Januvia lawsuit claim against the manufacturer and seek compensation for your injuries.
What is Januvia?
Januvia mimics the role of incretin in the patient’s body, the hormone responsible for stimulating the pancreas to produce more insulin. While many have successfully taken the medication with little to no complications, clinical trials have claimed that Januvia will lower the body’s natural defense system and limit or completely prevent its ability to fight off cancer.
Additionally, plaintiffs allege that the manufacturer did not conduct clinical trials as required by the FDA in a decent period of time. Had Merck agreed to further investigate the relationship between Januvia and health conditions, plaintiffs allege that the company would have known sooner about the dangers of its product and saved countless patients from suffering from unnecessary complications. If you feel you have a valid claim, consider filing a Tennessee Januvia lawsuit to seek compensation.
Patients Report Adverse Side Effects
Plaintiffs who are filing lawsuits against Merck allege side effects ranging from mild to severe. Some of the more common side effects include:
- Muscle, back, stomach or joint pain
- Diarrhea, nausea, constipation
- Sore throat
- Stuffy or runny nose
You may be entitled to file your own Tennessee Januvia lawsuit claim if you have experienced from adverse and life-threatening complications while taking the medication. Many plaintiffs currently filing lawsuits allege that Januvia caused pancreatitis which ultimately led to pancreatic cancer. Other serious conditions include thyroid cancer and kidney failure as well as:
- Difficulty urinating
- Increased heart rate
- Allergic reactions
- Nausea, vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Shortness of breath
In March 2013, the FDA announced that, after it reviewed data from an unpublished study, it would be conducting its own investigation to determine the potential link between incretin mimetics and pancreatitis. Results from the study indicated that patients taking these medications may be at a higher risk of suffering from pre-cancerous cell changes in the pancreas, or pancreatic duct metaplasia.
Plaintiffs Filing Januvia Lawsuits to Seek Compensation
Court documents have indicated that pending cases pertaining to incretin mimetics including Januvia, Janumet, Victoza and Byetta have recently been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California on October 17, 2013.
Over 60 claims have been filed since the establishment of the MDL, according to court documents, and attorneys anticipate that more plaintiffs will come forward in an attempt to seek compensation. Allegations in many of these pending cases include claims that the manufacturers neglected to warn the public and medical communities about the possible adverse side effects and complications of the medications before releasing them for use.
We Can Help You File Your Tennessee Januvia Lawsuit
If you or someone you love received a cancer diagnosis while taking Januvia and you feel that your condition is directly related to the medication, you may have a valid Tennessee Januvia lawsuit claim. At Attorney Group for Tennessee, we will provide you with a free case evaluation and answer any questions or concerns you may have about pending cases or filing your own claim. We will connect you with an experienced attorney who will handle your Tennessee Januvia lawsuit and help you to seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.