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Those living with type 2 diabetes may wonder about their options. Do medications exist to help their condition? Are blood glucose levels better managed by taking certain drugs? Incretin mimetics, a class of medications designed to just that, help to stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin, allowing persons with type 2 diabetes to get a better grip on their condition. However, as a whole, this group of drugs has recently been linked to adverse health complications, and the FDA is cautioning type 2 diabetes patients about choosing this particular form of treatment.
Januvia, in particular, is one such medication that has been linked to pancreatic abnormalities. If not quickly caught, this inflammation of the pancreas could lead to pancreatic cancer – one of the leading causes of death due to cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. If you have been diagnosed with pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer, a Tennessee Januvia lawyer can help you to pursue a claim and recover damages for your condition.
Almost no medication is without side effects. Some of the less serious side effects that patients have reportedly experienced while taking Januvia include fever, confusion, swelling, dizziness, nausea and stomach pain. However, you may consider working with Tennessee Januvia lawsuit attorneys if you or a loved one were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, thyroid cancer or pancreatitis while taking Januvia.
Although Januvia, manufactured and marketed by Merck & Co., was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October 2006, the agency has reportedly received over 14,600 adverse event reports as of 2012 from patients claiming that the drug caused adverse complications. Specifically, over 1,900 of these claims came from patients needing hospitalization, 625 came from those who had been diagnosed with pancreatitis and 765 included individuals with high blood glucose levels – the very issue that Januvia was intended to treat.
A 2013 study released by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices also reported that those taking Januvia for type 2 diabetes were almost 25 times more likely to develop pancreatic cancer than those who opted for alternative medications or forms of treatment. After learning of these results, the FDA announced that it would need to conduct its own investigation to evaluate the potential relationship between Januvia and other incretin mimetics and severe health complications.
Contact a Tennessee Januvia Lawyer to File Your Claim Today
If you feel that you have a case after suffering from adverse side effects while taking Januvia, a Tennessee Januvia lawyer affiliated with Attorney Group for Tennessee can inform you of your rights and help you to determine if you are eligible to recover damages. We will provide you with a consultation at no cost to you, and a Tennessee Januvia lawyer will help you to seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.