Januvia Diabetes Drug Lawsuit
Patients that were diagnosed after diabetes treatment with a class of medications, known as incretin mimetics, may be eligible to file a claim for compensation. Anyone that would like to know if they may have grounds for a Januvia lawsuit is urged to contact us immediately using the form on this page or by calling 855-776-5299.
The medications in this class, manufactured by several different pharmaceutical companies, include Januvia, Byetta, and Victoza.
What is Januvia?
Januvia (sitagliptin) mimics incretin hormones that the body produces naturally to stimulate the release of insulin in response to a meal. Januvia is used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar levels in patients with Type 2 Diabetes. Januvia is in pill form and taken once a day. Approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in October 2006, Januvia is marketed by Merck and was the company’s top selling drug in 2012.
Byetta (exenatide) stimulates the pancreas to secrete insulin when blood sugar levels are high. It comes in prefilled dosing pens that are injected twice a day within sixty minutes before eating a meal. Byetta was approved by the FDA in April 2005, and manufactured by Amylin Pharmaceuticals.
Victoza (liraglutide)is a once a day medication that is administered via injection and is intended to help lower blood sugar levels along with diet, exercise and other selected diabetes medications. Victoza was approved by the FDA in January 2010 and is manufactured by Novo Nordisk.
Januvia and Type 2 Diabetes
Incretin mimetics such as Januvia work by mimicking a natural hormone which controls the insulin release from the pancreas. This insulin is needed to keep blood sugar at a safe level. These diabetes medicines are normally prescribed for those patients with type 2 diabetes that stay active and eat a healthy diet.
According to the American Diabetes Association the most common form of diabetes is type 2 diabetes and occurs when the body either does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin created. The sugar and starches in the food we eat are turned into glucose which fuels the cells. Insulin is needed to transport glucose from the blood to the cells. Without insulin, the sugar remains in the blood and can lead to serious health issues.
Symptoms can take time to develop and include:
- Extreme thirst
- Frequent urination
- Unusual tiredness
- Increased hunger
- Blurry eyesight
- Unexplained weight loss
- Sores that heal slowly
There is an increased risk of type 2 diabetes among those that are older, obese, do not exercise, or have a family history of diabetes. If you have any of the risk factors or symptoms, a simple blood test by your health care provider can determine whether you may be diabetic or pre-diabetic.
Side Effects of Januvia
Januvia, Byetta, and Victoza, like most medications carry a risk of side effects. Some of the more common are:
- Jittery feeling
- Acid stomach
- Weight loss
However, these drugs also may be responsible for an increased risk of serious side effects such as pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer and thyroid cancer.
The FDA is currently reviewing research suggesting that taking incretin mimetics such as Januvia can carry and increased risk of developing precancerous cells. Certain studies have shown the possibility of two to six times the risk of pancreatic cancer or pancreatitis among patients taking Januvia.
Filing a Januvia Lawsuit
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer while taking Januvia, Byetta, or Victoza, you should be compensated by the manufacturer of these medications for the harm you suffered. These diseases are serious and potentially deadly. You will most likely incur unexpected medical expenses, loss of income, and nursing care. If you had a loved one that died after taking these drugs, you may still be able to file a claim on their behalf.
If you have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer while taking any of these drugs or within six months of taking either of the medications, please contact our law firm today so that we can help you or your loved ones get the compensation you deserve.
Please fill out the convenient form on this page or call us toll-free at 855-776-5299. We are filing claims now so time is of the essence. The call and the consultation are free.