A new study examining the diabetes drug Januvia is disturbing in that it discusses the risk of serious side effects. Persons taking this drug have suffered serious side effects, including thyroid and pancreatic cancer. The side effects that have been linked to Januvia include pancreatitis, thyroid cancer and pancreatic cancer. These side effects are similar to Byetta, another type II diabetes medication. Lawsuits have been filed in California against the maker of Byetta, alleging patients were not adequately warned about the risks associated with the drug.
There have been lawsuits filed by persons who were diagnosed with either thyroid or pancreatic cancer. So far there have been no lawsuits involving pancreatitis. There have been studies suggesting a correlation between acute pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, in that acute pancreatitis could be a precursor to pancreatic cancer.
In addition to studies suggesting a correlation between acute pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, some studies have suggested a link between the use of Januvia and an increased risk of pancreatitis, thyroid cancer and pancreatic cancer. One study, published on February 25, 2013 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, found that patients hospitalized with pancreatitis were two times more likely to be taking either Januvia or Byetta (made by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.) than diabetic patients who did not have pancreatitis.
Consumer Reports issued an article recently warning patients to talk to their doctor about switching from Januvia to another medication. There have been studies on Januvia, commissioned by the drug manufacturer, that say Januvia is harmless. Independent studies tend to indicate a high risk of injury from Januvia. Thus far the FDA hasn’t issued a warning about a potential link between Januvia and thyroid or pancreatic cancer.
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