"The findings of this investigation would appear to lend weight to claims made by plaintiffs who have filed Januvia lawsuits.
New York, New York (PRWEB) June 21, 2013
As Januvia pancreatic cancer lawsuit claims continue to move forward in U.S. courts, Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that a new investigation by the British Medical Journal is raising serious questions about the safety of type 2 diabetes drugs like Januvia. According to the June 10th report, previously unpublished data indicate that incretin mimetics, the class of medications that includes Januvia, may have harmful effects on the pancreas which were downplayed by their manufacturers. The report also asserts that investigators were denied access to raw data that might have resolved doubts about the safety of Januvia and other incretin mimetics.*
"The findings of this investigation would appear to lend weight to claims made by plaintiffs who have filed Januvia lawsuits,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently offering free legal evaluations to alleged victims of Januvia pancreatic cancer, Januvia pancreatitis or Januvia thyroid cancer.
Court documents indicate that Merck & Co. has been named in a number of Januvia lawsuits that allege the drug caused users to develop pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis or thyroid cancer. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) is scheduled to hear Oral Arguments on July 25, 2013, regarding the proposed establishment of a multidistrict litigation for all federally-filed lawsuits involving Januvia and other incretin mimetics. (In Re: Incretins Products Liability, Sales and Marketing Litigation, MDL 2452, JPML)
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced in March that it was investigating incretin mimetics after results from an unpublished study indicated these medications might cause pre-cancerous changes in the pancreas.** Earlier this month, the American Diabetes Association called for an independent review of all incretin mimetics to provide clarity to patients and health care providers in light of the recent controversy.***
The British Medical Journal investigation is not the first time concerns have arisen regarding the possible pancreatic side effects associated with Januvia and similar drugs. In 2009, a caution regarding a potential Januvia pancreatitis risk was added to the drug’s label after the FDA became aware of 88 post-marketing cases of acute pancreatitis in patients taking the drug.**** In 2011, a study published in Gastroenterology found that use of Januvia appeared to increase the risk of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. Two cases of thyroid cancer were also reported in the patients who took Januvia.****
Alleged victims of Januvia pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer or pancreatitis may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. To learn more about filing a Januvia lawsuit, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. For more information, please call 800-511-5092.
*bmj.com/open-data/incretin#alternate; BMJ, June 10, 2013
***diabetes.org/for-media/2013/american-diabetes-association-incretin-therapy.html, ADA, June 10, 2013
****fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm183800.htm; September 25, 2009
*****gastrojournal.org/article/S0016-5085%2811%2900172-7/abstract, Gastroenterology, February 21, 2011
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