New York, New York (PRWEB) July 14, 2013
Januvia pancreatic cancer lawsuit claims, as well as complaints alleging the drug caused patients to develop pancreatitis and thyroid cancer, continue to mount in courts throughout the U.S. According to court records, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) is currently considering a proposal to consolidate all federal Januvia lawsuits, as well as claims involving similar diabetes drugs in the same incretin mimetics class, in a single federal court for pretrial proceedings. On April 29th, 2013, Merck & Co., the maker of Januvia, voiced support for the establishment of a multidistrict litigation for all federal claims involving the drug. However, the company is seeking to have the litigation limited to allegations that use of incretin mimetics, including Januvia, caused pancreatic cancer. (In Re: Incretins Products Liability, Sales and Marketing Litigation, MDL 2452, JPML)
“We agree that the establishment of a consolidated litigation would allow claims involving incretin mimetics, including Januvia lawsuits, to proceed efficiently, ” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently offering free Januvia lawsuit consultations to victims of pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis and thyroid cancer that may be associated with the drug.
Januvia and Pancreatic Cancer
Januvia, which mimics the action of hormones in the intestinal tract that stimulate the pancreas to produce insulin, was brought to market in 2006. In 2009, a caution regarding a potential link between Januvia and pancreatitis was added to the drug’s label after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) became aware of 88 post-marketing cases of acute pancreatitis in patients taking the drug.* Januvia also appeared to increase the risk of pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis in a study published in 2011 in Gastroenterology. Two cases of thyroid cancer were also reported in the patients who took Januvia. **
In March 2013, the FDA said it had begun investigating incretin mimetics, including Januvia, after results from an unpublished study indicated these medications might cause pre-cancerous changes in the pancreas. Most recently, a report published June 10th in the British Medical Journal revealed previously unpublished data that indicated the manufacturers of incretin mimetics may have downplayed the drugs’ potential to harm the pancreas.***
Court records indicate that more than 50 product liability claims involving incretin mimetics, including Januvia pancreatic cancer lawsuits, have been filed in federal courts around the country. The JPML will hear Oral Arguments on the possible consolidation of those claims on July 25th.
Patients who have developed pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer or pancreatitis allegedly due to Januvia 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.
*fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm183800.htmSeptember 25, 2009
**gastrojournal.org/article/S0016-5085%2811%2900172-7/abstract, Gastroenterology, February 21, 2011
***bmj.com/open-data/incretin#alternate; BMJ, June 10, 2013
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