The Januvia Lawsuit
The pancreas, which is located behind the stomach in the abdomen, produces enzymes and hormones that break down food; the pancreas also produces insulin. Numerous lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer type 2 diabetes medication Januvia in connection to pancreatic complications. Januvia (Sitagliptin Phosphate) is also available as a combination pill called Janumet, which contains metformin.
Januvia lawsuits and a FDA health warning both focus on the risk for life-threatening side effects, including pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis; in some cases, the pancreatitis has been so severe that it caused bleeding in the abdomen and organ failure. Januvia’s manufacturer, Merck, is defending itself against these lawsuits while some critics of the medications have asked that a recall be initiated. The FDA is requiring updates on the medication’s warning labels and is still accepting reports of dangerous side effects from those who have suffered them.
Symptoms of Pancreatitis
Pancreatitis can have serious health consequences if ignored. Symptoms include:
- Persistent fever
- Abdominal tenderness
- Abdominal pain after eating
- Abdominal pain that radiate toward the back
- Blood in stool
Acute pancreatitis is a life threatening condition. Those who experience symptoms should consult with a physician immediately.
Januvia and Janumet Lawsuits
Since Januvia was first put on pharmacy shelves in 2006, the reports of acute pancreatitis have gone up. Between 2006 and 2009, for instance, the FDA reported that it received reports of 88 cases of acute pancreatitis, including several cases in which patients were place under intensive care. Our legal team offers free consultations to those who suffered injury or illness from these drugs.
If you or someone you love suffered pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, or other side effects associated with type 2 diabetes drug Januvia or Janumet, you may be eligible to file a Januvia lawsuit. Contact us today for a no obligation case review.