Janumet Pancreatic Cancer
Are you a victim of Janumet pancreatic cancer? If you or a family member received a cancer diagnosis after taking the type 2 diabetes drug, Janumet, investigate your potential claim against the drugmaker by speaking with an experienced pharmaceutical lawyer now.
What is Janumet?
Janumet is the first prescription combination medication containing the active drugs sitagliptin and metformin. Both sitagliptin, a DPP-4 inhibitor first sold under the brand name Januvia, and metformin, a glucose lowering agent in a class of drugs called biguanides, are among several drugs on the market used to help control blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics.
Manufactured by Merck, Janumet received approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2007 as an adjunct to diet and exercise for adult type 2 diabetics. The FDA approved the new drug based on clinical data for each of the two separate active drugs, sitagliptin and metformin. Janumet is taken twice daily with meals.
FDA Investigates Janumet Pancreatic Cancer Risk
As a sitagliptin, Janumet may increase a patient’s risk for developing cancer. Studies have shown an increased risk for various types of cancer, including pancreatic cancer, in diabetics taking sitagliptin. Read about sitagliptin and cancer here.
In March 2013 the FDA announced an investigation into a possible increased risk for pancreatic cancer in type 2 diabetics using incretin mimetic drugs. Janumet and other sitagliptin brands ( Januvia, Janumet XR and Juvisync ) are within this class of drugs.
In its investigation, the FDA is reviewing new findings by a group of academic researchers suggesting type 2 diabetics treated with incretin mimetics are at an increased risk of pancreatitis and pre-cancerous cellular changes called pancreatic duct metaplasia. The FDA warned about a risk of acute pancreatitis associated with sitagliptin in 2009.
Risk factors for pancreatitis can also be risk factors for pancreatic cancer. Type 2 diabetics may already be at risk for developing pancreatic cancer. Now many of them take a drug that inhibits DPP-4, one of the body’s natural cancer suppressing mechanisms, and potentially increases the risk of pancreatic cancer – unaware of the increased risk.
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