Diabetes Medications May Increase Cancer Risks

Diabetes Medications May Increase Cancer Risks

Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 14-Jun-2013


Merck & Co. is presenting a data analysis and safety profile from Januvia clinical trials at this week’s NIDDK-NCI (National Institute Of Diabetes And Digestive And Kidney Diseases) workshop.

The type two diabetes medications under investigation are Januvia, Byetta, and Victoza. These medications are known as “Incretin Mimetics”. Incretins are a group of gastrointestinal hormones that cause an increase in the amount of insulin released from the beta cells of the islets of Langerhans after eating, and before blood glucose levels become elevated. Memetics simply means mimicry. Memetics work by mimicking the incretin hormones that the body usually produces to stimulate the release of insulin in response to a meal.

Januvia, is supporting the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) decision for an independent safety review on several diabetes treatments, including Januvia (Sitagliptin). Merck & Co., also announced they would support the NIDDK-NCI and the NCI (National Cancer Institute) in conducting studies on pancreatitis, diabetes, and pancreatic cancer.

The manufacturers of the type two diabetes drug Byetta (exenatide injection), AstraZeneca and Bristol-Myers Squibb, support the independent review as well. Byetta and Victoza (a type two diabetes drug manufactured by Nova Nordisk) are among the incretin mimetics being considered at the NIDDK-NCI workshop.

The FDA began a probe in March based on a medical journal study that found incretin mimetics, may lead to an increased risk of pancreatitis and precancerous cellular changes known as pancreatic duct metaplasia. “Considered as a group, these data provide a signal for pancreatic cancer substantial enough to warrant further investigation.” said the ISMP (Institute for Safe Medication Practices)

As a consumer and patient, you have the right to trust that your medication is safe. This is not always the case. When a pharmaceutical company acts negligently, its actions can result in serious side effects. Well-versed in the product liability laws that protect consumers, our dangerous drug attorneys have handled countless claims on behalf of victims nationwide. To discuss your claim, contact The Maher Law Firm today.

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