The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that in 2014, there are 29.1 million people in the U.S. with diabetes. By some estimates, the rate of diabetes among Americans has nearly doubled within the past 10 years. With the number of people in the United States with type 2 diabetes growing, more and more drug manufacturing companies are creating drugs to combat the disease.
One prescription drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2006 is Januvia. It is a popular drug for those with type 2 diabetes, but despite its popularity, can cause serious health complications. If harmed because of the drug, speak with our lawyers at Gacovino, Lake & Associates about whether you have grounds to take legal action.
How Januvia Works
Januvia is not intended for those suffering from type 1 diabetes but is for people with type 2 diabetes only. Like many type 2 diabetic drugs, Januvia decreases the sugar produced by the liver by simultaneously increasing the production of insulin in the pancreas. Especially when combined with exercise and dieting, it can be a great resource in combating type 2 diabetes. But the side effects can be serious and may lead to severe and long-term health impairments. If the drug causes severe complications, speak with our attorneys about what legal options you might have.
Dangerous Side Effects of Januvia
Taking Januvia to treat type 2 diabetes is not without risks. According to a Medication Guide published by the FDA, some side effects are listed below.
- low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
- kidney problems, which may require dialysis.
- serious allergic reactions.
- and, pancreas inflammation that can be fatal.
Symptoms of an inflamed pancreas and pancreatic cancer may include abdominal pain, nausea, fever, vomiting and a rapid heartbeat. While the complications listed above are some of the more serious side effects of this drug, other side effects may include upper respiratory infections, headaches, stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, and more.
Filing a Lawsuit if Harmed
Some individuals may have grounds to file a lawsuit against Merck, the manufacturer of Januvia, if they suffer serious side effects like pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. In some cases, lawsuits may be filed by families on behalf of victims whose condition resulted in death.
If you’ve been prescribed Januvia and suffered serious health consequences as a result, our lawyers can help you explore legal options that might be available. Merck may be liable for damages if seriously harmed, though other parties may be liable as well. They might include a healthcare provider who incorrectly prescribed the drug or a pharmacist who made a mistake when filling the prescription.
Pursuing a Defective Drug Claim with our Lawyers
If you are interested in pursuing a defective drug claim, the first thing that you will have to prove is that Januvia caused your health problems and that your health problems would not have occurred but for your use of the drug. In order to prove this claim, utilizing the services of our attorneys is in your best interest.
At Gacovino, Lake, & Associates P.C., our attorneys can help explore and prove the liability of a defective drug’s manufacturer or other party. If you’re a victim of harmful side effects, we can help get the compensation to which you’re entitled. Call us today at 800-550-0000 or use our contact form to set up a consultation so you can get started today.