Type II diabetes, also known as adult-onset diabetes, is the most common type of diabetes in the United States. About 25 million Americans have diabetes. Most diabetes patients use a combination of drugs to maintain stable blood sugar and insulin levels. Unfortunately, sometimes the drugs they take to control their diabetes can be as harmful as the disease itself.
Recently, studies have shown that patients who take the drugs Januvia and Byetta for Type II diabetes have an increased risk of developing pancreatitis, irritation of the pancreas that can lead to pancreatic cancer. Upper abdominal pain that radiates to your back and gets worse after you eat can be a sign of pancreatitis.
These drugs have not been removed from the marketplace. They generate significant revenues for their manufacturers — $310 million in the case of Byetta and $4 billion from sales of Januvia. The Food and Drug Administration recommends that patients talk to their health care professionals about whether they should continue taking Januvia and Byetta.
If you or one of your family members takes Januvia or Byetta to control Type 2 diabetes, contact us today for a free consultation. You may have a legal claim for compensation for damage caused by these two drugs.