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Januvia Lawsuits Move Forward, as Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes Order Transferring Federal Claims Over Januvia and Pancreatic Cancer to California Federal Court
Date:8/27/2013

es all lawsuits involving common questions of fact in one jurisdiction for coordinated pretrial proceedings. The aim of a multidistrict litigation is to avoid duplicative discovery and inconsistent rulings across similar lawsuits, and to conserve the resources of the court, parties and witnesses.

In recent years, incretin mimetics like Januvia have been the subject of growing concerns surrounding their potential to harm the pancreas. In 2009, a caution regarding a link between Januvia and pancreatitis – a risk factor for pancreatic cancer - was added to the drug’s label after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) became aware of 88 instances where Januvia patients had developed acute pancreatitis.* In 2011, a study published in Gastroenterology found that use of Januvia appeared to increase the risk of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, while two cases of thyroid cancer were also reported in the patients who took Januvia.**

In March of this year, the FDA announced that it was investigating incretin mimetics after results from an unpublished study indicated these medications might cause pre-cancerous changes in the pancreas. While the agency has not yet been able to confirm a conclusive link between the use of such drugs and pancreatic cancer, it has said its “review is ongoing as pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer data are being collected.”*** Most recently, a report published June 10th in the British Medical Journal revealed previously unpublished data that indicated the manufacturers of incretin mimetics may have downplayed the drugs’ potential to harm the pancreas.****

Patients who have developed pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer or pancreatitis that may be related to the use of Januvia could be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.

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