FDA: Merck’s Januvia may have pancreatitis risk

The Food and Drug Administration  said on Friday that there may be a connection between Merck & Co.’s diabetes treatment Januvia and occurrences of acute pancreatitis, the same issue that sunk sales of Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s Byetta. Still, the agency reaffirms it is unclear whether the connection is between the treatment and pancreatitis or whether diabetes patients in general are at an increased risk. The FDA said there were 88 cases of acute pancreatitis reported in Januvia patients between October of 2006 and February of 2009. The agency is working with Merck to include new warning information on the drug’s label.

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2 Responses to “FDA: Merck’s Januvia may have pancreatitis risk”

  1. 1 tamara February 16, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    my husband took januvia and in April of 2010 he had panceratitis and has been out of work and had surgeries and in hospital almost every month some times 3months at a time caused by januvia

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