Ward Smith PLLC Articles Diabetes Drugs Pose Pancreatitis Risk for Patients

Diabetes Drugs Pose Pancreatitis Risk for Patients

By Ward Smith PLLC  Jun. 4, 2013 11:01a

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported on a study concerning the diabetes drugs Januvia and Byetta in its publication earlier this year. The results of the study revealed that these medications may double the risk for pancreatitis in patients who take them. Pancreatitis is a condition where the pancreas becomes inflamed and it requires immediate medical attention. Symptoms of the condition include upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and more. Pancreatitis can lead to pancreatic cancer.

The study was conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University who used information from medical insurance records. Their findings showed that people who had been hospitalized with pancreatitis were twice as likely to have been taking Januvia or Byetta as compared to diabetics who did not take these drugs. Because of reports of pancreatitis associated with Byetta, the FDA added a warning to its label in 2007. Additional pancreatitis deaths associated with Byetta continued in 2008 which resulted in a stronger label warning by the FDA. In 2009, the FDA also associated pancreatitis as a risk factor for those taking Januvia. Both drugs are provided by the pharmaceutical giant Merck in a partnership with other drug companies.

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