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Law Firm Representing Diabetes Patients Injured By Dangerous Drugs Throughout the U.S.

Modern medicine provides patients with a wide variety of benefits, including a multitude of medications that are available to treat conditions and help people maintain a good quality of life. However, drugs often enter the market that are later found to be dangerous or to have serious side effects, and people can suffer serious harm when using these medications. Januvia is one such drug that has affected a large number of people.

At Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC, our attorneys have represented clients who have been injured by Januvia and other dangerous drugs, and we are dedicated to achieving justice for those who have been injured because of the negligence of drug companies. We have the knowledge and resources needed to demonstrate liability for these injuries, helping our clients receive the compensation that fully addresses the damages they have suffered.

Januvia and Other Dangerous Diabetes Drugs

Millions of Americans suffer from type 2 diabetes, a condition characterized by low insulin production and elevated levels of blood sugar. Januvia is a prescription medication which has been used by many of these patients to regulate their insulin and blood sugar levels. Unfortunately, Januvia has been associated with an increased risk of pancreatitis, and other similar medications in the class of drugs known as incretin mimetics have also been shown to increase this risk, including Janumet, Byetta, Victoza, and Bydureon.

Pancreatitis involves inflammation of the pancreas, and it can lead to infections, kidney failure, respiratory issues, and pancreatic cancer. Patients who have used Januvia may also develop a pre-cancerous condition called pancreatic duct metaplasia. Studies have shown that there were six times as many reported cases of pancreatitis for patients who used Januvia or Byetta, as well as a 2.9 times higher rate of pancreatic cancer for patients who used Byetta and a 2.7 times higher rate of pancreatic cancer among users of Januvia.

Pancreatic cancer is especially dangerous and deadly, and people often do not experience symptoms until the advanced stages of the disease. According to the American Cancer Society, the one-year relative survival rate for all stages of pancreatic cancer is 20%, and the five-year survival rate is 7%.

Since type 2 diabetes is a life-long condition, people who suffer from this disease typically use drug treatments for many years or even decades. Even if these drugs only present a small risk of conditions like pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer, long-term use increases these risks and makes it more likely that a patient will suffer harm. In addition, the effects of these drugs on the pancreas are often not immediately evident, and pancreatic cancer may not be detected until it is too late to save a patient's life.

Contact a Chicago Pharmaceutical Litigation Attorney

Manufacturers of pharmaceutical drugs are tasked with protecting the health of people who receive medical treatments, and when they fail to take the steps to prevent dangerous drugs from reaching the market, many patients and their families may suffer as a result. If you have contracted pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer after using Januvia or another similar drug to treat type 2 diabetes, you should speak to a skilled personal injury lawyer. At TKK, we can help you understand your options for pursuing compensation for damages caused by a negligent drug company. Contact our Chicago law office at 312-605-8800 to schedule a free consultation.

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