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    inner-content-img4Clifford A. Rieders
    Partner, since 1975
    Areas: Litigation; Medical Malpractice; Personal Injury; Products Liability; Professional Liability; Torts; Aviation & Aerospace; Civil Practice; Federal Practice and Appeals; Constitutional and Civil Rights; Class Actions; Dram Shop Liability; Railroad Law

    1960964_1C. Scott Waters
    Areas: Medical Malpractice; Personal Injury; Wrongful Death; Motor Vehicle Accidents; Civil Litigation; Products Liability; Trial Practice; Worker’s Compensation.

    The drug Januvia (sitagliptin) and Janumet (sitigliptin in combination with metformin) manufactured by Merck is an injectable drug that has been prescribed to millions of Americans with Type 2 diabetes to lower blood glucose levels. Recent studies have linked Januvia and Janumet, along with other drugs in the same class of medications, Byetta and Victoza, to pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. Acute pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer are very serious conditions that can cause death. A new study by researchers at UCLA linked Januvia and Janumet, along with other drugs in this incretin mimetic class of drugs to pancreatic damage that can lead to cancer, and the FDA continues to study this information. When you need a lawyer for Januvia side effects, schedule a consultation with an attorney at our Williamsport, Pennsylvania, law office.

    Cases are already filed against Amylin, Merck & Company and Novo Nordisk in Federal Court

    A multi-district case has been organized in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California for purposes of discovery. These cases were filed against Januvia makers Merck & Company, Byetta’s manufacturer, Amylin, Bristol Myers Squibb, as well as Eli Lilly, a prior pharmaceutical partner with Amylin, and Novo Nordisk, the manufacturer of Victoza. The lawsuits were recently consolidated into a multi-district litigation by the federal judicial panel, and discovery is progressing.

    Januvia and Janumet were designed to help diabetics regulate blood sugar

    Januvia (sitagliptin) and Janumet (sitigliptin in combination with metformin) are DPP-1 inhibitors that impact the GLP-1 metabolic pathway to help diabetics regulate their blood sugar and A1C. Scientific studies show that Januvia, Janumet and other incretin mimentic drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes can cause both hemorrhagic and necrotizing pancreatitis. According to a 2011 study in the Journal Gastroenterology, based on a clinical study done at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) people taking Byetta, Januvia, Janumet and Victoza and for type 2 diabetes are significantly more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, while people taking Januvia are also significantly more likely to develop thyroid cancer.

    JAMA finds people taking Incretin Mimetic Drugs are likely to be hospitalized for pancreatitis

    In addition, new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed that patients taking incretin mimetic drugs such as Januvia and Janumet are significantly more likely to develop pancreatic ailments and be hospitalized for acute pancreatitis, often a precursor to pancreatic cancer

    Although this information on development of pancreatic cancer has been available since 2011, Amylin, Merck, Bristol Myers Squibb and Novo Nordisk have been reluctant to warn the public about the increased risk for developing these devastating conditions after taking Byetta, Januvia, Janumet and Victoza. Despite these risks, the FDA recently declined to update the existing warnings on the drugs in their prescribing information.

    Free Januvia/Janumet case evaluation

    If you suspect Januvia or Janumet use for more than six months caused pancreatic cancer in you or a loved one, you need legal help so you can seek justice. If you or a loved one has taken Januvia or Janumet, contact us today to learn about your legal rights and the potential compensation available. Call Cliff Rieders, Esquire, of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann, 570-323-8711, to see whether you or a loved one may be entitled to compensation from the harm caused by the drug company.

    Attorney Cliff Rieders

    Attorney Cliff RiedersCliff Rieders is a Nationally Board Certified Trial Lawyer practicing personal injury law. A large part of his practice involves multi-district litigation, including cases related to pharmaceuticals, vitamin supplements and medical devices. He is admitted in several state and federal courts, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. Rieders is the past regional president of the Federal Bar Association and is a life member of the distinguished American Law Institute, which promulgates proposed rules adopted by many state courts. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. As a founder of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, he served on the Board for 15 years.

    Not only has Rieders held many highly esteemed, leadership positions, he authored legislation related to the Patient Safety Authority and the Mcare Act, which governs medical and hospital liability actions in Pennsylvania. He authored texts upon which both practitioners and judges rely, including Pennsylvania Malpractice Laws and Forms, and Financial Responsibility Law Issues in Pennsylvania, the latter governing auto and truck collisions in Pennsylvania. In addition, he wrote several books on the practice of law in Pennsylvania regarding wrongful death and survivor actions, insurance bad faith, legal malpractice claims and worker rights, among others. Rieders also serves as a resource to practitioners as a regular speaker for Celesq, an arm of the world’s largest legal publisher, Thomson Reuters West Publishing.

    As recognition of his wide range of contribution to his profession and of his dedication to protecting the rights of his clients, he received numerous awards, among them the George F. Douglas Amicus Curiae Award, the Milton D. Rosenberg Award, the B’nai B’rith Justice Award, and awards of recognition from the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers. [ Attorney Bio ]

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