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Diabetes drug Janumet safety label updated

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated the safety label for the type 2 diabetes drug Janumet XR to inform users that incompletely dissolved tablets may be eliminated in the feces. If this occurs often, patients should tell their doctors to evaluate how whether the drug is properly controlling blood sugar levels. Janumet contains a combination of the widely used metformin and sitagliptin, a medication available as a single ingredient in the brand name drug Januvia. Both Janumet and Januvia are known as dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors and are in a relatively new class of medications known as incretin ... Read More

Type 2 diabetes drug does not reduce risk of heart attack, stroke, death

Diabetes drug Onglyza (saxagliptin) does not reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes or death from cardiovascular causes compared to a placebo, drug makers Bristol Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca said. The companies had conducted clinical trials to determine if the Type 2 diabetes treatment could help reduce the risk of non-fatal heart attacks and ischemic strokes and death from cardiovascular problems as well as lower blood glucose levels. Onglyza did not perform better than a placebo; however, it was not inferior to the placebo either. The clinical trials involved 16,500 people with diabetes as well as a history of heart ... Read More

Class of type 2 diabetes drugs linked to acute pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer

Concerns over the safety of a class of type 2 diabetes drugs known as incretin mimetics – glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonists and dipeptidylpeptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors – took a sharp turn recently after an investigative report by British media revealed that it uncovered unpublished data that links the drugs to “unwanted proliferative or inflammatory pancreatic effects,” and that drug regulators in the United States and Europe have not responded quickly enough to studies that suggest these drugs are not as safe as manufacturers claim. Incretin mimetic drugs include exenatide (Byetta, Bydureon), liraglutide (Victoza), sitagliptin (Januvia, Janumet, Janumet XR, Juvisync), saxagliptin (Onglyza, ... Read More

Lawsuits filed against makers of several type 2 diabetes drugs

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was investigating cases of pancreatitis and precancerous cellular changes called pancreatic duct metaplasia in patients taking a class of type 2 diabetes drugs known as incretin mimetics. Lawsuits against manufacturers of several of these drugs have been underway for years. Incretin mimetic drugs include exenatide (Byetta, Bydureon), liraglutide (Victoza), sitagliptin (Januvia, Janumet, Janumet XR, Juvisync), saxagliptin (Onglyza, Kombiglyze XR), alogliptin (Nesina, Kazano, Oseni), and linagliptin (Tradjenta, Jentadueto). The FDA’s inquiry is based on unpublished findings from a group of academic researchers who examined a small number of pancreatic tissue ... Read More

FDA investigates cases of pancreatitis, precancerous pancreatic cancer with type 2 diabetes treatments

An increased risk of pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas, and other precancerous cellular changes called pancreatic duct metaplasia in patients with type 2 diabetes treated with a class of drugs called incretin mimetics is being evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The investigation is based on unpublished findings by a group of academic researchers who examined a small number of pancreatic tissue specimens taken from patients after they died from unspecified causes. Incretin mimetic drugs include exenatide (Byetta, Bydureon), liraglutide (Victoza), sitagliptin (Januvia, Janumet, Janumet XR, Juvisync), saxagliptin (Onglyza, Kombiglyze XR), alogliptin (Nesina, Kazano, Oseni), and linagliptin ... Read More