Adults with type-2 diabetes may be prescribed Janumet (sitagliptin / metformin) to help improve glycemic control, along with diet and exercise. This medication works by stimulating beta-cells in the pancreas to secrete more insulin. Unfortunately, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cautioned that Janumet may increase the risk of pancreatitis (pancreas inflammation). Other studies have raised concern about potential risks of thyroid cancer and pancreatic cancer.
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FDA Approval of Janumet
Janumet was approved by the FDA on March 30, 2007. Click here to read more about the FDA approval of Janumet.
Janumet contains two anti-diabetes drugs: sitagliptin and metformin. Metformin has been used to treat diabetes for decades, but sitagliptin is a new anti-diabetes medication that works by inhibiting a hormone called DPP-4 (dipeptidyl-peptidase-4), which increases production of insulin in the pancreas. This helps a diabetic person lower their blood-sugar levels.
FDA Warnings for Janumet
The FDA has published the following safety warnings for sitagliptin and Janumet:
- September 2009: This Safety Warning announced that the FDA received 88 reports of acute pancreatitis, including 2 reports of hemorrhagic or necrotizing pancreatitis, between October 2006 and February 2009.
Studies of Janumet and FDA Adverse Event Reports
There is no long-term safety data on the risks of using sitagliptin, because it is a relatively new drug. However, studies and adverse event reports have raised serious concerns about potential side effects.
One study was published in Gastroenterology in 2011. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) analyzed adverse events in the FDA MedWatch adverse event report database. They found that sitagliptin was associated with 16 reports of pancreatic cancer and 2 reports of thyroid cancer.
The lead researcher on the study cautioned:
“This analysis of the FDA database does not establish that pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer and thyroid cancer are caused by GLP-1 therapy. It simply raises the level of concern that they may be, and that the appropriate prospective studies are required to rule them out.”
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