Boehringer Ingelheim’s type-2 diabetes drug Tradjenta (linagliptin) has only been on the market since 2012, but there is already evidence that it may increase a patient’s risk of life-threatening pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis, and other serious side effects.
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Tradjenta Side Effects
FDA Warnings for Tradjenta
March 14, 2013 — Safety Communication for Tradjenta and Incretin Mimetic Drugs. The FDA is investigating findings that suggest an increased risk of pancreatitis and pre-cancerous cellular changes in the pancreas. Click here to read more.
What is Tradjenta?
Tradjenta (linagliptin) is an oral type-2 diabetes treatment that regulates insulin levels and helps improve blood-sugar control. It works by inhibiting dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4), which decreases the amount of glucose (sugar) released into the bloodstream and stimulates the release of insulin, a hormone that lowers blood-sugar levels.
Boehringer Ingelheim received approval for Tradjenta in August 2012. It is one of the newest drugs in a class of anti-diabetes medications that work by influencing digestive hormones (also known as incretins), such as GLP-1 and/or DPP-4. These drugs are collectively known as “incretin mimetics.”
What is the problem with Tradjenta?
Tradjenta has only been sold in the U.S. since 2012, and it belongs to a class of drugs that was introduced in 2006. Therefore, the long-term risks of using Tradjenta to treat type-2 diabetes are not fully understood. The problem is that there is already a growing amount of research suggesting that all drugs in the incretin mimetic class may increase a patient’s risk of pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer. These are extremely severe, life-threatening side effects.
Tradjenta and Pancreatic Cancer
The Prescribing Information for Tradjenta already warns about a potential risk of pancreatitis (pancreatic inflammation), which was identified in clinical trials. Unfortunately, because pancreatitis is a risk-factor for pancreatic cancer, there is growing concern that Tradjenta and other incretin mimetic drugs may also increase the risk of cancer.
To investigate this risk, researchers autopsied pancreases from eight people with diabetes who used an incretin mimetic drug and compared the organs to people who did not use the drugs. The results of their study were published in Diabetes in March 2013.
Unfortunately, the researchers found striking evidence of pancreatitis, and three out of eight pancreases had benign tumors called adenomas, which can become malignant. One patient who was taking Januvia had a tumor in the pancreatic duct. The researchers warned about an increased risk of pancreatic surgery, which would make a patient dependent on insulin:
“Since the standard of care of a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor, because of the risk of conversion to malignancy, even if benign, is surgical resection [i.e. removal], patients exposed to incretin therapy would seem to be at increased risk of requiring pancreatic surgery.”
Tradjenta Class Action Lawyer
The Clark Firm, LLP is nationally recognized as a class action law firm. However, we are not filing a Tradjenta class action at this time. Instead, we are filing individual lawsuits on behalf of people who were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed by people who took diabetes drugs in the incretin mimetic class. As of January 2016, over 750 lawsuits were consolidated in federal court in California in Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2452).
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