How Does Janumet Work?
Janumet contains metformin and sitagliptin, oral diabetes drugs that help control blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. Metformin works by decreasing glucose production in the liver and decreasing absorption of glucose by the intestines. Sitagliptin works by regulating insulin levels the body produces after eating.
Who is the Manufacturer?
Janumet is manufactured by Merck & Co., and was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in February 2012.
What’s the Difference Between Janumet and Janumet XR?
Janumet and Janumet XR are both prescription medications designed to be used along with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes. The difference is that Janumet is taken twice daily, while Janumet XR (extended-release) is taken only once daily.
How Much Does Janumet Cost?
The price of Janumet differs, depending on where you buy it and whether you have insurance copay. On average, a 50 mg /1000 mg tablet of Janumet retails for about $4 to $5. Buyers can get discounts if they have Janumet coupons accepted by online stores.
Has a Generic Version of Janumet Been Approved?
No. There is currently no therapeutically equivalent Janumet generic available in the U.S.
What is the Dosing?
For patients taking metformin immediate-release 850 mg twice daily or 1000 mg twice daily, the recommended starting dose of Janumet is two 50 mg sitagliptin/1000 mg metformin hydrochloride extended-release tablets taken together once daily.
Which Side Effects has Janumet Been Linked to?
Serious side effects of Janumet may include:
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
- Acute Pancreatitis
- Hemorrhagic Pancreatitis
- Necrotizing Pancreatitis
Is There a Recall?
Despite being linked to the above serious side effects, Janumet has not been recalled in the U.S., and the drug continues to be prescribed to unsuspecting patients across the country.
Are Lawsuits Being Filed?
Yes. Our lawyers are reviewing potential lawsuits for people who were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after taking Janumet.
What Damages Could I Be Awarded?
If our lawyers determine that you have a valid claim against Merck, you could be entitled to receive compensation to assist with:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages or decreased income
- Future medical care
- Decreased quality of life
- Wrongful death of your family member
Is There a Class Action?
No class action lawsuit has been filed to date in the Janumet litigation. However, that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck if you’ve been injured. Our lawyers are currently in the process of filing individual claims on behalf of people who got pancreatic cancer from Janumet.
If I File a Janumet Lawsuit, How Long Will it Take to get a Settlement or go to Trial?
In most cases, it will take at least 2 years to resolve your lawsuit. It may settle out of court, as many product liability lawsuits do. However, settlement negotiations in any Janumet lawsuits are unlikely to start until both sides are prepared for trial.