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Public Citizen Urges FDA to Ban Januvia Because of Cancer Risk

Dr. Sidney Wolfe, Director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, issued a statement last month, addressing the risk of precancerous changes in the pancreases of diabetic patients who use diabetes drugs Januvia (sitagliptin), Byetta (exenatide) and Victoza (liraglutide).

According to the statement, Drs. Alexandra Butler and Peter Butler of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and colleagues published a study in the journal “Diabetes,” showing evidence of an increased risk for pancreatic cancer among diabetic patients who take Januvia, Byetta and Victoza.

The FDA has also been receiving reports of pancreatic cancer in patients using the three diabetes medications. In fact, according to Wolfe’s statement, there were a total of 292 reports of pancreatic tumors by patients taking Januvia, Byetta or Victoza between Jan. 1, 2010 and June 30, 2012 to the FDA. During that time, there was only one report of pancreatic cancer by a patient taking a different diabetes drug called glipizide.

According to Wolfe, Public Citizen examined reports of cancer in patients taking Januvia and similar drugs and did not find any other risk factors for pancreatic cancer such as alcohol abuse or a history of smoking.

Based on the findings, Public Citizen urges the FDA to ban these drugs from the market.

“The idea of putting a warning label about pancreatic cancer on drugs that have no unique benefit for diabetics but which have increasing evidence of the risk for pancreatic cancer — instead of banning the drugs altogether — would be an extraordinarily reckless approach for the FDA to initiate,” Wolfe said in his statement.

To view the complete statement, click here.

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