Januvia MDL Established

By Buck Daniel

May 1, 2014 – The judge managing the diabetes drug MDL has filed several orders shaping the next steps in the litigation. On Oct. 15, 2013, Judge Lloyd D. George filed an order scheduling a hearing on transferring several new cases to drugs Januvia, Byetta and Victoza pancreatic cancer MDL. This includes hearings to determine if several pending lawsuits will be transferred to the MDL. A second order was issued on Oct. 21, 2013. This order consisted of a transfer of eight individual lawsuits to the existing Januvia cancer MDL. Over 56 individual Januvia lawsuits have joined the MDL so far. The MDL is formally titled In Re: Incretin-Based Therapies Products Liabilities Litigation, MDL No. 2452, in the United States District Court for the District of California. The United States Judicial Panel for on Multidistrict Litigation is presiding over the transfers and managing certain other aspects of the case.

Januvia and related drugs work by interfering with the DPP-4 enzyme. While this can help control blood sugar, this enzyme is also involved in the suppression of tumor growth. So interfering with this enzyme may promote the growth and spread of cancer cells. Recently, this hypothetical risk has been supported by peer-reviewed studies, which indicate a link between the diabetes drugs and an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

Breaking News: Ruling Clears Way for 9/11 Health Fund to Cover Cancers

Posted by Shelley Blas

A federal health official’s ruling brings vindication to hundreds, or possibly thousands, of people suffering from cancer said to be caused by massive dust clouds and debris from the September 11, 2001 attacks. This decision, by Dr. John Howard, Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, will allow 50 different types of cancer to finally be covered by the $4.3 billion fund set up to compensate and treat people exposed to the toxic smoke, dust, and fumes. The decision comes despite a lack of epidemiological evidence linking the attack to cancer. Dr. Howard contributes his decision based on a lengthy report, published last fall in the British journal The Lancet, which showed that firefighters exposed to the toxic fumes had a 19 percent higher risk of getting cancer than those who were not.