Januvia is manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. and since its FDA approval in 2006 has been sold in the United States.
Merck has its headquarters in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. It has 51,000 employees in 120 countries with 31 factories worldwide, making it one of the seven largest pharmaceutical companies worldwide.
Friedrich Jacob Merck was the original founder who opened a drug store in Darmstadt, Germany in 1668. It was expanded by his family in 1891 when it became a chemical-pharmaceutical materials factory. Family member, George Merck immigrated to New York, establishing the United States branch of the family business.
The German chemical-pharmaceutical materials factory was confiscated in 1917 after WW I for war reparations. It was re-established as an independent company in America. Even today a German Merck operates independently employing 41,000 people in 67 countries.
Januvia, Fosamax, Propecia, Singulair, Vytorin, Zocor as well as NuvaRing are some of the well-known medications produced by Merck today. Back in the 1950’s, it was it was one of the first pharmaceutical houses to start a program that offered assistance to those who could not afford the medications Merck made.
Vioxx, a top selling arthritis drug, was voluntarily recalled by Merck in 2004 after studies linked it to strokes and heart attacks. 50,000 Merck lawsuits were filed with settlements totaling nearly $5 billion.
More recently, more than 1,000 lawsuits have been filed by women using NuvaRing, a Merck contraceptive device. It’s been alleged that this device caused deep vein thrombosis, strokes, and pulmonary embolisms. Those lawsuit trials are supposed to begin in late 2013.
And now, Januvia is the latest controversial drug from Merck. It has been linked to pancreatitis, kidney failure, pancreatic cancer and thyroid cancer. This is one of the best selling diabetic drugs which is sold in over 80 countries.
Due to Merck’s failure to properly test and warn patients about Januvia’s risks, lawyers are helping patients with pancreatic or thyroid cancer file claims against the pharmaceutical company.
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer after taking Januvia, it is important to receive advice from a lawyer about what compensation may be available and how long you have to file a claim. For more information, contact us 24 hours a day.