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According to the FDA, there is no scientific evidence to confirm that a group of type 2 diabetes drugs called GLP-1 inhibitors is linked to pancreatic cancer. The FDA decision comes on the heels of the European Medicines Agency, which stated that they have been unable to confirm an increased risk of pancreatic cancer linked to side effects of Byetta, Januvia, Janumet, Victoza and other incretin mimetic drugs.

Januvia Pancreatic Cancer AttorneyThe FDA has apparently completed its safety review into the new group of medications, known as incretin mimetics, and is preparing to report that it has found no conclusive connection between the medications and pancreatic cancer. According to the EMA, its experts reviewed the data and found “methodological limitations and potential sources of bias” and decided the available data don’t bear out worries about an increased risk of “pancreatic adverse events.”

The report addresses the entire group of incretin mimetics, which comprises GLP-1 agonists, which mimic a key hormone, and DPP-4 inhibitors, which interfere with a protein that breaks down the same hormone.

According to experts, the blockbuster cholesterol drug Lipitor may increase the risk of diabetes.

Lipitor Diabetes Side Effect AttorneyWhat is Lipitor?

Lipitor (atorvastatin) is a statin-based cholesterol drug manufactured by the Pfizer subsidiary Warner-Lambert. The cholesterol drug is a best seller and has achieved blockbuster status. Lipitor has produced more than $125 billion in sales before the patent expired in 2011. Now off patent, several generic Lipitor versions are available.

The National Institutes of Health held a workshop, addressing the risks associated with the newer diabetic drugs. These medications, known as Incretic Mimetics are coming under fire for alleged increased risk of pancreatic cancer.

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Merck & Co., Novo Nordisk A/S and others, the manufacturers of these drugs may be asked to collect more data on a potential cancer link even as they try to reassure U.S. regulators this week of the drugs’ safety.

The Food and Drug Administration said it is considering setting up a study, either through the agency or the companies, that looks deeper into whether medicines for Type 2 diabetes, including Merck’s Januvia and Bristol Myers-Squibb Co.’s Byetta, cause pancreatic cell growth that could turn cancerous.

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