What is Januvia?

By: Ani Barsamian, JD

Januvia, also known as Sitagliptin, is a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor manufactured by Merck.  Januvia was introduced to the market in October of 2006 as a once-daily prescription drug used to treat those diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes.  If used in conjunction with proper diet and exercise it helps lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.  However, shortly after it was introduced to the market, Januvia was linked to pancreatic disease such as cancer.