Is it true that Januvia has been linked to pancreatitis and cancer?

By: Ani Barsamian, JD

Yes. Several studies have linked Januvia to pancreatitis and cancer.  In 2011, one such study was published in the medical journal Gastroenterology showing that patients taking Januvia were six times more likely to develop pancreatitis and 2.72 times more likely to develop pancreatic cancer.  In 2013, another study was published in JAMA showing that patients taking Januvia were twice as likely to develop pancreatitis than those that were not taking the drug.