As a result, patients and their families filed lawsuits against Merck.
Guy Riley filed a lawsuit
on behalf of his wife Kathleen in October 2012. His lawsuit
alleges that Merck and Amylin and Eli Lilly – the manufacturers of another diabetes drug also taken by Kathleen called Byetta – concealed their knowledge of dangerous side effects. Kathleen Riley began taking Januvia in 2006, and in 2009 she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She later died from the disease.