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Diabetes Drugs May Cause Damage to Pancreas, Study Finds

People taking diabetes drugs such as Merck & Co.’s Januvia were affected by pancreatic cell growth and damage that may turn cancerous, a small study found.

The study, led by Alexandra Butler and Peter Butler of the University of California, Los Angeles, provides evidence of increased pre-cancerous changes in diabetic patients using so-called incretin mimetics, Public Citizen, a Washington-based public advocacy group, said in a statement today after the research was published.