Lantus

posted on:
July 15, 2009

author:
Staff

What is Lantus?

Similar to human insulin, Lantus (insulin glargine) is used to control blood sugar in people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Insulin glargine, however, is a modified version of human insulin (an insulin analogue) that allows for the control of blood sugar for extended periods of time (a long-acting insulin). Insulin glargine is approved for once-a-day dosage by subcutaneous injection (injection under the skin).

What are the dangers associated with Lantus?

In 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released an Early Communication regarding the safety of Lantus (insulin glargine) after four studies conducted in Europe indicated an increased risk of cancer for patients treated with Lantus.

According to the FDA communication, the four observational studies evaluated large patient databases and all reported some level of association between the use of insulin glargine, and other insulin products, and various types of cancer.

However, despite the results of the European study, at this time the FDA is recommending that patients taking Lantus do not stop use of the product, as there is concern that uncontrolled blood sugar levels that can result from stopping diabetes treatment can have both immediate and long-term serious adverse effects.

Patients are advised to consult with their health care provider as soon as possible to discuss concerns.

What can I do if I have concerns about Lantus?

We are no longer accepting Lantus claims.

If you have questions about other dangerous drugs or defective medical devices, we would be happy to talk with you. For a free legal consultation, contact us today.

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