(Bloomberg) — 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 finds.

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, says in a statement last week after the research was published.

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