The Pregnancy Registry for JANUVIA and JANUMET receives voluntary reports
from healthcare providers or from women/family members/friends about women
who inadvertently (before knowing they were pregnant) or purposefully
(knowingly took the drug to control their diabetes) used JANUVIA or JANUMET during pregnancy.
The women are enrolled and their pregnancies are followed. Outcomes are obtained
from participating clinicians.
JANUVIA and JANUMET have been assigned FDA Pregnancy Category B.
Reproduction studies have been performed in rats and rabbits. Doses of sitagliptin up to 125 mg/kg (approximately 12
times the human exposure at the maximum recommended human dose) did not impair fertility or
harm the fetus. There are, however, no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
Sitagliptin administered to pregnant female rats and rabbits from gestation day 6 to 20 (organogenesis)
was not teratogenic at oral doses up to 250 mg/kg (rats) and 125 mg/kg (rabbits), or approximately
30- and 20-times human exposure at the maximum recommended human dose (MRHD) of 100 mg/day based
on AUC comparisons. Higher doses increased the incidence of rib malformations in offspring at 1000 mg/kg,
or approximately 100 times human exposure at the MRHD.
Sitagliptin administered to female rats from gestation day 6 to lactation day 21 decreased body weight
in male and female offspring at 1000 mg/kg. No functional or behavioral toxicity was observed in offspring
Placental transfer of sitagliptin administered to pregnant rats and rabbits was approximately 45% at
2 hours and 80% at 24 hours postdose. Placental transfer of sitagliptin administered to pregnant rabbits
was approximately 66% at 2 hours and 30% at 24 hours.
Metformin was not teratogenic in rats and rabbits at doses up to 600 mg/kg/day. This represents an
exposure of about 2 and 6 times the maximum recommended human daily dose of 2,000 mg based on
body surface area comparisons for rats and rabbits, respectively. Determination of fetal concentrations
demonstrated a partial placental barrier to metformin.
Because there have been no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women and because animal
reproduction studies are not always predictive of human response,
JANUVIA and JANUMET should be used during pregnancy
only if clearly needed.
Prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes during Pregnancy: U.S. prevalence of type 2 diabetes has
increased by 33% from 1990 to 1998 and by 70% among women of childbearing age (30-39 years).1 The true
prevalence of type 2 diabetes in pregnancy is difficult to measure because populations with pregestational
diabetes include patients with type 1 or gestational diabetes, making estimation of the true frequency
of various maternal and fetal complications difficult. Moreover, the proportion of type 1 and type 2
diabetes varies in different maternity populations depending on ethnic mix, with type 2 diabetes being
more prevalent among ethnic minority groups.1 A US population-based prevalence study estimated that
0.2-0.5% of all pregnancies were complicated by pregestational diabetes (type 1 or 2) and that type 2
diabetes accounted for 65% in that year, compared to 26% in 1980.2
Fetal Complications of Type 2 Diabetes during Pregnancy: There is concern that rising rates
of type 2 diabetes in pregnancy could lead to increasing numbers of pregnancy complications for mothers
and infants, with risks at least similar to, if not greater than, those observed among women with type 1
diabetes.3 Perinatal mortality in infants of women with type 2 diabetes was 32.3 per 1000 births in
population-based study of 2359 pregnancies to women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes in England, Wales,
and Northern Ireland who delivered between 1 March 2002 and 28 February 2003.4 Although perinatal
mortality was comparable in babies of women with type 1 diabetes (31.7 per 1000), the rate was
nearly 4-times higher than the general population. The prevalence of major congenital anomaly in infants
of mothers with type 2 diabetes was 43 per 1000 births, more than double of that expected in the general
population.4 This increase was due to anomalies of the nervous system, notably neural tube defects
(4.2-fold), and congenital heart disease (3.4-fold).
Previous, smaller studies have reported similar patterns of perinatal mortality and
congenital malformations in infants born to women with type 2 diabetes. One study reported a 3-fold
increase in perinatal mortality in women with type 2 diabetes, primarily due to late stillbirths,5
while a UK case series reported a perinatal mortality rate of 25 per 1000 (primarily in infants
with congenital heart disease), 2.5-fold greater than regional/national figures, and miscarriage
rates of 8.8% (doubling to 15.7% in women with poor glycemic control), with half occurring in the
first trimester.6 The UK case series also reported congenital malformations in 9.9% (18/182)
singleton pregnancies complicated by type 2 diabetes, the most common malformations being cardiac
(53%) and musculoskeletal (27%). The majority of malformations occurred in women with poor glycemic
control who did not receive pre-pregnancy care.
Healthcare providers are encouraged to report cases of prenatal exposure as early
in pregnancy as possible to facilitate the collection of prospective, unbiased information.
Enroll your patient by completing the simple 1-page enrollment form available below.
You will be asked to complete a second 1-page Outcome of Pregnancy form at the end of the pregnancy.
We provide you with a 1-page patient consent form that explains the Pregnancy Registry to your patient.
We encourage you to review it with your patient and have her sign it before the end of her pregnancy.
All forms can be faxed (or mailed) to the Pregnancy Registry.
Criteria for enrollment include:
- A report of pregnancy from a patient or healthcare provider (US residents only)
- Exposure to
JANUVIA or JANUMET during pregnancy (anytime after the woman's last menstrual period)
- Name of a healthcare provider (to confirm diagnoses and to obtain outcome information)
- Name of the patient or, if you wish to keep the report confidential, patient initials and one other patient identifier, such as date of birth or chart number, to allow for follow-up at expected date of delivery
Information from the Registry is used to respond to inquiries from healthcare providers who
call to request information on the use of a product during pregnancy. Data may be published or used to
update the pregnancy section of the product label, as appropriate. Dissemination of data collected in the
Registry is done without compromising individual patient confidentiality. Information from the Registry
is shared, as required, with regulatory authorities (eg, the FDA).
Reports of the aggregate data in the Registry are updated annually and are available to
healthcare providers in the United States upon request. (In countries outside the United States,
information is available through the local Merck subsidiary). To request a report, call the toll-free
number below or download and complete the attached Annual Report Request Form and fax it to the Registry.
Please include your fax number. A report will be sent to you within 3 business days.
Merck does not recommend the use of its products in any manner other than as described
in the product circular. Please review the full Prescribing Information before prescribing
JANUVIA and JANUMET.
Pregnancy Registry for JANUVIA and JANUMET
1. Mokdad AH, Ford ES, Bowamn BA et al. Diabetes trends in the US: 1990-1998. Diabetes Care 2000; 23: 1278 – 83.
2. Engelgau MM, Herman Wh, Smith P, et al. The epidemiology of diabetes and pregnancy in the US, 1998. Diabetes Care 1995; 18:1029-33.
3, Feig DS, Palda VA. Type 2 diabetes in pregnancy: a growing concern. The Lancet 2002; 359:1690 – 1692.
4. Macintosh MCM, Fleming KM, Bailey JA, Doyle P, Modder J, Acolet D, Golightly S, Miller A. Perinatal mortality and congenital anomalies in babies of women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland: population-based study. BMJ 2006; 333:177-180.
5. Cundy T, Gable G, Townsend K. Perinatal mortality in type 2 diabetes. Diabet Med 20000; 17:33-9.