Invokana is prescribed to adults to treat Type II diabetes. This medication, when used in conjunction with a proper diet and exercise, is intended to lower glucose levels in the blood. Invokana has been available to patients since 2013 when the drug first received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
However, despite rigorous testing and oversight on top of several years on the market, consumers have filed numerous lawsuits against Invokana’s manufacturers due to dangerous and life-threatening conditions that were not disclosed to doctors and patients.
If you or a loved one experienced a negative side effect or an injury due to Invokana, you may be entitled to legal compensation for your injuries. An Invokana lawyer could review your medical history, assess symptoms, and evaluate injuries, to determine whether or not you have a right to file a lawsuit for your injuries. Work with a skilled dangerous drugs and medical devices lawyer and know you are in capable hands.
What is Invokana?
As a knowledgeable Invokana lawyer could explain, Invokana belongs to a class of drugs known as sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors. These drugs are intended to help in treating type 2 diabetes in conjunction with a proper diet and exercise. Invokana and other (SGLT-2) inhibitors are designed to prevent the kidneys from reabsorbing glucose, thereby regulating glucose and sugar in the blood. If the kidneys do not absorb excess glucose it will be passed from the body through urine.
Risks Associated With Invokana
One of the biggest risks associated with this medication is that it can cause a condition known as diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a condition characterized by too much acid in the blood. In a study released by the New England Journal of Medicine, “Risk of Diabetic Ketoacidosis after Initiation of an SGLT2 Inhibitor,” doctors found that those who took Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors had a significantly higher risk of developing DKA compared to people who took other medications.
Other risks include amputations, kidney failure, stroke, and heart attack. In May 2017, the FDA concluded that Invokana, along with other Type II diabetes medications, caused an increased risk of leg and foot amputations. Those taking Invokana were warned to contact their doctor immediately if they noticed new pain or tenderness, sores or ulcers, or infections in their legs or feet.
Afflicted patients have brought legal cases against the manufacturers of Invokana for failure to warn both patients and physicians about the increased risk of kidney failure, diabetic ketoacidosis, and leg and foot amputations associated with this medication. Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Janssen’s parent company Johnson & Johnson have fielded multiple lawsuits based on the following grounds:
- Invokana is unreasonably dangerous
- Johnson & Johnson negligently manufactured Invokana
- The companies failed to properly test this medication
- Johnson & Johnson concealed evidence of the dangers of Invokana from the public and the government and subsequently misrepresented the drug’s safety
Recently, the FDA issued a safety announcement in regards to Invokana. As of May 2017, the FDA now requires new warnings for this medication, including a black box warning which warns of the increased risks associated with this medication.
How an Invokana Attorney Can Help
If you suffered an injury or an adverse side-effect after taking Invokana, a skilled Invokana lawyer may be able to help you recover compensation for your injuries and losses. An experienced attorney could speak with you regarding your current health conditions and determine whether your symptoms are caused by Invokana.
By pursuing a lawsuit, an Invokana attorney could help you recover compensation to cover your medical bills and expenses, for lost wages and disability. Contact an Invokana lawyer today to schedule your initial consultation.