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Invokana is a controversial medicine that helps to lower blood sugar for type 2 diabetes patients.
Patients experienced severe side effects, pain and suffering. Many argue it should have never made it to the market.
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When Invokana was released in the United States, it was viewed as a revolutionary drug that would completely change the way treatment was done for type 2 diabetes. Many specialists and doctors believed that it would make blood sugar management a lot easier.
However, the drug caused numerous side effects, such as ketoacidosis, bone health problems and kidney failure. Patients who suffered serious side effects that were not listed on the warning label filed Invokana lawsuits to claim compensation against the drug manufacturer.
The warnings signs with Invokana were always present. During the clinical trials, there were side effects such as heart attack, stroke and kidney damage to worry about. The FDA was concerned about the side effects, but gave Invokana the green light based on the notion that long-term studies would be done to determine the drug’s safety. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
It is a drug that is scientifically proven to lower a patient’s blood sugar. If a patient is going through the proper diet and exercise, Invokana is used to help lower blood sugar for those who have type 2 diabetes. It is a pill the patient takes each morning, which works around the clock to regulate blood sugar in the body. It is also said to lower blood pressure by roughly three to five mmHg, although it is never given to a patient for that reason.
The three most common side effects for Invokana, as listed on the product’s website, are genital yeast infections, changes in urination and urinary tract infections. However, patients who took the drug have reported many side effects that were not properly listed by the drug company when the product was made available to patients.
Check out the dangers that has been associated with Invokana in the video below and the pain and suffering it has caused:
Even though drug safety studies are still being done on Invokana, it does not mean patients have escaped unscathed. Many have reported serious ailments and injuries because of the drug. Two drug safety alerts were put out by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) regarding Invokana in 2015, involving diabetic ketoacidosis and bone health problems. Patients were not made aware of these possible side effects when they were given the drug.
Ketoacidosis refers to a condition where the levels of blood acidity are too high. Many patients were ending up in the emergency room with this condition while they were taking Invokana. The condition diabetic ketoacidosis is incredibly serious because the cases involved were serious enough to merit hospitalization.
Since we must have an optimal blood pH to maintain organ function, any serious shifts in our body’s blood acidity can cause havoc and result in serious organ damage. And there are side effects associated with the treatment for diabetic ketoacidosis, such as low blood potassium, low blood glucose, brain swelling and abdominal pain.
Bone health problems were also reported on a significant scale, with elderly patients being more likely to suffer bone fractures as compared to those patients who were taking a placebo. The fractures were happening even though the patients had only suffered a minor level of trauma, and it was particularly evident among patients aged 75 or above.
Studies from the FDA showed that the level of bone mineral density was decreasing in patients taking Invokana, especially in the hip and lower spine. The strength of a person’s bones is directly related to bone mineral density.
The first class action lawsuits associated with Invokana were filed by patients who suffered kidney failure while on the drug. Two such claims were filed in the United States, with another filed in Canada.
One of the patients was not even aware their kidney injury could be linked to the drug until seeing the information on television in a commercial. The patient was stunned by this news as neither her doctor nor the labels had given any information that suggested kidney failure was among the possible side effects.
The woman in question, Rosalba Joudry, filed a class action lawsuit demanding more than $1 BILLION from Johnson & Johnson, the company that manufactures Invokana. Her class action lawsuit states the company failed to properly design and test the drug to ensure it was safe before its entry on the Canadian market. The suit also alleges the company did not do enough to declare the possible side effects, including acute kidney injury.You may also be able to file a class action lawsuit, contact us today for a free case evaluation.
The most similar class action lawsuit to Invokana involves Avandia, a type 2 diabetes medication that was released on the market in 1999. The drug resulted in a significant increased risk of suffering a heart attack, and was the subject of several class action lawsuits as a result.
More than 50,000 people who had a heart attack while taking Avandia filed a class action lawsuit, and the suits were settled in 2010 for more than $750 million. Assessing these old lawsuits not only highlights the time it can take for patients to receive settlement money, but also indicates the likelihood of success.
Similar to what happened with Avandia, a black box warning was issued by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) in June 2017 regarding Invokana. The warning was related to the news that the drug causes a higher risk of a patient’s foot amputation or leg amputation while taking the drug. Now we have a drug that is linked to some serious conditions – ketoacidosis, cardiovascular problems, kidney failure, bone density decreases and increased risk of amputation.
Any patient who develops issues in their feet or legs, such as pain, ulcers, sores, numbness or infections, is encouraged to seek treatment immediately. These patients are also serious candidates to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
The chances of success are much higher given the black box warning issued by the FDA. When such a warning is issued, it means the drug is a serious health risk to those who are using it for treatment. It also means there is a good chance the drug was not tested adequately before being put on the market, or being made a part of clinical trials.
Similar warnings against Invokana have been filed in the European Union, where type 2 diabetes patients taking the drug are warned to check their feet and ensure they are keeping a doctor updated about their condition. New warning labels were put out in March 2017 in the EU, highlighting the uncommon side effect of lower limb amputation.
At the moment of writing (January 3rd, 2018) the year is just underway. Are we going to see settlements in the case this year? The first Bellwhether trials are planned for September.
The best thing a patient can do is to speak with a qualified attorney who has experience handling lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies. Not only are qualified attorneys the best chance a patient has of success, they are also helpful in determining whether you have a case in 2018. Fill out the form on this page to see if you qualify for compensation.
It is always a good idea to explore your legal options the moment you learn about the possibility of an Invokana suit. The longer a patient waits, the more their actions may appear opportunistic instead of genuine, which decreases the chance of a settlement or a win.
Patients who suffered personal injury because of Invokana should know there is a light at the end of the tunnel. While most of these lawsuits are very new, it does not mean the cause is hopeless. In fact, it is the opposite. With each warning from the FDA and each new addition to the drug’s label of side effects, the cases grow stronger against the manufacturer. These cases can take five, ten or fifteen years before they are resolved, but the payout is almost always significant.
If you have just heard about how your health problems could be linked to taking the drug, contact your doctor immediately. Have them run tests to determine the extent of your personal injury and begin – if that is what you want – the process of filing a lawsuit.
With lawsuits against drug manufacturers, lawyers are only paid if the lawsuit results in a settlement or a win in court. If you are concerned about how much you would have to pay an attorney, there is nothing to fear. If your case does not result in a victory, you are not required to pay your attorney. It is a risk-free step to get involved in an Invokana lawsuit – get your free case review today.
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