Invokana (canagliflozin) is a new class of medications called sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. Normally, when a person eats, their body produces insulin to process sugar that enters the body. In people with Type 2 diabetes, this response no longer works the way it should, and they develop insulin resistance.
Ultimately, the pancreas can't keep up with the demand for insulin and sugar levels rise to dangerous levels. Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors prevent the kidneys from reabsorbing sugar and releasing it into the blood, unfortunately, not without side effects. Common serious side effects of Invokana include diabetic ketoacidosis, kidney injury, urinary tract infections and cardiovascular problems.
In March 2013, the FDA approved Johnson & Johnson's Invokana as the first drug in its class. Then, in 2014, the FDA approved Invokamet (canagliflozin and metformin). However, in May 2015 the agency issued a drug safety communication that warned patients and doctors that these drugs – and other SGLT2 inhibitors – may lead to diabetic ketoacidosis. If left untreated, diabetic ketoacidosis can be fatal.
In December 2015, the FDA ordered manufacturers of SGLT2 inhibitors to add warnings regarding the risk of ketoacidosis and urinary tract infections to the drugs' labels. Patients who developed ketoacidosis or UTIs after taking the Invokana filed suit in court claiming the drugs' manufacturers failed to warn of the risks of the drugs. People who have filed lawsuits have also claimed drug caused strokes, blood clots and acute kidney injuries that required hospitalization.
The Drug Manufacturer Is Responsible
By law, drug manufacturers are strictly liable for injuries if the product they sell is defective or unreasonably dangerous even if the manufacturer was unaware of the product’s danger.
Additionally, regardless of how carefully the medication, drug or pharmaceutical was produced or labeled, the manufacturer is liable and can be sued for damages should it can cause harm in a way similar to the following:
- The product may be defective because of an error in the manufacturing process.
- Consumers are not warned of possible bad effects from the use of the product.
- The product has a design flaw that makes it dangerous.
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The lawsuits involving Invokana state the manufacture failed to warn patients and physicians of the increased risks of kidney failure, myocardial infarction (heart attacks), and ketoacidosis.
Plaintiff’s attorneys claim that if the manufacturer had properly warned, then doctors would have prescribed a medication other than Invokana for patients with Type 2 diabetes, and certainly patients would have had their health monitored on a more frequent basis for potential signs of heart issues, renal impairment, and high level of ketones.
Invokana is a prescription medication used in combination with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar and improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes.
When untreated, type 2 diabetes can lead to serious problems, including blindness, nerve damage, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and a range of other problems. Invokana helps lower a person’s blood sugar by causing the kidneys to remove sugar through the urine.
The most serious potential side effects and risks caused by Invokana are myocardial infarction (heart attack), kidney damage and ketoacidosis.
Manufacturer of Invokana Admits Link to Acute Kidney Injuries
Janssen Pharmaceuticals is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson and they are one of the manufacturers of Invokana. They are now expressly warning that acute kidney injuries are associated with using Invokana. Considering the mounting litigation over claims that Invokana causes kidney failure and other kidney injuries, it appears Janssen knew that a label change, whether voluntary or FDA-mandated, was needed.
“This U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strengthened the existing warning about the risk of acute kidney injury for the type 2 diabetes medicines canagliflozin (Invokana, Invokamet) and dapagliflozin (Farxiga, Xigduo XR).
Patients should stop taking their SGLT2 inhibitor [such as Invokana] and seek medical attention immediately if they have any symptoms of ketoacidosis, a serious condition in which the body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones.
As of this time, there has not been a recall of Invokana related to kidney failure, myocardial infarctions or ketoacidosis. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued two safety announcements warning patients to stop taking Invokana, and seek immediate medical help, if they suffer any symptoms of ketoacidosis, such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, tiredness, or trouble breathing.
As of this time, there have been no large group settlements involving Invokana and the potential link to kidney and heart injuries. Litigation likes this takes many years to resolve, with teams of lawyers spending millions of dollars trying to determine exactly what occurred, and how it could have been prevented. Generally, large groups of settlements do not occur until a few cases are tried before a jury, and the manufacturer can more thoroughly understand its financial risk.
You May Be Entitled to Compensation
Drug manufacturers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks associated with using their products, you have the right to know this and the manufacturer must provide adequate warnings. If a drug maker fails to fulfill this duty, they could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
Patients who are injured by defective drugs may be entitled to compensation for damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- The permanency of the injury
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Loss of income or ability to work
If a patient dies from complications related to a defective drug or medical device, family members may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:
- Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from the loss of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
Patients who have suffered severe complications from Invokana, are encouraged to seek the advice of an experienced local personal injury lawyer to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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If you have been taking Invokana and experienced pain and side effects, you should definitely visit your doctor immediately if you have not already done so. The sooner you can diagnose and treat any Invokana side effects, the better your chances are to avoid any serious or long term medical complications. After visiting your doctor, you should educate yourself on your options related to obtaining compensation and assistance with your medical bills and related expenses. This means hiring a lawyer and possibly filing a lawsuit.
If you have been harmed by taking Invokana in Missouri, please contact The Krebs Law Firm. Experienced injury attorneys can help protect your rights and recover costs of your medical bills and lost wages from time you missed at work because Invokana made you sick. Don't discount the value of your health and don't let dangerous side effects from a drug like Invokana go unreported. Come talk to us about health problems you have had with Invokana in a confidential and free, no obligation consultation in our Springfield, Missouri office.
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