Invokana 2018 Lawsuits Update – File Now
Statistics point to the fact that a little over 9 percent of the population has diabetes, with 23.8 percent of the individuals in this group not knowing that they do. This is a chronic and sometimes disabling condition which must be managed for life due to its propensity to cause complications such as heart attack, stroke, amputations, and in some cases, blindness. Invokana belongs to a class of medications known as SGLT2 inhibitors, which stop the production of a certain hormone so that excess blood sugar can be excreted through one’s kidneys.
Are you looking for an Invokana settlements attorney? If you suffered ketoacidosis, kidney injury, and toe or leg amputation as a result of taking this diabetes drug, you may be eligible for compensation. Please call us TODAY at 1 (773) 825-3605 for more information on what we can do for you. The makers of this medication failed in their legal duty to ensure that their drug was reasonably safe for consumption. Call 1 (773) 825-3605 RIGHT NOW to learn what settlement amount you may be eligible for due to injuries sustained after taking Invokana.
How Invokana Works
Invokana contains the active ingredient canagliflozin, a compound which stops glucose from being taken back into the bloodstream after it is filtered renally. It therefore remedies high blood sugar levels, or hyperglycemia, which is implicated in the progression of type 2 diabetes. If blood sugar levels rise unchecked due to a malfunctioning pancreas, an individual may go into a shock or a coma as excess glucose levels interferes with metabolic processes and proper organ function. Invokana is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of the pharma giant Johnson & Johnson. It received approval in March 2013 after rigorous trials involving over 90,000 individuals. That being said, it was later shown to have been approved after an unusually short time from its research and development to testing stages.
Invokana Launched, Followed By Aggressive Marketing
Johnson & Johnson ratcheted up its marketing efforts shortly after receiving FDA approval, touting Invokana to be a panacea and wonder drug for individuals suffering from type 2 diabetes. In fact, so successful was its marketing efforts that the drug giant made $250 million between January and March of 2015. Invokana is the top-selling diabetes medication, but a lot of consumers are unaware of the fact that this medication comes with harrowing side-effects.
It wasn’t more than a year after the launch of Invokana that the Institute for Safe Medication Practices decided to issue a warning regarding the link between Invokana and kidney damage as well as failure. In 2016, the FDA issued its own warning regarding the fact that Invokana and other drugs in its class could cause ketoacidosis. Later in the same year, the FDA once again issued a statement letting consumers know about the double-fold risk of amputation associated with Invokana use. It seemed, from all these warnings, that a drug that was once thought of as a silver bullet would go down in flames in just a few short years.
Ketoacidosis and Invokana
Blood pH is kept at a steady 7.3. This allows for the smooth functioning of biological processes such as cell division, immune function, respiration and more. However, Invokana transforms blood pH, skewing it so it is more acidic. Excess acid in one’s blood is a risk factor in so many health complications such as heart attacks, stroke, bacterial infections, blood vessel weakness, high blood pressure and respiratory distress.
Some of the symptoms of ketoacidosis include:
– Severe abdominal pain
– Confusion and disorientation
– Drowsiness and unusual fatigue
– Change in body odor where one presents with “sweet-smelling” sweat
– Difficulty breathing
– Vomiting and unrelenting nausea.
Diabetic ketoacidosis is typically seen in individuals with type 1 diabetes, and it is a rarity in those with the 2 variant. It can be fatal if not remedied in a timely manner, and may cause multi-organ damage even when it is finally treated. In addition, diabetic ketoacidosis can take only 2 weeks to develop in new patients, meaning that vigilance is needed at all times. In 2015, the FDA issued a notice on ketoacidosis and Invokana and Invokamet use.
Invokana and Amputations
Uncontrolled diabetes will eventually affect blood vessels, making it virtually impossible for blood and oxygen to reach extremities in one’s lower limbs effectively. If left to continue, diabetics may notice their limbs and digits turning blue or grey, and may report a sensation of pins and needles as well as numbness in affected areas. Should they not get to a doctor in a few days, the limb or toe may turn gangrenous due to tissue death. Ultimately, a gangrenous body part will need to be amputated to save the rest of the body or limb from the infection.
The cruel joke is that Invokana, meant to treat excess insulin levels causes this exact complication that is alleges to prevent. It does so by decreasing the passage of lymph and blood through vessels found in the legs, which over time starves limbs of vital nutrients, oxygen and blood. Invokana has been shown to cause above mid-foot amputations, toe amputations, above the knee amputations, as well as multiple amputations that affect both limbs. Following these reports, the FDA prompted Johnson & Johnson to place a Black Box Warning on all its Invokana medication labels so patients as well as doctors were aware of this.
Invokana and Bone Fractures
Invokana has also been shown to decrease bone density due to interfering with vital metabolic processes that are responsible for calcium resorption and absorption. In fact, individuals who took Invokana were prone to fractures after taking this drug for only three months. So severe is this side-effect that people’s bones would break from simple things like tripping or falling while standing. A clinical trial commissioned by the FDA later showed that Invokana causes loss of bone mineral density at the lower spine and hip, making it a problematic drug for the elderly who already experience bone loss on account of advanced age.
Invokana Lawsuits in 2018 – Get Legal Help Today!
We are currently filing lawsuits on behalf of individuals who may have suffered bone loss, ketoacidosis, kidney damage and failure, as well as amputations as a direct result of taking Invokana. Similar lawsuits bring forth the claim that Janssen Pharmaceuticals knew or should have been aware of the dangers posed by their medication, and failed to warn you, the consumer, on them, thereby committing negligence. To this end, Janssen is legally required to settle these drug injury lawsuits by offering compensation to those affected. The money you recover will help go into paying your past, present and future medical bills to help you make whole again. If you’d like to speak to an Invokana lawsuits settlements or Invokana lawsuit amputation attorney, give us a call NOW at 1 (773) 825-3605 for your free and no-commitment consultation. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.