Pennsylvania Invokana Lawyers
Are You or a Loved One Victimized by Invokana? Let Us Stand Up for Your Rights.
Invokana (canagliflozin), manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, is used to treat Type 2 diabetes that is intended to remove excess glucose (blood sugar) via urine, by having the kidneys flush out excessive glucose. Invokana belongs to a family of medications called Sodium Glucose Cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) Inhibitors, which have been the topic of a recent FDA warning. The FDA warning comes as a result of ongoing reports of serious side effects including ketoacidosis, kidney damage, and heart attacks (myocardial infarctions).At Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC, we are passionate about standing up to drug manufacturers and demanding that they compensate our clients for the pain and injury they have sustained. Since 1922, our firm has fought for the rights of our clients and has recovered millions for them in that time. Put the experience and resources of one of the largest firms in the area to work for you.
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What Are the Dangers of Invokana?
While Invokana is associated with some mild side effects—such as yeast infections, nausea, fatigue, and increased cholesterol—the most significant danger of Invokana is a condition called diabetic ketoacidosis. In ketoacidosis, the body enters a state where it burns fat for energy at a dangerous rate, producing ketones and releasing them into the blood. Ketones are acidic, so excess ketones in the blood creates a condition called ketoacidosis. This condition can then lead to low potassium (a risk factor for heart attacks) or swelling in the brain.
Additionally, Invokana use can result in leg or foot amputations. While much rarer than ketoacidosis, patients with a prior amputation, foot ulcers, neuropathy, or peripheral vascular disease are more vulnerable to requiring amputation while on Invokana.
If you notice the following, talk to your physician about the dangers of Invokana:
- Tenderness or pain
- Ulcers or sores
- Leg or foot infections
The FDA has released three safety alerts on the dangers of Invokana and Invokamet since their release in 2013 and 2014. The latest information warns that patients who take Invokana are approximately two times as likely to require an amputation as patients on a placebo pill. Diabetics are known to already be at risk for foot and nerve damage; however, it appears that Invokana greatly exacerbates the problem.
Serious side effect warnings are posted on the official Invokana website, which mention kidney problems and low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Clearly, the manufacturer is aware of the risks of side effects while taking Invokana. The problem is they feel benefits far outweigh the risks, a decision each person should have the opportunity to make themselves, based upon ALL of the facts.
FDA Strengthens Warming About Harmful Drug Invokana
In 2015, the FDA announced that it was strengthening its warning. According to the FDA, Invokana poses an increased danger of bone fracture and decreased bone mineral density to those who take it. This is not entirely new news. The potential side effect of bone fracture was already mentioned on the Invokana label, but now the FDA is upping the danger alert after evaluation of data from nine clinical trials. The FDA now warns that bone fractures can occur as soon as 12 weeks after starting Invokana.
In its release, the FDA highlighted that Invokana may lead to decreased bone density primarily in the hips and lower spine area of the body. Accordingly, the federal agency advised doctors to seriously consider the risk of bone density drops and fractures before prescribing Invokana. Those already taking Invokana were urged by the FDA to speak with their doctor, but not to stop taking the medication unless an alternative plan for controlling blood sugar is already in place.
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For those harmed by a defective Type 2 diabetes drug with side effects that cause serious injuries, such as bone density loss or bone fractures linked to Invokana, the costs associated with these injuries can be substantial. Meanwhile, the pharmaceutical companies which produce these defective drugs continue to rake in massive profits. If you would like to take action to recover the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries, consider a defective drug side effect lawsuit against the corporation which released the drug that harmed you.
If you have already been greatly harmed by the side effects of Invokana, don’t hesitate to get skilled legal help and begin your journey to just compensation. At Handler Henning & Rosenberg, our dedicated defective drug lawyers offer all of our clients superior legal advice and representation. Our firm has the resources to hire medical experts and the experience necessary to represent clients against large pharmaceutical companies. Due to our exceptional understanding of pharmaceutical litigation laws, our side effects attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our seriously injured clients.
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