Invokana is a medication used to treat type 2 diabetes and low blood sugar. When it works properly, Invokana can help lower blood sugar with minor side effects. However, Invokana has been linked to a number of much more serious side effects, including kidney damage, heart attacks, and potentially fatal ketoacidosis.
Manufacturers of drugs have a responsibility and a legal obligation to ensure that their products are safe for consumers. Pharmaceutical companies must do their due diligence when it comes to testing their drugs before marketing and selling them. If you have suffered adverse side effects as a result of taking Invokana, please contact the New York drug injury lawyers at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, at (212) 986-7353 to discuss your case.
Type 2 diabetes needs to be treated, because failing to address it can result in serious health issues, including death. Untreated type 2 diabetes has been linked to nerve damage, kidney failure, heart disease, blindness, high blood pressure, loss of limbs, and a multitude of other issues. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, taking over 75,000 lives a year.
Invokana is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson, and was first released for sale on the market in March 2013. Invokana helps keep blood sugar in check by increasing glycemic control in patients. Invokana is a sodium/glucose cotransporter 2, or an SGLT2 inhibitor. There are also other SGLT2 drugs on the market that are being investigated for dangerous side effects: Farxiga, Jardince, and Invokamet.
SGLT2 inhibitors such as Invokana have known, major side effects, including:
- Myocardial infarction: A heart attack can occur when restricted blood flow results in the irreversible death of cells within the heart. During a heart attack, a portion of the heart is deprived of oxygen and nutrients, virtually killing the muscle.
- Kidney failure: This is when the kidneys stop functioning without the use of dialysis or a transplant. The kidneys are responsible for filtering waste products from the blood, so this condition can be toxic to the body, causing death if not treated.
- Ketoacidosis: When there are high levels of ketones in the body, it can result in a diabetic coma or even death. This happens when a body is unable to produce enough insulin.
- Amputation: In May 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a “black box warning” regarding Invokana after two clinical trials found that the use of the drug doubles a patient’s risk of leg, foot, and toe amputation.
So far, there have been no recalls involving Invokana, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert warning that Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors like it may cause ketoacidosis. Federal regulators have cautioned people taking these drugs to monitor themselves for symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, vomiting, confusion, and difficulty breathing. So far, the FDA has received reports of about 20 cases of ketoacidosis related to SGLT2 inhibitors and all of these patients required hospitalization. FDA officials have said that they are continuing to investigate the safety of these drugs and will determine if changes are needed in their prescribing information.
If you or a loved one has suffered severe side effects as a result of taking Invokana, you may be eligible to seek compensation for damages, including medical bills, lost wages, hospitalization, pain and suffering, and more. The New York personal injury law firm of Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, is looking into reports of adverse effects caused by Invokana.
Please contact us at (212) 986-7353 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation. If we decide to accept your case, your work is over and you’ll pay no fees upfront. Our legal team will investigate your claim, gather evidence, and develop an aggressive strategy. Then we will fill out and file all the paperwork, get in touch with the defendants, and keep you up-to-date on all developments regarding your claim until it’s settled.