Invokana Lawsuit Attorneys
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Invokana has quickly become a leading choice for those who suffer from Type II diabetes. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the drug’s manufacturer and child-company of Johnson & Johnson, marketed the drug as an advanced alternative to existing diabetes medications. Unfortunately, this drug is not all patients were led to believe. If you or a loved one has taken or are currently taking Invokana, it’s important to familiarize yourself with its side effects. The complications linked to Invokana are serious and you deserve to pursue compensation if you have been injured by this drug.
At Arnold & Itkin, we currently represent people who have suffered as a result of taking Invokana. Don’t leave your future up to chance, fight for it with our award-winning team. Pharmaceutical manufacturers, in this case Johnson & Johnson, are responsible for the effects their medications have. When buyers are not sufficiently warned about the risks of taking Invokana, severe injuries can result. Our firm wants to help. Our experienced attorneys have obtained billions. We have gone up against Johnson & Johnson and other large pharmaceutical companies with great success time and time again. When people are facing the worst injuries of their life, when their health and their future are on the line, they turn to Arnold & Itkin. We honor that trust with around-the-clock client service, effective medical treatment, and relentless trial advocacy.
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Why You’ve Been Injured
To a consumer who may not know any better, Invokana sounds like a wonderful solution. It inhibits the re-absorption of glucose (sugar) into the bloodstream, which is why sugar is forced through the kidneys. As a result, your body begins eating up your fat stores, resulting in weight loss. Unfortunately, that’s not the end. The kidneys cannot handle that much glucose. As a result, they become overworked and shut down—resulting in potential “backflow” of your body’s waste into your bloodstream. This results in toxic shock, a potentially deadly contamination of the blood.
At the same time, your body’s use of your fat stores creates a molecule in the bloodstream known as a ketone. In small amounts, it’s not deadly. However, Invokana use creates an excessive amount of ketones, which leads to a condition known as “ketoacidosis.” Excessive ketone levels can dehydrate the brain and kidneys, leading to brain swelling and coma. Due to the nature of Invokana, diabetic ketoacidosis occurs with nearly normal blood sugar levels, so it's difficult to detect. Unfortunately, the weight loss caused by Invokana has also led to its off-label use.
Invokana Side Effects
Although Invokana was approved by the FDA in March of 2013, they have already released several safety alerts regarding the dangers of this drug. Most recently, an alert was released warning that patients taking Invokana are twice as likely to have to undergo an amputation (when compared to patients taking a placebo pill). Several other serious side effects have also been linked to this drug.
The FDA has linked the following to Invokana:
Acute Kidney Injury
In June 2016, the FDA strengthened an existing acute kidney injury warning in place for Invokana. When the kidneys shut down, waste builds up in the body and can cause serious conditions such as nausea, confusion, swelling, and even seizures or coma.
When the body has too little insulin, it can no longer break down sugar as a fuel source. As an alternative, the body begins to break down fats for energy. Breaking down fat results in the production of “ketones,” which can build up in the blood and become toxic. Initial warning signs may include fruity-smelling breath, stomach pain, unusual fatigue, and vomiting.
Blood Infection & Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
Blood and kidney infections have been linked to Invokana. Blood infections are often accompanied by fever, chills, and increased heart rate. UTIs are often accompanied by a burning feeling when urinating, blood in the urine, and pain in the pelvic area.
In 2016, reports of acute pancreatitis surfaced in Invokana users. When the pancreas becomes swollen or inflamed, it can no longer produce insulin and can lead to severe health problems or even death.
Because excess sugar injures blood vessel walls that provide nourishment to the nerves, diabetics are often already at risk for nerve and foot damage. With Invokana, these chances nearly double. Signs can include infections, sores, and pain.
History of Invokana: Timeline of Its Development
Invokana has made headlines in recent years, not for its miraculous properties but instead for its severe, life-threatening side effects. As lawsuits begin to pour in, it’s important to understand the history of the drug and whether you might be eligible to pursue compensation as well. Initially developed by Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma in 2012, Invokana is manufactured and marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, which is a division of Johnson & Johnson. Invokana was approved in March of 2013 for the treatment of Type II Diabetes and was the first SGLT2 inhibitor that was approved in the U.S. by the FDA. Since its approval, the FDA has issued several warnings about the side effects of Invokana.
An overview of Invokana developments:
- March 2013: The FDA approves Invokana and the drug makes its debut in the market.
- March 2013: A New York Times article mentions that the FDA ordered post-marketing clinical trials.
- December 2013: Invokana is marketed for weight loss, though not approved by the FDA for that purpose.
- May 2015: The FDA issues a safety warning about ketoacidosis complications.
- September 2015: The FDA requests an update of SGLT2 inhibitor warning labels to include fractures.
- September 2015: Canada sees its first Invokana lawsuit. The U.S. begins to see lawsuits as well.
- December 2015: The FDA revises SGLT2 inhibitor labels to warn about ketoacidosis and risks of UTI.
- January 2016: A report is published by the ISMP that announced 5,484 adverse events were linked to Invokana.
- May 2016: The FDA finds increased risk of leg and foot amputations linked to Invokana.
- June 2016: The FDA strengthens its kidney warnings for Invokana.
You May Have the Right to Financial Compensation
Arnold & Itkin believes that pharmaceutical companies should be held responsible for the damage their drugs cause. If you’ve been injured from Invokana, you are entitled to recovery for the costs associated with your injuries. This amount may be more comprehensive than you think.
Pharmaceutical injury recoveries can include:
- Past and future medical care
- Wages lost since being injured
- Loss of future salary/earning potential
- Long-term pain and suffering
- Any financial losses accrued from the injuries
Contact Our Invokana Attorneys Today for a Free Review of Your Case: (888) 493-1629
Have you experienced any of these side effects or injuries? It’s time to hold Invokana’s negligent manufacturer responsible for your suffering. With the help of two of the most successful personal injury lawyers in the nation, you can fight to obtain compensation that covers your needs. Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin have extensive experience going up against pharmaceutical companies, including Johnson & Johnson. We know how to get big results and have the knowledge and resources necessary to effectively represent clients across the nation.
We offer free consultations. More importantly, we cover the cost of litigation for all our clients. With our firm, you never have to worry about paying for court costs or investigative resources—we cover everything for you. Our clients never pay us unless they get what they need in court first. That’s our promise to you. Call (888) 493-1629 or fill out our contact form to speak with our team. Get a free consultation today!