Defective medications can have significant ramifications for the patients who take them. When doctors and patients are unaware of the risks associated with a particular medicine, it may be the patient who ends up paying the price in the form of significant injuries from which he or she may never fully recover.
One such drug that has been named in plenty of research studies and allegations from affected patients recently, is Invokana. Invokana is used to treat type-2 diabetes by assisting the kidneys with the reduction of blood sugar levels. Side effects, however, may be associated with Invokana and this is why a number of different patients have come forward to file lawsuits.
Invokana has been prescribed quite broadly for patients in the U.S. who have Type 2 diabetes, but more research has identified a growing number of concerns and interactions the drug has that are giving the FDA cause for concern. Read on to learn more about the recent academic and medical studies that have found connections between serious side effects and usage of Invokana.
How Invokana Works
Invokana blocks a protein that reabsorbs glucose into the blood. This occurs when blood is filtered through the patient’s kidneys. Typically, the kidneys would reabsorb glucose and then return this to the blood stream. However, Invokana and similar medications block this process from taking place; meaning that the glucose is expelled through the urine and minimizes the patient’s blood sugar levels. The medication is created by Janssen, a Johnson & Johnson company, and approximately 1.5 million people take this medication annually.
Risks Associated with Invokana
Unfortunately, there are severe side effects that can affect a patient who is taking Invokana. Some of these may be more mild, but others can be serious or even life threatening. If you believe that someone you know has already suffered, getting legal help now is recommended.
Amputations and Death
In 2016, the FDA reported that individuals taking Invokana have a higher risk of foot and leg amputations. Many individuals who have diabetes are already at risk associated with circulation problems, nerve damage, and peripheral arterial disease. However, those taking drugs containing canagliflozin, which is in Invokana, have a much higher risk of needing an amputation.
Those individuals taking Invokana may also be at higher risk of ketoacidosis. Death can occur as a result of renal failure or kidney failure. Those individuals taking these medications may be at a higher risk of death. Other severe side effects associated with Invokana as reported by patients and in recent academic studies, include falls, fractures, dehydration, and yeast infections.
Whenever a defective drug compromises the safety and wellbeing of the patients taking it, patients may be entitled to recover compensation through a lawsuit if they can illustrate that the drug manufacturers knew about the dangers or should have known about the dangers and failed to take action.
The primary complaint in many lawsuits of individuals who have already filed against Janssen and Johnson & Johnson, alleged that drug manufacturers did not appropriately warn patients about the risk of taking drugs such as Invokana.
If you or someone you know has already been effected in a case like this, you may be entitled to recover compensation, but the only way to know for sure whether or not it is in your best interests is to consult with an attorney. If you have questions about your case and whether or not you may be eligible to recover compensation to help you recover from the serious injuries you have sustained as a result of taking Invokana, consulting with our lawyers today will give you a chance to have your questions answered and to form a relationship with experienced attorneys who have handled defective drug cases like this before.
Although research is still being conducted regarding the side effects and problems with this medication, you need to talk to your doctor if you have unexplained medical issues after taking this drug. Your doctor may be able to recommend another course of action. If the serious side effects from Invokana have caused you injury, it’s smart to schedule a consultation with an experienced defective drug attorney immediately.