If you are a Type 2 diabetic and were prescribed Invokana (canagliflozin) by your doctor, then you may qualify for compensation as part of a class-action lawsuit.
In May of 2015, the FDA issued a serious warning regarding the side effects of Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors. A number of patient cases indicated that Invokana was potentially linked to ketoacidosis, a life-threatening condition where there is too much acid in the blood, as well as occurrences of heart attacks, strokes and non-accident amputation, among others. Since then, the manufacturing company, Janssen Pharmaceuticals – a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson – has been involved with more than 100 cases that are currently awaiting trial.
The prosecution is claiming that the company wrongfully neglected to warn patients of these issues, despite having insight during the drug’s trial phase. According to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), there were early signs during the drug’s pre-approval stage, showing that it could potentially lead to cardiovascular problems. Nevertheless, the drug was approved in March of 2013 and distributed to hundreds of thousands of patients living with diabetes.
How Invokana Affects Your Body
Invokana is an SGLT2 inhibitor, which works to support a person’s kidneys in the removal of excess sugar through their urine. Since diabetics don’t produce enough insulin, their bodies are unable to properly regulate their own blood sugar levels, which can result in extreme highs and lows. By taking Invokana, patients may experience a reduced number of these high spikes.
However, in addition to a host of other known side effects – including genital yeast infections and urinary tract infections – since its distribution, the drug is believed to cause diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and other serious, life-threatening conditions. DKA can lead to difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, confusion and unusual fatigue or sleepiness. In severe cases, it can cause diabetic comas and even death.
Get The Help You Deserve
Join the class-action lawsuit against Janssen Pharmaceuticals for neglecting to inform consumers about the drug’s serious side effects. If you or a loved one has been hospitalized and/or suffered ketoacidosis or other adverse conditions as a result of taking Invokana, then you may be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and, in appropriate cases, funeral costs. Contact Moore Law Firm in Mobile, Alabama to speak with a trusted personal injury lawyer about your involvement with this case. Having worked with more than 12,000 injury victims since 1985, we are more than qualified to help you take a stand for your health and for your rights. Call (251) 445-7602 right now to schedule a free consultation.