Invokana Amputation Lawsuit
Many medical studies show that type 2 diabetes drug Invokana can lead to injuries requiring foot and leg amputations. If you are among Americans injured by that defective antidiabetic drug, you have a legal right to claim payments for your losses by means of an Invokana amputation lawsuit, which this law firm can help you to secure.
What is the drug Invokana?
Invokana is actually a brand name, not a drug. Invokana’s active ingredient is the drug canagliflozin. It was developed by Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma of Japan. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, approved Invokana as an antidiabetic drug in 2013. Invokana thus became the first FDA-approved product with an SGLT2 inhibitor, or sodium/glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitor. Also known as gliflozins, such inhibitors are proteins which can help to lower blood glucose levels.
Invokana then began sales in the spring of 2013 under license by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a division of the pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson. That company now makes as much as $1.3 billion per year selling Invokana. As for Invokana’s uses, it is routinely taken by patients with type 2 diabetes to control high blood sugar levels, or hyperglycemia. Invokana can do this by assisting the kidneys in removing excessive amounts of blood sugar through the urine.
What Are Invokana Amputation Side Effects?
As for what are potential Invokana side effects, some harmful side effects were noted recently by the FDA -- particularly injuries which require amputations of the legs and feet. Based upon data gleaned from two large clinical trials, the FDA concluded that Invokana and its active ingredient, canagliflozin, and related products Invokamet and Invokamet XR, cause “an increased risk of leg and foot amputations.”
The FDA also noted that a pair of recent clinical trials showed that “ leg and foot amputations occurred about twice as often” for patients who’d been treated with canagliflozin (again, the active ingredient in Invokana) compared to patients who’d been treated with a placebo (the term for an inactive treatment). The highest rate of such Invokana foot amputations were for the toes and the middle of the foot. Amputations due to defective drug brand Invokana also have been needed for the leg, both below and above the knee. A number of Invokana users even have had to have both of their legs amputated.
Invokana Kidney Failure
In addition, Invokana also has been known to cause kidney failure side effects. Invokana kidney failure can occur by its active ingredient, the drug canagliflozin, raising the risk of severe urinary tract infection, or UTI, as well as the risk of diabetic ketoacidosis leading to kidney failure.
Also known as DKA or “ketosis,” the kidney failure condition known as diabetic ketoacidosis may result in the body not getting enough glucose and thus creating more blood acids known as ketones to compensate. These ketones in turn can make the blood acidic and poisonous, leading to diabetic comas and perhaps even death.
More Possible Invokana Side Effects
Still more possible Invokana side effects include heart attacks, abdominal pain, pancreatitis, low blood pressure (hypotension), low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), skin rashes, nausea, inflammation, dehydration, constipation and increased LDL cholesterol.
FDA Warnings about Invokana
With such harmful side effects as these in mind, the FDA has issued recent warnings for consumers and their physicians about Invokana. The FDA has advised persons who use canagliflozin, or Invokana, to notify their healthcare professional at once if they develop “new pain or tenderness, sores or ulcers, or infections in your legs or feet.” The FDA also has urged healthcare professionals to keep in mind factors which could make patients more likely to require amputations after using defective drug Invokana. These contributing health factors include neuropathy, diabetic foot ulcers, peripheral vascular disease and having a history of amputation.
In addition, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, or ISMP, noted in its publication Quarter Watch that many adverse reactions to Invokana have been reported. Indeed, in the first year of sales after Invokana was released in 2013, more than 450 reports were filed about serious adverse events due to the product.
Do You Need an Invokana Amputation Lawsuit?
If your family has suffered an amputation after a family member took defective drug Invokana, do you need an Invokana amputation lawsuit? If so, you’ve come to the right place. The Willis Law Firm has lengthy experience helping Americans who were injured due to the negligence of drug makers. Such Americans have a legal right to seek payments for their injury losses by means of a defective drug lawsuit. In your case, that may mean an Invokana lawsuit for amputation of a foot or a leg.
Invokana Amputation ? - Claim the Payments You Legally Deserve
Such a lawsuit can claim the payments you legally deserve, including money for your medical and hospitalization bills, for your lost present and future wages or salary due to your injury, and for your pain and suffering.
Juries also have been know to increase awards with so-called punitive damages aimed at punishing defendants whose negligence then led to severe injuries. Large awards certainly are merited given the fact that the drug giants which peddle Invokana, Invokamet and Invokamet XR have failed to warn patients and physicians properly of their potential risks.
If patients and their physicians had been warned, patients could have been prescribed alternative medications for their type 2 diabetes and could have had their health monitored more routinely for signs of possible side effects developing. Instead, Invokana and related drugs have been sold without warnings from the manufacturers, contributing to the number of severe side effects such as leg and foot amputations. To get start, simply contact us today for a free legal consultation about your case. Then we can advise you on your chances of prevailing with a successful Invokana amputation lawsuit.
Don’t let your family’s financial future be ruined because a greedy pharmaceutical corporation made a defective drug and then failed to warn you about it. Notify our law firm today about your amputation losses due to Invokana, and get the results you deserve with an Invokana lawsuit.
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If you or loved one took Invokana and later had to have a foot or leg amputated, please contact us to learn more. All cases handled on a contingency fee basis, which means the attorneys never charge any attorneys fees or expenses unless you the client obtains a recovery. Mr. Willis is a Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyer since 1988. Please Call Toll Free 1-800-883-9858. Don't Delay or Fill Out Online Form Below.
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