Diabetes Drug Invokana

Memphis Dangerous Drug Attorneys Protecting the Rights of Those Injured from Taking Diabetes Drug Invokana

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If you take the diabetes drug Invokana and you have seen the warnings about the potential dangers of taking it, or if you have been suffering from adverse effects of Invokana and are wondering what to do, there is help available for you. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a Black Box warning about the increased risk of amputation for those who take Invokana, but there are additional safety concerns related to the diabetes medication that should concern those who have been taking the drug.

If you have been taking Invokana or another SGLT2 inhibitor diabetes drug, you may have grounds for a product liability lawsuit due to the pharmaceutical company’s failure to warn consumers of the possible adverse effects of taking the drug. At the Tennessee personal injury law firm of Bailey & Greer PLLC, we offer free case reviews, and you pay nothing unless we are successful in recovering compensation for you.

What is the danger of Invokana diabetes medication?

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2013, Invokana was the first of a new class of medications to treat type 2 diabetes. Invokana was marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, as a drug that would, “reduce blood glucose by acting on the kidneys as a ‘glucuretic’ increasing the loss of glucose in the urine.” The new class of type 2 diabetes medicines were sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2 inhibitors) with the generic canagliflozin.

While canagliflozin was shown to be successful at controlling excess blood glucose and lowering A1C (a measure of blood sugar), reports of dangerous adverse effects were reported such as ketoacidosis, which is too much acid in the blood; kidney disease; and bone fracture risk because of decreased bone mineral density.

Other adverse effects linked to taking Invokana include the following:

  • Kidney injury and failure
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Amputations below the knee

FDA Black Box warning about Invokana

The FDA issued a Black Box warning for Invokana in 2015 related to the increased risk of bone fracture due to decreased bone density. The warning urged consumers who were taking the drug to consult with their healthcare professionals to weigh the benefits against the risks.

Invokana lawsuits

Consumers who have suffered injuries from adverse effects of taking Invokana have filed federal, state, and class-action lawsuits against Janssen Pharmaceuticals seeking compensation. These lawsuits are still pending and have not yet gone to trial. Because of the large number of product liability cases for similar injuries against the same defendant, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has consolidated the Invokana cases into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) No. 2750 in New Jersey before Judge Brian R. Martinotti. The plaintiffs in these cases allege that Janssen Pharmaceuticals failed to warn consumers of the risks of adverse effects from taking Invokana. The plaintiffs also allege that Janssen Pharmaceuticals failed to adequately test the drugs to ensure their safety. Finally, the plaintiffs allege that the pharmaceutical company was negligent in manufacturing a defective drug.

The six bellwether trials which serve as test cases are set to begin in 2018.

Know your rights after you have been hurt by a defective drug like Invokana

If you or someone you care about has suffered an injury from taking Invokana or another SGLT2 inhibitor, you may want to consult with an experienced Memphis defective drug attorney right away. We will investigate your case and advocate for your right to recover compensation for your injuries.

Schedule a free consultation to discuss your defective drug case today

The Memphis medical products liability attorneys at Bailey & Greer, PLLC, handle injury cases statewide. If you want to make sure your rights are protected in a defective drug case, you are welcome to call us toll free at 901-680-9777 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We are here to help you win your case and recover your losses.