Invokana® (canagliflozin) Kidney and Heart Lawsuit
U.S. F.D.A. warns consumers about dangerous side effects of the drug.
If you or a loved one were prescribed and took Invokana and then suffered kidney or heart-related side effects, you may be entitled to compensation.
May 23, 2017 - The U.S. FDA has determined that taking Invokana or Invokamet (canagliflozin metformin) can double the risk of foot and leg amputation in diabetes patients. Issuing a "boxed warning," the FDA will require manufacturers of Invokana to prominently display this warning on the drug's packaging. A boxed warning is the strongest warning the FDA requires, indicating severe or life-threatening effects. Read more about the diabetes drug being linked to amputation risk.
Invokana, marketed by Janssen Pharmaceutica, is a drug commonly prescribed to aid in treating high blood sugar (A1C) in people with type 2 diabetes. The lawsuits claim that doctors would have prescribed other drugs or treatments had they been made aware of the severity of heart and kidney side effects, including, but not limited to:
- Heart attacks
- Kidney disease
If this describes you or a loved one, the Kishish Law Group can help. Contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation by using our contact form or calling us at 1 (888) 609-4664.
The U.S. F.D.A. warns consumers about Invokana
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) approved Invokana in 2013 as the first in a class of drugs called SGLT2 inhibitors. SGLT2 is a transporter protein that aids the kidneys in retention of glucose. By inhibiting this protein, Invokana and other similar drugs cause more blood sugar to be lost during urination, helping patients control their blood sugar levels.
In 2015, the F.D.A. published a safety announcement warning consumers of Invokana about the risk for a condition called ketoacidosis. During ketoacidosis, a lack of glucose absorption causes the body to over-produce ketone bodies leading to dangerous conditions that can require hospitalization. Symptoms of ketoacidosis include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Abdominal pain
Nearly seven months later, in December 2015, the F.D.A. issued another warning about Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors. At the time of this warning, the F.D.A. had identified 73 patients who had taken SGLT2 inhibitors and then developed ketoacidosis. All of these patients required emergency treatment or hospitalization. Additionally the F.D.A. reported cases where patients taking SGLT2 inhibitors had developed serious urinary tract infections resulting in kidney infections and life-threatening blood infections. In some of these cases, patients required dialysis to treat kidney failure.
In May 2016, the F.D.A. added additional warnings about Invokana, this time reporting that clinical trials had found an increased risk for amputation of legs and feet. Although the F.D.A. acknowledged that the trial was not definitive, they still warned users of the drug to monitor themselves for "new pain or tenderness, sores or ulcers, or infections in their legs or feet." One month later, the F.D.A. revised the labels for Invokana and other similar drugs to include warnings about acute kidney injury.
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