Claim investigations are underway over kidney failure, ketoacidosis, and leg and foot amputations alleging the manufacturer of Invokana failed to warn of the increased risks. Leading Invokana lawyers expect thousands more to come forward with similar drug injury claims. If you or a loved one would like more information on potential legal action - share how you were affected here:
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The antidiabetic once-daily drug treatment Invokana was released with FDA approval in 2013 - diabetics fighting blood sugar levels were offered a first-in-class drug canagliflozin (Invokana), known as an SGLT2 inhibitor. This new class of antidiabetic drugs work by restricting the sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 membrane protein in the kidneys from absorbing less sugar from food into the bloodstream. The manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, Invokana attorneys allege - failed to warn patients and doctors about dangerous side effects of Invokana.
During the initial FDA investigation, the advisory panel shared concerns that SGLT2 inhibitors could be harmful for people with kidney problems. Two years following the release, the FDA issued an advisory warning that Invokana may cause increased risks for ketoacidosis (FDA Alert). The dangerous complication is a result of having too much acid in the blood and can lead to minor complications ranging from vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue to more serious complications including blindness, kidney damage, heart disease and nerve damage. In extreme cases it can lead to a diabetic coma and even death.
These hazardous side effects have not - to date - led to an Invokana recall announcement from the FDA. Janssen Pharmaceutical (a division of Johnson & Johnson) has been named in a billion dollar class action lawsuit over the dangerous side effects of the drug in Canada (CBC) - at the time of this writing none of the allegations have been proven in court.
The Case Against Invokana
"Leg and foot amputations occurred about twice as often in patients treated with canagliflozin..."
Following the results being released from two clinical trials, the FDA issued another safety alert to warn health professionals and patients of increased risk for leg and foot amputations (FDA Alert). The CANVAS (Canagliflozin Cardiovascular Assessment Study) showed being treated with the diabetes drug results in patients being 2X more likely to suffer leg and foot amputations as opposed to participants who took a placebo.
Thousands of claims have been filed against Johnson & Johnson, with lawsuit claims having been consolidated in New Jersey into a multi-district-litigation (MDL) where lawyers will gather the evidence in a combined national discovery process. In the court filings attorneys claim Invokana is defective and that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn of the increased risks for kidney failure, ketoacidosis, and amputation. The complaint argues Johnson & Johnson was negligent in the manufacture of the drug and alleges the company concealed evidence of the dangers from the public and the government and misrepresented it's safety.
If you or someone you love suffer from type-2 diabetes, and was treated with Invokana and experienced harmful side effects - we urge you to share what happened with our dangerous drug attorneys right away.
While a large group settlement for serious injuries may be on the horizon, the group litigation is still currently pending. The consolidated federal claims will be heard, the arguments made, and the facts and evidence compiled and reviewed during discovery as the mass tort case proceeds along with the investigation. Similar product liability lawsuits have resulted in huge settlements to claimants once the manufacturers full risk for liability is exposed. In other dangerous drug legal actions the case is tried before a jury and the winning legal judgment entitled claimants to significant financial recovery.
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Among the possible conclusions you can expect involving Invokana claims: pre-trial settlement compensating group claimants who suffered included injuries, if no negotiated settlement is reached by plaintiffs attorneys the case will be tried before a jury. In the case of a jury trial, a winning jury verdict may award damages to plaintiffs over suffered complications. In cases like Invokana, the case is tried as a group, but if victorious and a judgment in favor of plaintiffs finds manufacturer liability the cases are resolved individually according to the severity of injuries. The process is similar to how class action lawsuits work except compensation is resolved individually based on the nature and serious of injuries each plaintiff sustained.
If you or someone you loved suffered complications involving Invokana, you may be able to claim compensation y adding your complaint to the pending federal litigation. Depending on the nature of your injuries, your legal representation may decide to file an individual legal action.Review My Case Now
The updated safety advisory warnings issued by the FDA and study data initiated increased legal scrutiny from some of the nation's leading defective product law firms. Seeking more information, mass tort lawyers began investigating adverse effect claims involving Invokana and encouraging patients treated with the drug to come forward and share what complications they experienced which may be related. Among the most serious harmful risks caused by Invokana are ketoacidosis (which can lead to leg and foot amputations), kidney damage, heart attacks and death.
Kidney Failure: The kidneys serve to filter the blood of waste products and maintain healthy blood. Kidney failure is a very serious condition which can result in the need for regular dialysis or require a kidney transplant. Some of the documented Invokana side effects which may indicate kidney failure can include: Fatigue, lethargy, confusion, nausea, shortness of breath, abnormal heart rhythms. In severe cases it can lead to sudden death.
Ketoacidosis: This condition is a result of toxic levels of acid accumulating in the bloodstream. When the body has insufficient levels of insulin it is forced to use ketones to break down fat as an alternate source of energy. The resulting excess buildup of ketones can result in toxic acidity levels which can lead cause patients to fall into a diabetic coma and be fatal. A failure to diagnose and treat diabetic ketoacidosis can lead to leg amputations or the amputation of the feet and/or toes being required resulting from complications.
Canagliflozin available under brand names Invokana and Invokamet was linked to increased risk of ketoacidosis and urinary tract infections, and an FDA alert addressed the results of an ongoing trial which found patients treated with canagliflozin to be more likely to require leg, foot or toe amputations. (CANVAS-R Trial - Invokana Amputation Study)
The CANVAS study involved a total of 10,142 patients and combined the data across two trials of randomized patients.Review My Case Now
Compensation may be possible for individuals who suffered an amputation which resulted from ketoacidosis complications caused by taking Invokana or a similar drug. To be eligible, victims must have taken the diabetes drug and suffered kidney failure or damage which caused the subsequent loss of limb, foot or toes resulting from ketoacidosis. Pending litigation revolves around the FDA issued black box warning and the manufacturer's alleged failure to warn patients of unforeseen risks. While the Invokana lawsuit status remains active, patients who suffered an amputation may add their claim to those already filed to claim any resulting financial compensation recovered.
To Be Eligible You Must Have Taken One of The Following Involved Medications:
- Invokana (Canagliflozin)
- Invokamet (Canagliflozin Metformin)
- Jardiance (Empagliflozin)
- Xigduo XR (Dapagliflozin Metformin)
- Farxiga (Dapagliflozin)
- Glyxambi (Empagliflozin Empagliflozin)
What year did you start taking this medication?
- Amputation: 2013 - Current
- Ketoacidosis: 2013 - Jan 2016
- Kidney Failure: 2013 - Current
Eligibility to sue for compensation is not limited to amputation as a cause for action - if you suffered a diabetic coma, an unforeseen injury, or someone you died you may qualify to join the national litigation and should share what happened with our Invokana attorneys right away. Victims and families affected may have the right to take legal action against Invokana, and our attorneys are expecting thousands more to come forward with claims in the coming months.Review My Case Now
If Invokana was taken, and you or a loved one have experienced complications it is vital you speak with our Invokana lawyers immediately. There is a limited time that you can file your claim based on the statute of limitations, it is crucial that you act now before it is too late. Share what happened with a qualified attorney who will review the details of your case and answer your questions regarding the legal merits of your case.
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