Invokana Amputation Lawsuit Claims & Settlements
The Hood National Law Group is currently investigating the risk of leg and foot amputation risks along with kidney failure from the drug called Invokana (canagliflozin) by Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma and is marketed under license by Janssen, a division of Johnson & Johnson. There may be an Invokana amputation lawsuit starting with cash claims from a settlement. Contact the Hood National Law Group, today to schedule a free initial consultation.
FDA Alert for Invokana Increased Risk of Leg and Foot Amputations
In May 2017 the FDA is alerting the public about interim safety results from an ongoing clinical trial that found an increase in leg and foot amputations, mostly affecting the toes, in patients treated with the diabetes medicine canagliflozin (Invokana, Invokamet). FDA has not determined whether canagliflozin increases the risk of leg and foot amputations. FDA is currently investigating this new safety issue and will update the public when we have more information.
This is the actual text from the FDA PDF file:
What are the risks of taking Invokana?
On top of warnings from the FDA, there are more concerns when it comes to this drug. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) published a warning in their May 6th edition of Quarter Watch which warns about a number of adverse reactions being reported to the FDA about Invokana.
In the first year after Invokana was released, there were over 450 adverse event reports filed.
- 54 reports of kidney failure
- 54 cases of severe hydration or fluid imbalance
- 11 cases of kidney stones
- 50 cases or urinary tract infections
- 52 cases of abnormal weight loss
- 50 cases of hypersensitivity (swelling of the tongue, lips, throat, face)
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population, had diabetes in 2012. Diabetes is a medical condition that causes blood glucose, or sugar, levels to increase to higher than normal amounts. When a patient has diabetes, their body does not use insulin correctly, causing insulin resistance.
In March of 2013, the FDA approved Invokana for use by patients with diabetes. The company behind the drug, Johnson & Johnson, claimed it would improve glucose control in people with Type 2 diabetes. The drug is a new class of diabetes called SGLT2, or sodium-glucose co-transporter 2.
FDA Warning for Invokana and Kidney Problems
The FDA warned in May of 2015 that SGLT2 inhibitors can cause diabetic ketoacidosis. Without enough insulin, the body starts to break down fat for fuel and builds up toxic acids in the bloodstream. The signs and symptoms of this condition develop rapidly, usually within 24 hours. Some complications with diabetic ketoacidosis are low potassium, swelling in the brain, and low blood sugar. If left untreated, this condition is fatal.
Symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis:
- Frequent urination
- Excessive thirst
- Abdominal pain
- Vomiting & nausea
- Shortness of breath
- Fruity-scented breath
The FDA found around 20 cases of diabetic ketoacidosis in patients taking SGLT2 inhibitors. These cases occurred from March 2013 to June 2014 and the patients required treatment in an ER or hospital for the condition.
What is Invokana used for?
Invokana is an oral diabetes medication that helps control blood sugar levels. It works by helping the kidneys get rid of glucose from the bloodstream.
SGLT2 inhibitors work differently than traditional diabetes drugs. A typical diabetes drug tries to improve the glucose control by targeting the pancreas and liver to do several things:
- Reduce insulin resistance
- Improve insulin’s sensitivity
- Improve insulin secretion
SGLT2 inhibitors don’t work on insulin production. They target the kidneys by stopping them from reabsorbing sugar. This process allows glucose in the body to leave via the urine.
What are the Invokana side effects?
There are several side effects associated with Invokana, including:
- Kidney failure
- Risk of leg and foot amputations
- Heart attack
- Diabetic Ketoacidosis
- Genital infections
- High potassium
- Dehydration problems
What is Diabetic Ketoacidosis?
Diabetic Ketoacidosis is a serious condition that causes high levels of ketones, or blood acids, which are poisonous. This condition occurs when the body loses its ability to produce enough insulin.
Invokana Amputation Lawsuit – How to file an Invokana Claim.
If you or someone you love has suffered in any way as a result of using Invokana diabetes medication, you need to take action. You can do so by seeking the help of our Invokana lawsuit attorney & lawyers who have been holding corporations, like Janssen, accountable for the harm they have inflicted on consumers for decades.
Three recent questions about the Invokana lawsuit.
How much can you get for an Invokana lawsuit?
I lost my foot from taking Invokana, can I sue the company?
How much compensation would I get for taking Invokana for diabetes?
How much is the settlement in the Invokana lawsuit?
The answer to these questions can be difficult to predict, as the class action for this hasn’t started yet. There is still time for join in this Invokana lawsuit, but there are statutes of limitations that apply.
Some of the past defective drug lawsuits have had millions of dollars in a compensation fund, and then that is divided up between all who have joined the lawsuit. Example: $50,000,000 in a settlement fund that would serve 1,000 victims would be $50,000 per person. This is only an example and does not represent what may happen for Invokana.
Invokana Amputation Lawsuits forming in these States:
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Invokana Amputation Lawyer & Attorney for Lawsuit Claims & Settlements page updated on August 1, 2017
Sources: FDA, WebMD