Invokana Litigation Heading to Trial
Those who trusted the Type 2 diabetes drug, Invokana or Invokamet, but ended up with the deadly side effect of diabetic ketoacidosis are getting their time in court. According to a Case Management Order dated May 1st, the U.S. District Court of New Jersey established a discovery schedule. This schedule will address the selection of cases for the litigation’s bellwether trials.
The litigation combines almost 250 cases involving Invokana or Invokamet in the District of New Jersey. In September 2018, the bellwether trial will begin. Bellwethers provide valuable insight on how a jury may rule on the entire case against the pharmaceutical company.
Invokana & Diabetic Ketoacidosis
The reason for these cases are many people used Invokana or Invokamet and experienced a deadly complication — diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). Around 14% of all diabetics end up in the hospital from this side effect. The illness can lead to common ad even death. Researchers linked over 16% of all diabetes-related deaths to DKA.DKA occurs when the body starts using fats as fuel instead of sugar or glucose. Insulin aids the body in using sugar as fuel, but when a person has diabetes the body cannot use sugar for fuel. Instead, it uses fat. When the body breaks down the fat, it causes the body to produce acidic chemicals. These chemicals are ketones. When ketones build up, they poison the body. Then, organs can start to malfunction.
Invokana Litigation & Clear Evidence of Harm
According to the FDA, there were at least 20 cases of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) associated with Invokana or Invokamet within 15 months. All these cases require visas to the emergency room or hospitalization.
That is nothing compared to the almost 500 serious adverse events reported to the FDA between March 2013 and March 2014, as documented by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. This was 92% higher than all other medications. This report also clearly states that manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson knew that Invokana was dangerous and didn’t warm anyone. This means there is a clear evidence of harm.
When there is a clear evidence of harm, you deserve to be compensated.
Do I Have a Lawsuit?
If you experienced diabetic ketoacidosis after taking Invokana or Invokamet, you may be entitled to compensation. The Michael Brady Lynch Firm knows how to go up against large pharmaceutical companies and receive multi-million dollar settlements for our clients. When choosing a firm to represent you, pick one that is knowledgeable and has the resources to try your case. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation with an attorney who will direct you every step of the way. Let us fight for you.