Invokana Lawsuits Grow
In the past month, there have been almost 100 new cases filed in the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey alone. These cases join the nearly 800 ones still pending there. These numbers are expecting to grow even more in the coming months as more people are injured from the Type 2 diabetes medication.
Invokana was the first in a new class of drug for Type 2 diabetics. It was supposed to help people easily manage their diabetes without insulin by lowering blood sugar by causing the kidneys to remove sugar from the body via urine. This prevents blood from reabsorbing the sugar. In March 2013, the FDA approved Invokana. However, by May 2015 they were warning that Invokana may lead to devastating side effects.
Invokana & Amputation
Based on new data from two large clinical trials, the FDA issued a new Black Box warning for the Type 2 diabetes drug, Invokana, Invokamet and Invokamet XR. Both studies the organization reviewed showed an increased risk of leg and foot amputations to patients using Invokana. Because of this, the FDA required Invokana to have a Black Box warning, the most severe warning the FDA can give, about leg and foot amputations.
The FDA made the decision after reviewing two large studies the CANVAS (Canagliflozin Cardiovascular Assessment Study) and CANVAS-R (A Study of the Effects of Canagliflozin on Renal Endpoints in Adult Participants with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus). CANVAS found that 7 out of 1,000 patients taking Invokana will need lower-limb amputation. This is a twofold risk of amputation. Invokana is the best-selling inhibitor drug on the market for Type 2 diabetes. Therefore, hundreds of thousands of people who take Invokana are completely unaware that a seemingly innocent cut on a toe, may lead to amputation because of their Invokana use.
Invokana & Kidney Damage
While using Invokana, the kidneys remove sugar from the body. Kidneys also filter waste products from the bloodstream. However, when Invokana damages the kidneys, they can stop functioning. When the kidneys fail, a buildup of waste in the blood may occur. Dialysis is needed to reverse the effects of kidney failure.
From the time the FDA approved Invokana, they received 101 reports of acute kidney injury. Of these cases, 96 patients required hospitalization. Twenty-two required intensive care. Four patients died while hospitalized. In about 50 percent of these cases, acute kidney injury occurred within one month or less of starting the drug.
According to the FDA, 56 of these patients discontinued the medications and saw some improvement, but it warned that kidney injury is not reversible in all situations.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by Invokana, you need an attorney with experience helping people who have been harmed by pharmaceutical drugs. The attorneys at the Michael Brady Lynch Firm know what it takes to go up against drug manufacturers to get clients what they need.
If the conduct of a drug company in manufacturing and selling drug is found to be highly reckless, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the company and deter similar conduct in the future. If you developed complications after taking Invokana, please speak to us to learn more about your rights.
At the present time, The Michael Brady Lynch Firm is concentrating on Pennsylvania. This is the location where our cases are pending against the makers of Invokana. As of June 2016, plaintiffs filed approximately 41 cases Philadelphia for those living all across the country. This will most likely mean a mass tort consolidation at the Federal level is imminent.
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