Invokana Kidney & Bladder Cancer
Type 2 diabetes is a medical condition affecting over 9% of the population or an estimated 28 million Americans. The most common drug to treat Type 2 diabetes is Invokana. Manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, Invokana is the brand name of the drug canagliflozin, which is a sodium glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitor. This class of Type 2 diabetes drugs lowers blood sugar by causing the kidneys to remove sugar from the body via urine.
In March 2013, the FDA approved the drug, however by May 2015 they were warning that this drug may lead to devastating side effects like kidney and bladder cancer.
Invokana Kidney & Bladder Cancer Studies
eHealthMe compiled a report of people taking Invokana. The report discovered men aged 60 years of age or older taking the medication for 6-12 months are more likely to develop kidney or bladder cancer. This isn’t the only study making the link. Multiple studies for the past three years shows that patients taking the medication had almost a six times risk of bladder or kidney cancer.
Invokana Kidney & Bladder Cancer Symptoms
Bladder cancer is the 6th most common cancer in America. Males between the ages of 65 and 85 are more likely to have this type of cancer, which has three main types: transitional cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and adenocarcinoma. The symptoms include:
- Blood in the urine
- Pain in the side or back
- Pain during urination
- Frequent urination
Then, kidney cancer is the 7th most common form of cancer, however, it affects men and women of all ages. The two most common types are renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and transitional cell carcinoma (TCC). The symptoms of kidney cancer are:
- Blood in the urine
- Mass in the abdomen
- Persistent sweating
- Constant pain in the abdomen
- Weight loss
Invokana manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceutical, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has netted almost $1 billion in profits from Invokana in the last year alone. Meanwhile, the number of individuals injured by Invokana have begun to accumulate. They have begun to file consumer protection lawsuits against the pharmaceutical giant. Janssen has known the dangers of Invokana for years. In 2012 in early clinical trials, the cancers risks first surfaced. In fact, the FDA only granted approval with the condition that drug makers would conduct additional safety testing called post-marketing studies.
However, none of the manufacturers have added warnings about cancer. If a doctor diagnosed you with kidney or bladder cancer after taking Invokana, contact us today to speak directly with a lawyer about getting the justice you deserve.
When manufacturers produce unsafe products that create pain and suffering, you deserve compensation. Although no amount of money will change the fact that you have suffered a serious injury as a result of manufacturer irresponsibility, compensation will help offset your current and future medical costs, as well as provide for the pain and suffering you have experienced. By filing, you may also help protect other people and their families from needless distress.
How We Can Help
When you experience side effects from a dangerous drug, it can have devastating effects on your entire life. You may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and damages. The types of losses include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of an ability to work; and
- Pain and suffering
However, if a person dies from complications from a drug, family members may be able to recover damages for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses prior to death
- Loss of economic support; and
- Loss of companionship
Therefore, if a jury finds the conduct of a drug company in manufacturing and selling a drug to be highly reckless, they may award punitive damages to punish the company and deter similar conduct in the future. If you developed kidney damage after taking Invokana, please speak to us to learn more about your rights.
Also, case evaluations are free of cost and without obligation. Call us today at (888) 585-5970 or contact us online to speak with an attorney about your options. We may be able to get you the help you need.