A Massachusetts Invokana lawsuit may be an option for people injured by SGLT2 inhibitors and similar type 2 diabetes medications. When people who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes require medication to lower their blood sugar, many doctors have prescribed Invokana. While taking this drug helps many diabetics manage their disease more effectively, some patients allege that it has caused serious health issues including ketoacidosis, a dangerous increase in the blood’s acidity level, as well as other complications. A Massachusetts Invokana lawsuit may be an option for people injured by Invokana and other diabetes medications.
For more information, contact Attorney Group for Massachusetts today. Our consultations are free, confidential and without any obligation on your part. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated Massachusetts Invokana lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
The complications of type 1 and type 2 diabetes are serious. They include heart disease, and patients tend to get less warning of impending strokes than patients who do not have diabetes. Amputations of feet or legs may also occur if a person’s diabetes is not in check. However, type 1 and type 2 diabetes are not the same conditions. For example, type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented and is irreversible. On the other hand, type 2 diabetes can be prevented and even reversed through lifestyle choices such as exercise and eating better.
In type 1, a person’s body does not produce sufficient insulin or any insulin at all, as the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases explains. Often, type 1 diabetes appears during a person’s childhood. In type 2, which can occur at any time from childhood until the later stages of life, a person’s pancreas is dealing with insulin resistance. In both types of diabetes, lifestyle changes and medications are common treatment approaches. Cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels are closely monitored.
How Invokana Is Supposed to Help with Type 2 Diabetes
As the Invokana website states, it is important for patients to take their Invokana medication precisely as their doctors prescribe. Invokana is an SGLT inhibitor and reduces/regulates blood sugar through urination. It is approved for type 2 diabetes treatment only, and patients typically take one dose per day via the mouth. Many patients experience the positive side effect of weight loss, with an average weight loss of 3 percent, but the company states that the drug is not intended for that purpose.
Invokana Side Effects
Several separate studies looking at the link between Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors and an increased risk of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) were published in 2015. This life-threatening condition occurs when blood sugar levels become so low that the body resorts to burning fat as an alternative energy source. Ketones are acids that are the result of the broken down fat, and when they are present in the blood in high levels, they can become poisonous, leading to coma and even death.
One such study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that SGLT2 inhibitors, when used in conjunction with insulin, could result in hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. In each of the studies, researchers determined that the risk of developing DKA was increased when taking SGLT2 inhibitors.
Many of these studies were conducted following the release of a safety announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in May of 2015. In the announcement, the FDA referenced 20 different cases of DKA that had been reported to the administration’s FDA Adverse Event Reporting System. In all 20 cases, patients had been using SGLT2 inhibitors, including Invokana, to help control their diabetes. In December 2015, the FDA issued a requirement that the labels of these types of drugs be altered to include warnings of the increased risk of developing ketoacidosis.
Invokana risks may include the following injuries or complications:
- Ketoacidosis, which may lead to diabetic coma or death
- Cardiovascular complications
- Kidney damage or failure
- Bone fracture risk
- Decreased bone mineral density
The FDA have also reported that clinical trials have revealed that Invokana and other type 2 diabetes medication, have a higher risk of bone fractures than was previously identified. This was particularly seen among patients who have other medical issues contributing to low bone density. Even though the drug label already includes a warning about the potential for an adverse reaction, the FDA found it necessary to issue a Warning and Precaution to health care professionals and patients.
Invokana Lawsuit Claims
People have filed Invokana lawsuits because they feel that Janssen Pharmaceuticals (part of Johnson & Johnson) did not do its due diligence in warning people of possible Invokana side effects such as kidney failure and ketoacidosis. This is the case in lawsuits filed in 2015 and 2016 in both Canada and the United States. In Alabama, a plaintiff says that she developed ketoacidosis after being on Invokana only a brief time. The patient began Invokana in 2014, and drug labels back then did not warn of the condition.
How a Massachusetts Invokana Lawsuit Attorney Can Help
Drug makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their products, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a drug maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
People injured by bad drugs may be eligible to recover money for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
The families of those who have died may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
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