For people living with type 2 diabetes, the right medication can make all the difference in their ability to maintain a healthy life. One of these medications that is prescribed by doctors is Invokana, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. While this drug helps many patients manage their disease more effectively, Invokana has been linked to increased risks of kidney failure and ketoacidosis, which is characterized by dangerously high blood acid levels. A North Carolina Invokana lawsuit may be an option for people injured by Invokana and other diabetes medications.
If you or a loved one suffered severe side effects after taking Invokana, contact Attorney Group for North Carolina today to learn more about your options. We offer free, confidential, no-obligation consultations. We can answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated Invokana lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 30 million Americans had diabetes in 2012, with 1.4 million new diagnoses each year. Currently the seventh leading cause of death in the country, getting diabetes under control is a real concern for patients. Typical treatment for type 2 diabetes involves regular blood glucose testing. Diabetes prevents the body from using insulin properly, and because insulin is needed to regulate blood sugar levels, those with the disease are unable to keep their blood glucose levels in a healthy range.
If blood glucose becomes too high and builds up in the body, it can begin to damage organs, including the eyes, heart and kidneys, as well as the nerves. Some patients are able to control their blood sugar by eating a healthy diet and adding exercise to their daily routine, but others need medication or insulin to stay within a healthy range.
What is Invokana?
Invokana is one of the first of a new type of diabetes medication released by Johnson & Johnson in March, 2013. As a sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitor (SGLT2), this medication works by using the kidneys to excrete excess sugar in urine, according to the drug’s website. This allows patients to more effectively lower blood glucose levels, preventing buildup within the body.
Risks Associated with Invokana
In the January 2016 Quarter Watch published by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, it was reported that some patients taking Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors, were experiencing diabetic ketoacidosis, which occurs when too many ketones, a type of acid, accumulate in the bloodstream. This is a serious condition which can lead to a coma and other complications. In addition to ketoacidosis, Invokana may also cause genital fungal, kidney or urinary tract infections, due to the elevated amount of sugar passed through the urine.
Furthermore, the FDA released a safety communication in May 2015, warning patients and medical professionals of the potential for ketoacidosis caused by Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors, followed with an announcement in December 2015, of the results of a safety review. The review found 73 cases of ketoacidosis between May 2013 and May 2015. As a result of the review, the drug makers were required to add an additional warning to Invokana labels.
Invokana risks may include the following injuries or complications:
- Ketoacidosis, which may lead to diabetic coma or death
- 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 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.
How a North Carolina Invokana Lawsuit Attorney Can Help
Drug manufacturers have a duty to ensure their products are accompanied by full and accurate instructions and warnings to guide prescribing doctors and other health care providers in making treatment decisions. If a drug maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
Patients who have been injured by Invokana may be entitled to compensation for damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Loss of income or ability to work
If a patient dies from complications after taking Invokana, his or her family members may be able to pursue claims for their loved one’s wrongful death. Compensation may include:
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from the loss of a loved one
- Loss of financial support of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
Affected patients are encouraged to speak with a North Carolina Invokana lawsuit attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
Contact Us For More Information
For more information, contact Attorney Group for North Carolina for more information. You can fill out the form on this page, call us at the number listed at the top of the page, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you contact us, an attorney will follow up with you to speak with you about your case or answer questions that you might have. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and any information you provide will be kept confidential.
Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.
See our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information, and contact Attorney Group for North Carolina today.