An Oregon Invokana lawsuit may be an option for people who developed serious complications after taking SGLT2 inhibitors and similar type 2 diabetes medications. Millions of Americans suffer from diabetes. Together with diet and exercise, Invokana is used to treat adults with diabetes, however, the drug has been linked to serious complications, including ketoacidosis. Affected patients and their families may be eligible to file a lawsuit and recover compensation with the help of an Oregon Invokana lawsuit attorney.
For more information, contact the Attorney Group for Oregon 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 Oregon Invokana lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
What is Invokana?
Invokana, also known as canaglifozin, is a prescription medication used to treat type 2 diabetes. When used in addition to proper diet and exercise, Invokana works with the kidneys to help reduce some sugar through urination. Invokana is not for people who suffer from type 1 diabetes, and it is not known if Invokana is safe for people under the age of 18.
Invokana is a type of drug known as a sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2). These types of drugs are designed to help improve glycemic control. SGLT2 inhibitors work by blocking the reabsorption of glucose in the kidneys, increasing glucose excretion and lowering blood glucose levels. Invokana is the first drug in its class to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Several FDA warnings and safety communications have noted the serious risks associated with Invokana, including:
- In June 2016, the FDA strengthened its existing Invokana warning to include information regarding acute kidney injury. According to the safety communication, the agency received reports of 101 confirmable cases of acute kidney injury, some of which required hospitalization or dialysis.
- Results from ongoing clinical trials prompted the FDA to alert the public about an increase in foot and leg amputations, mostly affecting the toes, in patients who were treated with Invokana.
- In a safety communication issued in December 2015, the FDA added warnings to the labels of SGLT2 inhibitors, including Invokana, to include information about the risk of too much acid in the blood, a condition known as ketoacidosis, and urinary tract infections. Symptoms of ketoacidosis include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, tiredness and trouble breathing. Symptoms of a urinary tract infection include burning sensation while urinating, pain in the lower part of the stomach, fever, or blood in the urine.
In addition, the FDA has released information regarding other risks and adverse reactions including impairment in renal function, hypersensitivity reactions, risk of bone fracture, and genital mycotic infections. When such risks and side effects begin to develop, patients and health care professionals are urged to report them to the FDA MedWatch program.
Invokana Side Effects
In addition to serious risks associated with Invokana, the drug has been linked to other side effects as well, including:
- Vaginal yeast infection
- Yeast infection of the penis
- High amounts of potassium in the blood (hyperkalemia)
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
Invokana Lawsuit Claims
An Invokana lawsuit filed in July 2016 claims that, as a result of the defective nature of the medication, people who have been prescribed Invokana may develop and suffer from severe injuries, including diabetic ketoacidosis, stroke, heart disease and severe kidney damage. According to the lawsuit, the drug makers knew of the significant risk of diabetic ketoacidosis and did not adequately warn consumers or the medical community. The plaintiff claims that injuries suffered were preventable and that the drug makers negligently, recklessly and carelessly marketed the drug without warning of the serious side effects associated with the drug.
How an Oregon 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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