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 Pennsylvania Invokana lawsuit may be an option for people injured by Invokana and other type 2 diabetes medications.
If you or a loved one suffered severe side effects after taking Invokana, contact Attorney Group for Pennsylvania today to learn more about your options. We offer free, confidential, no-obligation consultations. We can answer your questions, and if you wish to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated Invokana lawyer in Pennsylvania who can assist you throughout the legal process.
What is Invokana?
The body needs glucose, which is a sugar, to provide energy for muscle and tissue cells. The blood delivers glucose along with a hormone known as insulin, which regulates how much sugar is in the blood. People with type 2 diabetes have too much sugar building up in the bloodstream, and the insulin is insufficient to regulate it.
Invokana is part of a class of drugs called SGLT2 inhibitors, which includes other drugs such as Farxiga and Glyxambi that are used to help regulate blood sugar levels in adult patients with Type 2 diabetes. This class of drugs, however, is not approved to treat Type 1 diabetes patients. Along with other members of the SGLT2 inhibitor class, Invokana works by triggering the kidneys to take sugar from the body through the urine to lower blood sugar levels.
Invokana was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2013 and is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson.
Invokana Risks And Side Effects
In December 2015, the FDA released a safety communication that included warnings for Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors. The agency cautioned that taking Invokana may lead to an increased risk of ketoacidosis, a serious condition where the body produces high levels of blood acids call ketones, a condition that may require hospitalization. Severe ketoacidosis has been known to lead to an Invokana coma, and there have even been cases of individuals dying as a result of the condition. The condition develops because the cells are not provided with enough glucose, so the body burns fat instead. That process creates chemicals known as ketones, which can be toxic.
Other Invokana side effects have been the focus of FDA warnings. The agency has warned of the risks of decreased bone mineral density and bone fractures related to the diabetes drug. Although an increased risk of bone fractures was noted on the original label, the FDA found that fractures are more common for those who are taking the drug. The drug label has since been revised with an additional warning and precaution.
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
Pennsylvania Invokana Lawsuit
Invokana lawyers in Pennsylvania and across the country are currently reviewing potential cases of patients who took SGLT2 inhibitors such as Invokana and claim to have suffered ketoacidosis or other complications.
The Attorney Group for Pennsylvania can connect you with an experienced Invokana lawyer who can help you throughout the legal process
Injured Patients May Be Entitled to Compensation
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 Pennsylvania Invokana lawsuit attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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