A Virginia 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 Virginia Invokana lawsuit may be an option for people injured by Invokana and other diabetes medications.
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Treating Type 2 Diabetes
According to the American Diabetes Association, type 2 diabetes is caused by a resistance to insulin. When a person with type 2 diabetes consumes foods containing sugar or carbohydrates, glucose builds up in the blood. Without the ability to properly produce enough insulin to decrease the amount of glucose present in the body, additional assistance is required through exercise, dietary changes and often the use of prescription medication.
Left untreated, type 2 diabetes can cause consistently elevated blood sugar levels, which may lead to eye complications, such as cataracts or glaucoma, neuropathy in the feet, or infections of the skin, including styes, folliculitis or boils.
How Do SGLT2 Inhibitors Work?
One type of blood sugar lowering medication that has become increasingly popular since its release to the public in 2013 is Invokana. According to Diabetes in Control, this drug belongs to a new class of diabetes medication called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors. SGLT2 inhibitors promote the reabsorption of glucose in the kidneys, effectively removing it from the bloodstream where it can increase blood glucose levels. The excess sugar is then excreted from the body in the urine.
What Is Ketoacidosis?
MedlinePlus states that some patients who have been prescribed Invokana for help controlling their blood glucose levels claim to have suffered from diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). 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.
Invokana Side Effects
Several separate studies looking at the link between Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors and an increase risk of DKA were published in 2015. 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 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 Lawsuits Filed
A recent product liability lawsuit filed against Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals in New Jersey alleges that the plaintiff developed DKA, along with severe kidney damage while prescribed Invokana. The lawsuit claims that the drug makers’ insufficient warnings relating to the risk of DKA were fraudulent and misleading.
How a Virginia 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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