A Washington Invokana lawsuit may be an option for people injured by the SGLT2 inhibitor or 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 the 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 Washington Invokana lawsuit may be an option for people injured by Invokana and other type 2 diabetes medications.
For more information, contact Attorney Group for Washington. We offer free, confidential, no obligation consultations. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a case we can connect you with an affiliated Invokana lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
What is Type 2 Diabetes?
According to the American Diabetes Association, insulin is a substance produced by the body that keeps the sugar in the blood at normal levels. However, sometimes the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin and the blood sugar level rises. This failure is triggered when the pancreas makes too much insulin to compensate for the misuse of the substance by the body. This condition is termed by doctors as type 2 diabetes. Eventually, people with the condition may need to take medication if their changes in their diet and exercise prove ineffective. It is considered the most common form of diabetes.
How Does Invokana Help?
Invokana was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2013 and is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and is part of a new group of medications called sodium-glucose co-transporter 2, or SGLT2, inhibitors, according to Diabetes in Control. The body processes carbohydrates and turns them into glucose, which is transported through the blood to different areas of the body and used for cellular energy. Most of the processing is done in the kidneys and supported by the SGLT2 proteins.
Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas to control this process, but in type 2 diabetes patients a medicine must take over that role. The inhibiting medication restricts glucose absorption, causing the amount within the blood to increase and muscles to become more sensitive to the presence of glucose and absorb more of it, thus maintaining a lower overall blood glucose level.
Invokana Risks and Side Effects
While this drug can help patients manage type 2 diabetes and avoid the life-threatening consequences associated with the disease, there are also issues that can arise from use of the medicine itself. The official site for Invokana states that there are some possible effects that are more serious, including:
- Infections of the urinary tract that require hospitalization
- Infection of the penis or vagina
- Excessive ketone levels in the urine or blood (ketoacidosis)
- Dehydration due to increased urination
- Issues with kidney function
In 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.
Invokana and Bone Fracture Risk
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
Invokana Lawsuits Filed
Prior to December 2015, warning labels on Invokana made no mention of serious urinary tract infections, kidney damage and ketoacidosis. As more patients reported experiencing complications with the medication, the FDA required manufacturers to revise labels and include warnings concerning these issues.
According to the FDA, during its first 14 months on the market, there were 20 reported incidents of patients developing diabetic ketoacidosis that required hospitalization or emergency treatment. Since that time, additional cases have been reported as patients continue to use the medication.
Invokana lawsuits allege that the manufacturer of Invokana failed to warn patients and physicians of the increased risks of kidney failure, myocardial infarction (heart attacks), and ketoacidosis when taking Invokana. The lawsuits state that if the manufacturer had properly warned medical professionals, then the doctors would have prescribed a medication other than Invokana for patients with type 2 diabetes.
The Attorney Group for Washington can connect you with an experienced Invokana lawyer who can help you throughout the legal process.
How a Washington Invokana Lawsuit 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 Invokana 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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