Invokana Lawsuits Gain Momentum
When it was first released to the public in 2013, Invokana was warmly received. Individuals with Type 2 diabetes were delighted to have what looked like a safe medication they could use as a sodium-glucose co-transporter 2. It didn’t take long before concerns about the drug’s possible side effects started to be heard. In December, approximately 2 years after Invokana was made public, The FDA stated that there had been 73 reports filed against the drug and that the organization was investigating 20 complaints about the drug triggering diabetic ketoacidosis. The announcement prompted stronger warnings to be placed on bottles of Invokana.
Diabetic ketoacidosis is a serious health condition that develops when the cells are unable to process glucose and as a result, the blood becomes to acidic. Symptoms include extreme fatigue, respiratory distress, nausea, abdominal pain, and more. Many patients who have developed ketoacidosis have fallen into comas and in some cases, the condition has become terminal.
Since the FDA announced that there was a chance Invokana could trigger potentially fatal diabetic ketoacidosis, courts all over the country have been inundated with Invokana lawsuits. One such lawsuit was filed by a woman in Texas who feels that Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen subsidiary owes her $10 million after she not only developed diabetic ketoacidosis, but also kidney damage when she took the prescription drug.
Her Invokana lawsuit has been filed with the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, in it she explains how she took Invokana for approximately one month. After using the medication for that single month she was informed of both the kidney damage and the diabetic ketoacidosis, a diagnosis that prompted her to discontinue her use of Invokana. She goes on to explain how she read all the material she’d been given, which had been provided by Johnson & Johnson and Janssen prior to taking Invokana and determined it was safe for her to use. Had she fully understood the potential side effects, she wouldn’t have tried the medication.
In March, 2016, a New Jersey federal court reported that two new Invokana lawsuits had been filed. In both of the cases, plaintiffs complain of kidney damage that they feel wouldn’t have happened if they hadn’t taken Invokana.
An Invokana lawsuit file in South Carolina was filed on behalf of a man died after he suffered both kidney damage and stroke which his loved ones’ feel were brought on by Invokana, a drug he only used for about two months before his health fatally deteriorated.
Sandy A. Liebhard, a Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner, feels these cases are just the tip of the ice burg. “Our Firm continues to hear from people who claim to have suffered serious complications, including ketoacidosis and kidney damage, allegedly related to their use of Invokana and similar Type 2 diabetes drugs. It is not surprising that the litigation involving this medication is growing,”
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If you’ve taken Invokana and feel it’s taken a drastic toll on your health, you may be entitled to financial compensation. The best way to find out is by arranging a consultation with an experienced attorney.