Invokana (Canagliflozin) is a type 2 diabetes drug made by Johnson and Johnson along with Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The drug can be used with diet and exercise to combat the effects of type 2 diabetes, lowering blood sugar levels. Side effects of the drug have been noted as increased incidences of urinary tract infections, genital fungal infections and higher LDL cholesterol levels.
In recent years there have been a number of cases linked to Invokana that have included serious medical issues. This includes limb loss, heart attacks and kidney damage. As a result, the FDA has issued warnings about the drug and lawsuits against Johnson and Johnson have been filed.
The injury attorneys at Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you in Phoenix have significant experience in helping clients who have been affected by Invokana. Our offices are conveniently located in nearby Chandler, Peoria, and North Phoenix, and we can meet in-person or over the phone or video call. You can contact us for a free consultation, or you can read on to find out more.
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Is Invokana Being Taken off the Market?
While the FDA has issued a total of 5 separate warnings about Invokana, in May 2015, September 2015, June 2016, May 2017 and August 2018, it remains available on the market and the FDA has issued no recall at this time.
What Are the Dangers of Invokana?
There are a number of conditions that have been associated with Invokana that range from significant health issues to life threatening illness. These include a condition known as Fournier’s Gangrene, which begins with an infection around the genital area in both men and women and quickly spreads throughout the body causing extensive damage and even potentially death.
Other problems include loss of toes and feet, as well as diabetic ketoacidosis- another life-threatening illness that causes high levels of blood acid to form, causing dehydration, brain swelling and comas.
In addition, people who take Invokana have a higher risk of kidney problems, kidney failure, and acute pancreatitis—a severe inflammation that causes extreme pain.
Is Invokana a Safe Drug?
Since the issues involved became clearer, the FDA have issued several warnings including a requirement to place a warning about potential toe and foot loss on the box. While these side effects are severe if they occur, they remain relatively rare. Whether that means the drug is safe will always be down to personal choice and whether the medical benefits outweigh the risks. Always consult your doctor before starting or stopping medication.
How Do I Know if I’m Eligible for an Invokana Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one have been taking Invokana and have had severe side effects as described, whether that is amputation, ketoacidosis, or Fournier’s Gangrene, you may qualify for a lawsuit against Johnson and Johnson.
Although Invokana has not been withdrawn from the market, it may be too late for many of the people who took the drug. People who had life changing complications due to Invokana deserve justice, and the attorneys at Phoenix Injury and Accident Law Firm in your area are here to help you achieve it.
What Can You Recover From an Invokana Lawsuit?
Those who file a lawsuit and are awarded a settlement may recover the cost of the medical bills incurred during treatment. In addition, they may recover lost earnings from being unable to work, emotional damages, pain and suffering, and other financial costs that have been incurred.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
A lawyer can help establish if you have a case against Johnson and Johnson for costs and damages and bring that action to court on your behalf.
If you’ve suffered from negative side effects from Invokana, Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you can help you seek compensation. We work on a contingency basis; we don’t get paid unless you get paid. When you’re ready to move forward with your claim, please contact our office, conveniently located in your area.
Leveraging our 20+ years of winning claims against goliath insurance companies, we know how to move heaven and earth to get you fairly compensated for your unbearable loss. We know that only then will you be able to close this painful chapter and start a new one, stronger and bolder than before.