Invokana Injury Lawsuit. Martha Williams, from Tennessee, recently filed an Invokana product liability and personal injury lawsuit against Janssen Pharmaceuticals and it’s parent company, Johnson & Johnson. According to Williams, in her Invokana injury lawsuit, the serious side effects of Invokana caused her to develop acute renal failure, and urinary tract infection.
What is Invokana?
Invokana (canagliflozin) is a new type 2 diabetic medication released in March 2013, and has been touted by Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson as being superior to the older types of diabetic medications.
Invokana increases the amount of sugar excreted in the urine. Invokana has been plagued by the FDA, who has required several Invokana warning updates.
Williams in her Invokana injury lawsuit claims that the drug makers failed to adequately research the medication or warn patients and doctors about the potential health risks with Invokana.
FDA Invokana Warnings
In December 2015, the FDA required Johnson & Johnson to add new diabetic ketoacidosis warnings to Invokana, highlighting that the medication significantly increases the risk of this potentially deadly condition. Patients were advised by the FDA to stop taking Invokana and seek medical attention immediately if they have any symptoms of ketoacidosis, a serious condition in which the body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones. The FDA warning included data about severe urinary tract infections from Invokana use.
A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine confirmed the findings.
In June 2016, the FDA required additional label warnings about the link between Invokana and kidney risks, highlighting that the medication may increase the risk of acute kidney injury.
Invokana doubles Amputation risk according to studies
Based on new data from two large clinical trials, the FDA in May 2017 concluded that the type 2 diabetes medicines Invokana, Invokamet, Invokamet XR caused an increased risk of leg and foot amputations.
The FDA is requiring new warnings, including their most prominent Boxed Warning, to be added to the Invokana drug labels to describe this risk.
Final results from two clinical trials – the CANVAS (Canagliflozin Cardiovascular Assessment Study) and CANVAS-R (A Study of the Effects of Canagliflozin on Renal Endpoints in Adult Participants With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus) – showed that leg and foot amputations occurred about twice as often in patients treated with Invokana compared to patients treated with placebo, which is an inactive treatment.
Invokana Federal Multidistrict Litigation
Since December 2016, all federally-filed Invokana injury lawsuits have been consolidated as part of the federal Invokana multidistrict litigation (MDL), which is centralized before U.S. District Judge Brian Martinotti in the District of New Jersey to coordinate discovery and pretrial proceedings.
If you or someone you know succumbed to an Invokana Ketoacidosis, leg amputations or kidney failure from taking Invokana for the treatment of their type 2 diabetes, please call us for further information at 214-390-3189. Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm is investigating Invokana Ketoacidosis, leg amputations or kidney failure from taking Invokana for the treatment of their type 2 diabetes.