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Invokana Injury Lawsuit

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Hundreds of thousands of Americans take the drug Invokana (canagliflozin), which is used to treat Type 2 diabetes. Since reaching the market in 2013, Invokana has become one of the most popular diabetes medications nationwide. However, since its inception, Invokana has been associated with several serious side effects – and this dangerous drug has been marketed and sold in spite of these significant health risks.

Serious concerns have plagued Invokana since its inception

When Invokana was first approved in 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required its manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson), to conduct double-blind prospective placebo studies in order to evaluate the medication’s risks. Such studies are the “gold standard” in the pharmaceutical industry and are rarely required due to the associated costs and risks. However, concerns about Invokana’s suspected link to cardiac problems were serious enough to require these studies.

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Halfway through those double-blind studies, evidence began to emerge that Invokana patients were at a significantly elevated risk of lower limb amputations, meaning the loss of a toe, foot, or leg either above or below the knee. In addition, Invokana has been linked to diabetic ketoacidosis, a serious and potentially fatal condition, as well as kidney failure.

FDA warnings applied to Invokana

In 2015, the FDA issued a diabetic ketoacidosis warning for Invokana and related drugs. In 2017, the FDA issued a “black box” warning, the most serious and prominent warning the agency issues, due to the link between Invokana and lower limb amputations.

By 2016, Johnson & Johnson was well aware of these risks as the results of the double-blind studies became clear. However, the manufacturer did nothing at that time to warn patients and doctors of those risks.

More recently, Johnson & Johnson has seized upon study results indicating Invokana may provide some protection against cardiac problems. While those results may be legitimate, patients need to be fully aware of all risks associated with their medications so they can make informed decisions about their health. Lawsuits are already pending against Janssen and Johnson & Johnson due to the serious health risks associated with their product.

Contact an Invokana attorney today

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious side effect such as ketoacidosis, kidney failure, or amputation after taking Invokana, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced dangerous drug attorney who will stand up for your legal rights. Call today for your free consultation.

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