Invokana is a drug used for treatment of type-2 diabetes that has recently become the topic of many lawsuits in North America. The purpose of the drug is to maintain blood sugar levels in the patient by forcing the kidneys to release excess sugar through urination. This causes more stress on the kidneys than what is typically put on them without the drug. The Invokana lawsuit is growing everyday as more patients have been affected by the drug.
What is the reason for the lawsuits?
According to the FDA there have been 19 filed claims of people who developed blood and kidney infections as a result of Invokana. According to Digital Journal, all of the patients filing the Invokana lawsuit alleged to have required hospitalization and kidney failure treatment with dialysis. The first side effect that can cause serious health issues is an increase in the amount of acid in the blood, as well as Urinary Tract Infections (UTI). These harmful side effects have led to the hospitalization of many Invokana users. Another serious side effect of the drug is Ketoacidosis. In another post by Digital Journal, many patients have filed lawsuits against manufacturers claiming that the drug causes severe side effects and that the companies were negligent in communicating the risks associated with the drugs.
What is Ketoacidosis?
Ketoacidosis is defined by the FDA as “a serious condition in which the body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones. Symptoms of ketoacidosis include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, tiredness, and trouble breathing. Patients should also be alert for signs and symptoms of a urinary tract infection, such as a feeling of burning when urinating or the need to urinate often or right away; pain in the lower part of the stomach area or pelvis; fever; or blood in the urine.” If you have experienced symptoms of Ketoacidosis, you should contact a doctor immediately.
Two new recent lawsuits were filed in New Jersey federal court against giant Johnson & Johnson, who face allegations that users of its diabetes drug, Invokana, developed kidney damage and heart disease. These revelations include claims by defendants who say they suffered kidney damage after being prescribed Invokana for diabetes. One patient actually suffered a stroke.
According to New Jersey Law Journal, the suit includes claims for “failure to warn, defective manufacturing, breach of express warranty, breach of warranty of fitness for everyday use, negligence, breach of implied warranty, fraudulent misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, fraudulent concealment and fraud.”
Background on Invokana Lawsuits
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug in 2013 for treatment of Type 2 diabetes. Two years later, the FDA issued a warning about Invokana and Invokamet stating that they may lead to diabetic ketoacidosis – a serious condition in which the body produces high levels of blood acids known as ketones. An analysis of incidents reported to the FDA shows patients taking Invokana for diabetes are several times more likely to report kidney disease than those taking other types of diabetes treatment, the complaints allege.
Johnson & Johnson Invokana History
According to court papers, Invokana made Johnson & Johnson $278 million in the first quarter of 2015, so clearly they have much at stake. A statement from Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman Kaitlin Meiser said: “Invokana is an important medicine used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. With real world experience that includes more than five million prescriptions to date, we are confident in the overall safety profile of Invokana. The company remains committed to aggressively defending against allegations made in these lawsuits.”
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