Doctors prescribe Invokana (canagliflozin) to treat Type II diabetes and control blood sugar. The prescription medication only works on Type II diabetes and not Type I. In recent years, plaintiffs have filed lawsuits against Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the drug maker, claiming that they suffered severe side effects including kidney damage, ketoacidosis, and amputation. To date, thousands of Invokana lawsuits and compensation claims are still pending until at least three juries issue their verdicts in bellwether cases being held in New Jersey.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represents patients who have suffered severe side effects after being prescribed Invokana. Our legal team has successfully prosecuted cases to ensure our clients receive adequate financial compensation to recover their financial damages. Our attorneys are available to answer any legal questions on how to receive the monetary compensation you deserve if you suffered harm after taking a bad drug. Should you have additional questions, we invite you to contact our office for a free review of your legal rights.
How Invokana is Supposed to Work
The Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals manufacturers both Invokana and Invokamet XR. These drugs are SGLT2 inhibitors designed to block a specific protein that helps the body reabsorb glucose in the bloodstream. Typically, reabsorption of glucose occurs as a kidney function. However, Invokana restricts the process and instead expels the glucose in urine. Doctors prescribe all SGLT2 inhibitor drugs, including Invokana, to be taken in conjunction with exercise and a low sugar diet. The medication was never designed to control diabetes alone.
Severe Invokana Side Effects
Many individuals who are prescribed Invokana, Invokamet and Invokamet XR for the treatment of their type II diabetes have experienced severe side effects that are often fatal. Some of the side effects include:
- Heart Disease – Early on, researchers noticed that Invokana users had an increased risk of developing cardiovascular problems including heart attacks. During this time, more than half of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval panel voiced their concerns over health risks identified through clinical data.
- Acute Pancreatitis – Even though pancreatitis is a rare Invokana side effect, the medication can cause onset inflammation of the pancreas that could claim the life of the patient. The pancreas is a vital organ necessary to produce hormones including insulin. Some studies revealed that the medication's diuretic properties could dehydrate the patient and cause serious health problems like acute pancreatitis that could lead to death.
- Kidney Failure – In 2016, the FDA released reports revealing that some individuals who take the medication are at greater risk of developing severe renal failure (kidney damage) requiring dialysis and hospitalization. Patients already suffering from renal failure have a substantially increased potential risk of death after they take the medication.
- Diabetic Ketoacidosis – When elevated levels of ketones (blood acids) accumulate in the bloodstream, the patient can develop a life-threatening diabetic medical complication. Without receiving proper treatment quickly, the patient's diabetic ketoacidosis can lead to brain swelling, dehydration, coma, and death.
- Lower Body Amputation – Diabetic individuals taking Invokana or Invokamet XR can suffer severe foot issues. These problems arise from nerve damage, poor blood circulation, and PAD (peripheral artery disease). As the disease progresses, the surgeons might perform a complete or partial amputation of the affected limb to save the patient's life. A recent Food and Drug Administration study revealed that individuals taking Invokana are twice as likely to undergo a foot or leg amputation compared to those who were prescribed a placebo.
In addition to the side effects listed above, some patients taking Invokana experienced abdominal pain, low blood pressure, allergic reactions, fatigue, constipation, bone fractures, vaginal itching. Others experienced high potassium (hyperkalemia), urination discomfort, increase cholesterol, low blood sugar, hypersensitivity reaction, urinary tract infection, or nausea after taking the medication.
FDA and ISMP Warnings
In May 2017, the Food and Drug Administration alerted medication consumers about the safety results of clinical trials involving Invokana, Invokamet XR, and other diabetes management medications. The alert showed the increased potential risk of foot and leg amputations in patients using the diabetic management drug.
A warning published by the ISMP (Institute for Safe Medicine Practices) revealed concerns over the medication that were reported within the first year after the FDA approved the medication for use. The studies show that there were:
- 11 reported incidents of kidney stones
- 54 incidents of fluid imbalance (severe dehydration)
- 54 reported cases involving renal failure
- 50 incidents of the swelling of the face, throat, lips, and tongue (hypersensitivity)
- 52 incidents of unexpected abnormal weight loss
- 50 incidents of urinary tract infections
As of July 2018, the FDA and Janssen Pharmaceuticals have not recalled Invokana or Invokamet XR because of known serious side effects. However, the Food and Drug Administration released three specific safety announcements that warned doctors and patients of the potentially serious injuries that are associated with taking the medication. The federal agency ordered the pharmaceutical giant to conspicuously display the severe complications of taking the drug and the increased risk of amputations on its Black Box Warning Label. As of 2017, Scripps Health, Sharp HealthCare, and many doctors no longer prescribe Invokana or Invokamet XR after the potential risks of amputation came to light.
Bellwether Cases Being Heard Soon
The status involving financial settlements to resolve lawsuits involving Invokana and other diabetic medicines has recently changed. The federal judge in charge of Invokana MDL (multidistrict litigation) lawsuits has set a date for the first bellwether trial to start in September 2018 in a New Jersey courtroom.
Many plaintiffs, concerned over the statute of limitations, have already begun filing lawsuits against Janssen Pharmaceuticals to avoid losing their rights to seek financial compensation once the trials have concluded. So far, plaintiffs are accusing the manufacturer of not informing them or their physician of the dangerous side effects of their diabetic medication. Many of these individuals are at an increased risk of heart attack, kidney failure, keto blood acid poisoning (ketoacidosis), or other serious, life-threatening conditions.
However, some plaintiffs are filing individual lawsuits now in their local county courthouse against the pharmaceutical giant to obtain compensation for their damages. To date, none of these cases have yet been resolved. This makes it extremely challenging to predict the amount of compensation the plaintiffs will receive in a negotiated settlement or a jury trial award.
A Multidistrict Litigation Settlement
Now that the pre-trial proceedings in the New Jersey MDL courtroom have ended and the judge has ordered the first of the bellwether trials to be heard, there could soon be a settlement in each of the three cases being held in open court. Each bellwether case will have a separate jury to issue a verdict that will initially only affect the plaintiffs involved in each specific case. However, the results of each case will make an enormous difference in how the remaining plaintiffs' attorneys will negotiate future settlement conferences.
If the verdicts favor the plaintiffs, their attorneys will have significant leverage at negotiation meetings, which could cost the defendant (Janssen Pharmaceuticals) millions of dollars in payouts. Alternatively, if the verdicts favor the defendant, the plaintiffs will have less bargaining power and will likely receive less compensation at that trial and all future trials. In MDL settlement will also decide the value of the remaining, pending cases.
So far, there have not been any significant cases or settlements related to the use of Invokana and any of its side effects including heart attacks, ketoacidosis, or kidney disorder. FDA scrutiny and other negative attention has only recently started to build against the drug manufacturer, so plaintiffs are in the first stages of potential litigation.
Furthermore, due to the complicated nature of Invokana and the vast financial resources of Janssen Pharmaceuticals, it is likely that the legal process could last several years. However, our attorneys are currently speaking with many patients who were prescribed the dangerous drug and suffered various injuries. Our legal team has been advising potential plaintiffs to hire an attorney sooner rather than later. You need to file a lawsuit to secure your rights, especially if there is a class action settlement before the statute of limitations expires. Therefore, do not be complacent. Call us today at (888) 424-5757 to learn your rights and secure your recovery.
Pending Invokana Lawsuits
The first lawsuit filed against the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals occurred in 2015. Initially, the following cases were consolidated in multidistrict litigation court in a New Jersey federal courthouse. These cases include:
- Anthony R Alan (plaintiff) v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc (defendant).
- Wardell Fleming (plaintiff) v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc (defendant).
- Joan Mullin (plaintiff) V. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc (defendant).
Can I Wait to File a Claim or Lawsuit?
Do not wait.. You only have a limited time to file a claim or lawsuit against the pharmaceutical manufacturer of the dangerous drug before the statute of limitations expires. Waiting past this time could cause you to lose your right to file a claim at any time in the future. An attorney can help determine the date of expiration based on certain factors that are specific to your unique case.
Time to Hire a Lawyer
If an Invokana side effect caused you to suffer harm, taking legal action now can help you recover your monetary damages. The Invokana injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have successfully prosecuted many cases involving bad drugs and obtained millions in compensation for our clients. Contact us today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule an appointment to discuss your case. We can provide relevant answers to pertinent questions like:
- How much compensation can I receive for my Invokana lawsuit?
- I lost my leg after taking the bad medication, can I sue the pharmaceutical manufacturer?
- Do I have to take part in a class action suit or MDL litigation or can I file on my own?
- Do I have to accept the financial settlement amount that was determined by a jury in a bellwether case?
We can begin working on your case today because we will make a promise to your family in writing that states:
- No Money Is Required to Get Started – We accept all personal injury lawsuits, wrongful death cases, and bad drug compensation claims through contingency fee agreements. This arrangement specifies that we will postpone payment until after we have successfully resolved your case through a negotiated settlement or a jury trial award.
- We Give You a “No Win/No-Fee” Guarantee – If we are unable to secure financial compensation at trial or through a negotiated settlement, you will owe us nothing including the expenses and costs associated with our legal representation.
- We Promise to Communicate with You Regularly – Our law firm recognizes that you need money now because of the financial burdens you have that are the result of taking a defective medication. We promise that we will communicate routinely to give you updates on exactly what is going on with your case and what you can expect in the months ahead.
Our attorneys will fight on your behalf to ensure you are fully compensated for your damages to pay for your medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earnings, household bills, out-of-pocket expenses, pain, suffering, mental anxiety, and emotional damage. Contact our attorneys today to schedule a free, no-obligation case consultation to discuss the merits of your monetary recovery claim. All information you share with our law office will stay confidential.
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- What is Invokana?
- What are the risks of taking Invokana?
- Has the FDA taken any action against the makers of Invokana?
- What does an Invokana lawsuit look like?
- What are the laws surrounding Invokana?
- What damages could I recover in my Invokana lawsuit?
- Is there a time limit by when I have to file my Invokana lawsuit?
- Is there a class action lawsuit against Invokana?
- Why hire Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC?