Large pharmaceutical companies seem to take any opportunity available these days to rush their products to market without a second thought to the safety of those who rely on their medications. The latest medication to fall under the scrutiny of the FDA is Invokana, which was the first medication created to help type-2 diabetics control their blood sugar by employing the kidneys to remove glucose through the urine. The Chicago Invokana attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are currently representing victims following the establishment of a link between Invokana and ketoacidosis, which is a condition that can cause patients to fall into a coma or die from complications.
If you or a family member suffered an injury, such as ketoacidosis after taking Invokana, we invite you to contact our office for a free case review. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is a leader in pharmaceutical litigation and is committed to providing you with the legal assistance you need to get the maximum recovery for your case. Our attorneys are based in Chicago and are presently reviewing Invokana complication cases across the country. Contact our office today for a free case review and a discussion of the status of current Invokana lawsuits.
How Invokana Works
Type-2 diabetes is a disorder in which the body is unable to regulate blood sugar levels due to lowered insulin output by the pancreas and increased insulin resistance by the body’s cells. Elevated blood sugar levels cause sufferers to experience symptoms that include fatigue, lightheadedness, difficulty concentrate, increased risk of infection and difficulty healing from wounds. Invokana was designed to lower blood sugar by making the kidneys eliminate excess glucose from the blood stream by passing it through the urine. Invokana and Invokamet were the first two medications of this type to reach the market and have been classified as glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors. They were approved by the FDA in 2013, and reports of complications have surfaced only two years later and the number of patients coming forward with reports of complications is continuing to rise.
Complications Associated with Invokana
It was later discovered that Invokana was linked to the development of a condition called ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis is the result of excessive ketone levels in the blood stream, which increase the acidity of the blood. Those experiencing ketoacidosis experience symptoms that include vomiting, nausea, intense abdominal pain, heavy breathing and tiredness or fatigue. If untreated, patients may fall into a diabetic coma or die from the complications.
In May of 2015, the FDA released a warning that Invokana and Invokamet may be linked to an increased risk of ketoacidosis and has since launched a deeper investigation into the matter. The FDA issued the warning after receiving numerous reports in which Invokana users developed ketoacidosis and suffered injuries including diabetic coma and death.
Pharmaceutical companies have a history of pushing their medications to market without first performing the required testing and research to ensure that the drugs are not linked to serious or life-threatening side effects. The FDA is overburdened with regulating a massive number of new applications for innovative medicines and treatments and many drugs fall through the cracks as a result, and drug companies often take advantage of this. It is important to hold these companies responsible for their negligent and reckless actions by seeking fair compensation for your injuries in the form of a medical liability lawsuit.
What to Do if You Were Prescribed Invokana?
If you were prescribed Invokana or Invokamet for the treatment of your type-2 diabetes and suffered complications or injuries due to ketoacidosis, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, wages lost while you were off work, pain and suffering and any out of pocket expenses that you incurred due to your injuries. Additionally, if your loved one died from complications related to ketoacidosis and was taking Invokana at the time, you may have a claim for wrongful death. It is important to have an attorney investigate the matter quickly so that you may file your claim within the allowable statute of limitations. You normally have two years in the State of Illinois, but you need to provide your attorney ample time to build your case within this period.
The Chicago Invokana attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have a track record of success when trying cases of this manner and have helped thousands of clients throughout Illinois recover the compensation they deserved. Our award winning attorneys would be happy to review your case during a risk-free consultation.
Once we have had the opportunity to evaluate and investigate your case, we will be able to review your legal options with you and let you know about developing Invokana litigation which may impact your case. If it is in your best interest to pursue a lawsuit, we will let you know what you can expect from the process and how best to proceed. We will only collect a fee for our services if we are able to collect compensation on your behalf.