Invokana | Increased risks of Kidney failure, heart attacks and ketoacidosis
Invokana is a prescription medication used to lower blood sugar and improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes. Invokana works by lowering blood sugar by causing the kidneys to remove sugar through the urine.
Diabetes is a serious disease. When left untreated, type 2 diabetes can lead to serious health problems including stroke, blindness, high blood pressure, nerve damage, kidney failure, heart disease and other problems. Introduced in March of 2013, Invokana was the first member of a new class of diabetes drugs introduced in recent years.
So what’s the problem? Lawsuits claim the manufacturer failed to warn patients and physicians of the increased risks of kidney failure, heart attacks, and ketoacidosis (when cells in the body are unable to get the sugar they need for energy because there is not enough insulin).
These lawsuits assert that that if the manufacturer had given proper warnings, doctors would have prescribed a medication other than Invokana for patients with type 2 diabetes. In the alternative, patients who had been warned would have asked to have their doctor check for signs of heart issues, renal impairment or high level of ketones.
Indeed, the manufacturer is now expressly warning that acute kidney injuries are associated with using Invokana. As of this time, there has not been a recall of Invokana related to kidney failure, heart attacks or ketoacidosis. However, in December 2015 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration required the manufacturer to add new warnings to their medications, urging users to stop taking the drug and seek immediate medical attention if they experience symptoms like abdominal pain, fatigue, nausea, respiratory problems or vomiting.
Although many lawsuits are pending, there have been no large group settlements involving Invokana. These cases will likely take several years to resolve. A motion has been filed with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on September 20, 2016 seeking to transfer cases pending in U.S. District Courts nationwide before Judge Brian R. Martinotti in the District of New Jersey.
We expect that hundreds, if not thousands, of additional lawsuits will be filed in the coming months and years. We will regularly update our site with case information.
If you took Invokana and suffered kidney failure, a heart attack or ketoacidosis, please call TheLawFirm.com for a free consultation.
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INVOKANA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is this a Class Action?
No. A class action is where one or two people represent everyone and make the decisions for you. In the case of Invokana, each case is individual and you, with your attorney, make the decisions about the important events in your case like whether to enroll in a settlement program when it becomes available. In the legal world, this is called a "mass tort".
Do you sue my doctor?
No. We do not sue or make any claims against your doctors. We believe that the doctors are the victims of the greedy pharmaceutical corporations as well. In fact, we expect your doctor to be as outraged as we are.
Will I have to go to Court?
Probably not. With thousands of similar cases filed before yours, it is very unlikely that you will ever have to go to Court. While there are no guarantees, 99% of cases like this resolve in a settlement program.
Can I just wait to bring a claim?
Unfortunately it’s very dangerous to wait because the law places strict time limits on your ability to make a claim. The time limits vary from state to state so if you aren’t sure if you still have time to make a claim, give us a call and we’ll let you know.
Who makes Ivokana?
Invokana is made by Janssen. This is part of the Johnson & Johnson group of companies and they have worldwide operations.
Who is eligible for possible compensation?
There are four criteria:
• You must be an adult with type 2 diabetes;
• You must have been treated with Invokana;
• You must have taken the drug before December 2015; and
• You must have suffered from a heart attack, kidney failure or ketoacidosis.
TheLawFirm.com can help determine whether you are eligible for a lawsuit. Please call for a free consultation.
Why do you believe the manufacturer is responsible?
We believe that the evidence will show that the manufacturer knew of the significant risk of kidney damage, as well as heart attacks and diabetic ketoacidosis, caused by taking Invokana. However, the manufacturer did not adequately warn the medical community or consumers of the severity of such risk.
How long will my case take?
We expect the manufacturer to fight us tooth and nail. These cases can take several years.
How much will this cost me?
TheLawFirm.com never charges you anything up front. We only get paid if we win your case. We also advance many ‘costs’. If your case settles, or you are awarded damages by a jury, we are re-paid those costs out of the settlement or award. Typical case costs could be filing fees, the cost of obtaining medical records and expert witnesses, for example. Feel free to talk to us about how we are paid and what costs are.
Bottom line: we will never ask you to send us money. Ever.
What can I recover in a lawsuit?
While money will not make you whole again, you may be eligible for compensation. The amount of damages recoverable through a lawsuit depends on an individual harm suffered and other unique circumstances. It is impossible for us to give a precise number as to how much money you may be awarded.
Do you guys know what you are doing?
People don't usually ask us so bluntly but it's important to know you are well represented. So yes. Our team has been handling defective medical product cases since fen/phen in the 1990s, and since then we’ve been involved in many of the major medical recall claims including Baycol, Rezulin, Prempro, Vioxx, and Medtronic defibrillators, pelvic mesh cases, and all types of metal-on-metal hip implants. Many members of our team have represented victims of defective medical products or bad drugs for almost 20 years.
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