Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals is facing a growing number of product liability lawsuits related to Invokana, a Type II diabetes drug, for failure to properly test and failure to warn of the significant risks associated with the drug. Invokana has been directly linked to kidney damage, cardiovascular issues, amputations and even death. Here’s what you need to know.
What Is Invokana?
Invokana (canagliflozin) is a sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitor used in the treatment of Type II diabetes. The drug increases glucose loss in urine and blocks glucose being re-absorbed back into the bloodstream, thus reducing blood glucose levels.
Invokana Side Effects
Since the release of Invokana, there are have been thousands of reports of health complications from patients who took the Type II diabetic medication. Though it does help control blood sugar levels, the side effects can be severe:
- Lower body amputations
- Diabetic ketoacidosis
- Kidney failure
- Acute pancreatitis
- Heart disease
- Bone fractures
As a result of these side effects, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals’ failure to warn patients about them, the Federal Drug Agency (FDA) began an investigation into Invokana and other similar drugs. The FDA ordered Johnson & Johnson to add new label warnings to Invokana for diabetic ketoacidosis, kidney risks, and most recently, a black label for leg and foot amputations.
While the labels are now on the product, the damage has already been done for some. Injured parties have filed Invokana lawsuits in state court in New Jersey, where Johnson & Johnson is based, and in federal multidistrict litigation. According to a Case Management Order dated January 11th, there are at least 1,001 Invokana lawsuits pending, and the first Invokana lawsuit trial is scheduled for September later this year.
If you or someone you know has been injured from taking Invokana, please contact our Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney at the Law Office of Jami Angelini Haggerty, P.A. We can help you understand the strength of your case and what to expect through the legal process.
Call (954) 440-7314 or contact us online for a free consultation.