When we purchase medicine, we expect it to make us feel better, treat symptoms, or help control a serious condition. Unfortunately, not all drugs are made with safety in mind. Invokana, a popular drug used to treat individuals with Type 2 Diabetes, has recently been associated with serious flesh-eating infections and other dangerous side effects. If you or someone you love has taken Invokana and suffered any major side effects, make sure you know your legal rights.
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Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, developed Invokana to help individuals with Type 2 Diabetes. The drug is a sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitor, which means it triggers the kidneys to remove sugar from the body in an attempt to help the body deal with Type 2 Diabetes naturally. However, this inhibitor has been linked serious side effects.
Although the SGLT2 inhibitor is approved by the FDA, it has been associated with rare bacterial infections in the blood and kidneys. In 2015, the FDA released a black box warning, their most serious caution, in order to notify patients and doctors of the major risks associated with the drug. Specifically, the warning mentioned the development of ketoacidosis, a life-threatening condition that develops when the blood sugar levels become imbalanced.
The Dangerous Side Effects
Over the past few years, the FDA has received complaints about rare infections associated with SGLT2 inhibitors, but just recently, in August of 2018, the FDA issued a specific warning. In this release, the FDA cited cases of necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum, also referred to as Fournier's gangrene, an infection that affects the genital area. In one case, a man had an amputation due to a severe infection after using Invokana for diabetes. Although these cases are rare, they can cause serious damage and may even result in life-altering problems.
In their statement, the FDA warns patients to watch for dangerous symptoms:
“Patients should seek medical attention immediately if you experience any symptoms of tenderness, redness, or swelling of the genitals or the area from the genitals back to the rectum, and have a fever above 100.4 F or a general feeling of being unwell. These symptoms can worsen quickly, so it is important to seek treatment right away.”
If you were prescribed Invokana, or another SGLT2 inhibitor drug for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes, and you have experienced any serious side effects, make sure you see a doctor immediately.
In addition to necrotizing fasciitis, other serious side effects of Invokana include:
- Bone fractures
- Kidney infections
- Increased risk of amputation
Do You Have a Defective Drug Case?
Drug manufacturers have a responsibility to produce safe, effective drugs. When drugs, like Invokana, are unreasonably dangerous and cause serious, deadly side effects, it prompts the question: could these issues have been prevented? Big drug companies who do not adequately test their medicines, or fail to warn doctors and patients of potentially dangerous side effects should be held liable for the resulting damage.
If you or a loved one suffered an infection, amputation, or another health issue after taking Invokana, you may be eligible to receive compensation for damages. These damages may include medical expenses, loss of wages, and pain and suffering. Our firm understands how difficult this time must be for you and your family, which is why we want to help fight for your rights and seek justice on your behalf. Trust our knowledgeable firm to advocate for you.
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