Invokana is a relatively new drug prescribed for people suffering from type 2 diabetes In May 2015, the FDA announced that Invokana can cause a serious or very serious condition called ketoacidosis (DKA), which can lead to a diabetic coma or even death.
Diabetic ketoacidosis is a dangerous complication of diabetes. Around 14% of all diabetics are hospitalized because of it. This illness can lead to coma and death. Researchers link 16% of all diabetes-related deaths to DKA.
DKA happens when the body starts using fats as fuel instead of sugar or glucose. Insulin aids the body in using sugar as fuel, but when a person has diabetes the body cannot use sugar for fuel. Instead, it uses fat. When the fat is brown down, it causes the body to produce acidic chemicals. These chemicals are called ketones. Ketones build up and poison the body. This build-up can cause organs to malfunction.
Invokana & Ketoacidosis Symptoms
However, diabetic ketoacidosis can develop rapidly. Many experience side effects around 24 hours.
- Extreme thirst
- Frequent urination
Then, other common symptoms are:
- Decreased alertness
- Fruit-smelling breath
- Nausea and vomiting
- Fatigue or drowsiness
Doctors can treat mild DKA, however, medical professionals find extreme cases complicated. Treatment course consists of insulin therapy, electrolyte, and fluid replacement. Early detection is crucial. The complications of DKA are extremely life-threatening. They are coma, hypothermia or oliguria. Oliguria is when a patient produces not enough urine.
Education is the most important part of preventing DKA. People taking Invokana should be informed that they are an increased risk of developing this dangerous side effect. Symptoms manifest quickly, so patients need to know what to look for and act fast.
According to the FDA, there were at least 20 cases of ketoacidosis associated with the class of SGLT2 inhibitors drug within 15 months. All these cases require visits to the emergency room or hospitalization.
But that’s nothing compared to 457 serious adverse events reported to the FDA between March 2013 and March 2014, as documented by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices.
This was higher than 92% of other medicines regularly checked. The report notes the “clear evidence of harm” Invokana reaches the kidneys.
When a clear evidence of harm exists, you deserve compensation.
Invokana manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceutical, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has netted almost $1 billion in profits from Invokana in the last year alone. Meanwhile, the number of individuals injured by Invokana have begun to accumulate. They have begun to file consumer protection lawsuits against the pharmaceutical giant.
Presently, The Michael Brady Lynch Firm is concentrating on Pennsylvania. This is the location where our cases are pending against the makers of Invokana. As of June 2016, approximately 41 cases were filed in Philadelphia by plaintiffs that live all across the country. This will most likely mean a mass tort consolidation at the Federal level is imminent.
How We Can Help
When you experience side effects from a dangerous drug, it can have devastating effects on your entire life. A jury may give compensation for their injuries and damages. The types of losses include:
Also, if a person dies from complications from a drug, family members may be able to recover damages for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses prior to death
- Loss of economic support; and
- Loss of companionship
Therefore, if the conduct of a drug company in manufacturing and selling drug is found to be highly reckless, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the company and deter similar conduct in the future. If you developed ketoacidosis after taking Invokana, please speak to us to learn more about your rights.
Also, case evaluations are free of cost and without obligation. Call us today at (877) 513-9517 or contact us online to speak with an attorney about your options. We may be able to get you the help you need.