This causes insulin resistance. As per a research by American Research Association (ADA), 9.3% or 29.1 million Americans had diabetes in the year 2012. Invokana was developed by Johnson & Johnson, and with the company making claims that Invokana should be prescribed to improve glucose control in patients that were suffering from Type 2 diabetes.
Invokana Manufacturer Claims and Diabetic Ketoacidosis
Invokana claimed to help control blood sugar levels by helping the kidney get rid of glucose from the blood. Diabetic Ketoacidosis is a medical condition, which becomes the root cause of high levels of blood acids or Ketones, which are poisonous for the body. When the body loses its ability to create the required amount of insulin, this condition manifests itself. Currently four major medical and drug companies that are actively manufacture and market Invokana including Johnson & Johnson, Boehringer Ingelheim, AstraZeneca, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals.
Warnings from the FDA Regarding Invokana
The Food and Drug Association (FDA) issued a warning that it could cause Ketoacidosis. It means that if there is not enough insulin, the patient’s body will start breaking down fat to be used as fuel, and build toxic acids in the bloodstream. Commonly noted symptoms of Ketoacidosis include the following:
- Patient experiences respiratory distress, or shortness of breath
- Patient experiences cognitive confusion
- Patient experiences excessive thirst
- Patient presents symptoms of abdominal pain, often described as either cramping or jabbing sensations
Associated Risks and Side Effects for Ketoacidosis Patients and Invokana
The Institute of Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) issued some warnings to the FDA in relation to the risks associated with taking Invokana drug for diabetes. Here is a list of report of cases that were registered, including:
- Eleven instances of kidney stones requiring medical attention
- Fifty-four instances of renal failure requiring immediate medical attention
- Fifty cases of maxillofacial hypersensitivity in the face, tongue, and lips of patients
- Over fifty cases of rapid and significant weight loss
- Over fifty cases of uncommonly severe dehydration requiring medical attention
Furthermore, manufacturer and FDA warnings list known side-effects of Invokana as ranging from the extremely serious of heart attacks, diabetic ketoacidosis, and renal failure to the more benign and treatable cases of severe dehydration, infection, and increase potassium levels in the patient’s bloodstream. Of these symptoms, the least expected, but potentially most dangerous revolves around diabetic ketoacidosis, which can result in fatal swelling the brain, according to a warning issued by the FDA.
If you or anyone you know is suffering or has suffered side effects by using Invokana, you are eligible for compensation. The victim is eligible to claim damages and monetary compensation from the manufacturer of the drug by filing a lawsuit. It is to be noted here that other parties may be involved in the case; however, every case is unique and different. The moment you realize that you have suffered side effects by using the drug prescribed by a hospital, doctor, or nurse, you must make contact with an attorney who is familiar with the situation. Educate yourself and do not be afraid to ask questions. The statutes of limitations for Invokana and other drug liability cases widely vary from state to state, thus consulting with an attorney from the outset is essential.
At this point, it is to be noted that there are currently no mass settlement cases available for the Invokana Lawsuit. The victim or any of his family members must file a lawsuit and claim damages as an individual claimant. Existing claims filed regarding Invokana and unexpected medical complications, including the death of a patient, including defective drug claims, failure of both companies and medical professionals to provide adequate warning about known risks and side-effects, as well as negligence on part of manufacturer, doctor, and hospitals.