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According to research by the American Research Association (ADA), 9.3% or 29.1 million Americans had diabetes in the year 2012. Invokana was developed by Johnson & Johnson to treat diabetes. The company claims that Invokana should be prescribed to improve glucose control in patients that were suffering from Type 2 diabetes.
However, Invokana has a number of potentially harmful side effects, including ketoacidosis. If you or a loved one suffered harm after taking Invokana, you could be entitled to financial compensation, which you can recover by filing an Invokana lawsuit. At Bandas Law Firm, P.C., we represent clients throughout Nueces County and have secured numerous favorable settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of those harmed by defective or dangerous drugs.
Contact our Corpus Christi Invokana lawsuit lawyers at (361) 238-2789 for a free, confidential case evaluation. There are no fees unless/until we win your case.
Invokana Manufacturer Claims & Diabetic Ketoacidosis
Diabetic ketoacidosis is a medical condition that serves as 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, diabetic ketoacidosis can occur.
Manufacturers of Invokana claimed that the drug helped control blood sugar levels by helping the kidneys get rid of glucose from the blood. Currently, four major medical and drug companies 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 Invokana could cause ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis is a serious condition that occurs when there is not enough insulin, causing the patient’s body to start breaking down fat to be used as fuel and building toxic acids in the bloodstream.
Commonly noted symptoms of ketoacidosis include the following:
- Respiratory distress or shortness of breath
- Cognitive confusion
- Excessive thirst
- Symptoms of abdominal pain, often described as either cramping or jabbing sensations
Associated Risks & Side Effects for Ketoacidosis Patients & Invokana
The Institute of Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) issued some warnings to the FDA in relation to the risks associated with taking Invokana for diabetes.
Below is a list of reported cases that were registered:
- 11 instances of kidney stones requiring medical attention
- 54 instances of renal failure requiring immediate medical attention
- 50 cases of maxillofacial hypersensitivity in the face, tongue, and lips of patients
- Over 50 cases of rapid and significant weight loss
- Over 50 cases of uncommonly severe dehydration requiring medical attention
Furthermore, manufacturer and FDA warnings list known side-effects of Invokana as ranging from extremely serious (heart attacks, diabetic ketoacidosis, and renal failure) to 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.
Working to Hold Liable Drug Manufacturers Responsible
If you or anyone you know is suffering or has suffered side effects of 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 an Invokana 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 from using a drug prescribed by a hospital, doctor, or nurse, you should contact an attorney who is familiar with the situation. Educate yourself and do not be afraid to ask questions.
At this point, it is to be noted that there are currently no mass settlement cases available in regards to Invokana lawsuits. 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, include 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 the manufacturer, doctor, and hospitals.
Did you suffer complications after taking Invokana? Contact Bandas Law Firm, P.C. online or by phone at (361) 238-2789 to speak to our Corpus Christi defective drug attorneys today.
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