Invokana Lawsuits in West Virginia
What Users Need to Know About the Product
A number of individuals have opted to Invokana lawsuits in West Virginia in response to deadly side effects and amputations resulting from the use of the drug. Some patients discovered the diabetes drug was directly related to their need for lower limb amputation, while others learned Invokana led to gangrene. At this time, more than 1,000 lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson, the maker of the drug, in both state and federal courts. Many are now pending settlements.
The Case Against Invokana
The United States Food and Drug Administration initially approved the use of canagliflozin for use with diabetic patients in need of SGLT2 inhibitors back in March 2013. Invokana is one drug that contains this substance and it is of help to individuals with type two diabetes. Invokana reduces blood sugar levels and allows the person to lose weight while decreasing blood pressure when used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise. However, due to reports of complications in those using the drug, the FDA required a warning on the label about the possibility of severe side effects. Individuals filing lawsuits against the drug maker feel these warnings weren't sufficient and that they were unable to make an informed decision as to whether or not to use the medication.
Diabetics are at a higher risk for lower limb amputations on account of the nerve damage and poor circulation brought about by this disease. In addition, they are more likely to develop a peripheral arterial disease and can bring about the need for a partial or complete lower leg or foot amputation. The FDA informed the public in May 2016 that use of Invokana (or Invokamet) could increase the risk of lower limb amputation and followed up a year later with the news that this risk was double that of diabetics not taking the drug. At that time, a black box warning was included on the drug label.
Other Severe Side Effects
Other patients found they developed Fournier's gangrene or necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum when using this drug. This is a serious condition that may result in death and is relatively rare. However, patients taking Invokana were found to be at a significantly higher risk than the general population as well as those using other diabetic medications. Patients developing diabetic ketoacidosis and kidney failure has also been reported. Furthermore, acute pancreatitis has been reported by patients making use of this drug.
More than 1,000 Invokana lawsuits have been filed against the drug maker. Where the case is filed depends on several factors, and an attorney can be of assistance in determining which court should hear the case. Compensation may be awarded for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income, loss of companionship, funeral expenses and more.
Invokana amputations and other side effects need to be addressed promptly. A person looking to improve their health should not find the medication they are using has done more harm than good. However, this is exactly what happened for many patients making use of this medication. If you fall into this category, speak to Pat Jacobs for a free consultation today. Doing so ensures that you know your rights and how to move forward in obtaining compensation for the harm you have sustained.