On March 29, 2013, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.-made drug Invokana. Invokana was approved for the treatment of type II diabetes. The active ingredient in Invokana is canagliflozin, which works by blocking the reabsorption of glucose by the kidneys. In 2015, the FDA released a warning about canagliflozin use, and revised the label of Invokana. Here is what you need to know:
The Dangers of Invokana and Other Canagliflozin-containing Medications
Invokana and other canagliflozin-containing medications have been associated with adverse side effects and harm for patients. These include, but are not limited to:
- Too much acid in the blood (ketoacidosis);
- Increased risk of bone fractures;
- Decreased mineral bone density;
- Kidney problems;
- Heart attacks;
- High potassium levels (hyperkalemia);
- Vaginal yeast infections;
- Urinary tract infections; and
- Low blood sugar.
The health risks above are serious, and can result in death in extreme cases. In addition to Invokana, the risks of other sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2s) drugs are being investigated.
What to Do if You Have Taken Invokana
If you have taken Invokana or other SGLT2 drugs and believe that you have suffered harm that you would not have incurred but for the drugs, you may have a cause of action against the drug manufacturer. However, in order to receive damages, you will have to prove that Janssen Pharmaceuticals violated its duty to the consumer by manufacturing and distributing a defective drug or failing to provide adequate warning of known risks, and that you suffered harm as a direct result. An attorney can help you to prove all of the above.
Contact a Defective Drug Attorney Today
The law prohibits you from filing a lawsuit after a certain amount of time has elapsed. To ensure that you take action within your state’s statute of limitations, consult with the experienced pharmaceutical litigation attorneys at Napoli Shkolnik, PLLC today. Our legal team is ready to help you recover the damages that you are entitled to.