Invokana was introduced in 2013 as a treatment for type II diabetes sufferers. At the time of its introduction, the makers of this drug hailed it as a revolutionary drug as its mechanism of action was completely different from the usual drugs prescribed for the treatment of type II diabetes. Most of the other drugs available in the market for diabetes patients focus on insulin regulation. On the other hand, this particular drug belongs to a new class of drugs that work on reducing the amount of blood glucose by making kidneys remove excess blood sugar and removing it from urine.
While many users of this drug have found it to be effective, there have been reports of some users who have suffered some serious side effects due to continuous use of this drug. This is the reason, FDA has been continuously issuing warnings regarding the use of this particular drug. Here are some Invokana Lawsuit Information.
The first warning was issued by FDA in the year 2015 when several users reported an increased risk of diabetic ketoacidosis. You should know that diabetic ketoacidosis usually affects type I diabetes sufferers, but it is rare among type II diabetes sufferers. However, one of the side effects of this drug has been that even type II diabetes sufferers have developed this condition. This is not all.
FDA issued black box warning which happens to be the most serious warning issued by the agency, in May 2017. This black box warning was issued after two studies confirmed that there is increased the risk of lower limb amputations among diabetes sufferers patients taking Invokana on a regular basis.
Thousands of users of this particular drug have sued the company for obtaining financial compensation due to the harm suffered by them. Many law firms representing these individuals are of the opinion that the company should have done more to warn patients about the serious side effects of this drug. They are of the opinion that the company making this drug has put profits above the security and well-being of consumers, and hasn’t done enough to warn consumers about the potential side effects of taking this drug.
Increased Risk of Amputation
High level of sugar in the blood leads to poor circulation as it causes blood vessels to harden and narrow. Due to hardening and narrowing of blood vessels in the body, blood circulation suffers, and enough oxygen and nutrients do not reach the extremities which cause the tissue to die.
Another reason for increased risk of amputation is nerve damage. If the nerves in the lower limbs are damaged, it may lead to the decreased sensation which enhances the risk of infections and minor injuries turning into major health issues.
Drugs like Invokana enhance the risk of amputation for patients suffering from type II diabetes. Some of the common symptoms experienced by patients with foot problems include ulcers, cold skin, chronic soreness, chronic pain, darker skin patches as well as infections that keep spreading and do not heal.
Finding an Invokana Amputation Lawyer
As mentioned above, thousands of users of this drug have filed individual lawsuits against the company to obtain financial compensation for injuries suffered by them.
There are quite a few law firms that are reviewing potential Invokana amputation lawsuits all across the country. These law firms usually work on a contingency fee agreement basis. They offer free consultations as well as case evaluations. It is recommended to get in touch with such a law firm to discuss your case to determine whether you are eligible for financial recovery or settlement. If you have also suffered harm due to continuous use of Invokana, you can also claim financial compensation.