February 10, 2016 — A growing number of lawsuits have been filed by people who developed kidney failure or ketoacidosis after taking Invokana, a popular diabetes drug made by Janssen Pharmaceuticals.
On October 28, 2015, a man who was diagnosed with ketoacidosis after taking Invokana filed a lawsuit (PDF) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (Case No 3:15-cv-01195).
On December 14, 2015, a lawsuit (PDF) was filed by a man who started taking Invokana in November 2013 and developed kidney failure. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee (Case No. 2:15-cv-02799).
The number of lawsuits has been steadily growing since the FDA began issuing warnings about Invokana. Last year, the agency issued several warnings about diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a condition in which the blood becomes too acidic. The FDA also received reports of urinary tract infections that spread to the kidneys.
Invokana forces the kidneys to excrete extra glucose (sugar) from the body in urine, which helps lower blood-sugar levels. However, because it relies so heavily on the kidneys, many experts are concerned it could pose serious risks like kidney failure.
Invokana was linked to 54 cases of kidney failure or renal impairment in its first year on the market, according to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) QuarterWatch (PDF) report.
Type-2 diabetes is a risk-factor for kidney disease, which is why experts are concerned about any medication that could further increase these risks. Patients who develop kidney problems may need to undergo dialysis or a kidney transplant.
Do I have an Invokana Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Invokana induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with kidney failure or ketoacidosis, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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