People who suffer from type 2 diabetes develop a resistance to insulin and eventually the pancreas cannot keep up with the body’s demand for insulin, causing blood sugar levels to rise to dangerous levels. When diet and exercise are not enough to treat the disease, many people turn to prescription medications such as Invokana, an oral medication used to control high blood sugar in individuals with type 2 diabetes.
Although treatment with Invokana may be an effective way to treat type 2 diabetes in some people, the drug has been linked to serious health risks, including an increased risk of leg and foot amputations.
According to a safety announcement issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency “has concluded that the type 2 diabetes medicine canagliflozin (Invokana, Invokamet, Invokamet XR) causes an increased risk of leg and foot amputations.”
The FDA’s conclusion was based on two large clinical trials which indicated that leg and foot amputations occurred about twice as often in patients who were treated with the drug compared to patients who were treated with placebo.
Other side effects of Invokana include:
- Frequent urination
- Urinary tract infection
- Low blood sugar
- Yeast infection
- Kidney problems
- Risk of bone fracture
- Hyperkalemia (high potassium in the blood)
- Increase in cholesterol
In addition to the FDA safety communication warning patients of the increased risk of leg and foot amputations associated with Invokana, the FDA has advised patients to pay attention to the following risks reportedly linked to SGLT2 inhibitors:
- High levels of ketones, or blood acids
- Signs or symptoms of acidosis (too much acid in the body) such as difficulty breathing, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, confusion, or unusual fatigue.
- The presence of ketoacidosis regardless of blood sugar levels
Multiple lawsuits have been filed on behalf of patients who used Invokana to treat type 2 diabetes and developed a severe infection that led to an amputation of either the patient’s leg or foot. Despite the drug manufacturer’s knowledge of an increased risk of severe leg injury, the manufacturers did not warn patients of such risks and continued to aggressively market the drug to doctors and patients.
A personal injury lawyer can help in a variety of ways. You may be eligible to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Family members of those who have died as a result of Invokana-related injuries may also be eligible to recover compensation for damages, including funeral expenses and the pain of losing a loved one.
Our law firm can offer you a free, confidential consultation. If we determine that you have a legal claim, you can choose our firm to help you pursue that claim in court on your behalf.
Be aware: the law places a time limit on your ability to file a claim.