In 2013, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals division released Invokana (canagliflozin) as a prescription drug to treat those suffering from type 2 diabetes. It was approved by the FDA upon its release and became a popular medication to help lower blood sugar levels and improve one’s glycemic levels. Unfortunately, however, there have been numerous serious side-effects experienced by those who take the drug with an increased risk for amputations as one of the more alarming effects.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s estimated that roughly 23.5 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, a significant increase from just 18 million in 2003. Diabetes increases one’s risk for amputations as the fluctuating glucose levels, nerve damage, and poor circulation can lead to infection and then the need of amputation. Most amputations relating to diabetes affect the lower extremities, predominantly the feet and toes with nearly 67 percent of total amputations being linked to complications with diabetes.
The numbers stated above can be alarming if you suffer from diabetes. Unfortunately, the risk of amputation grows even worse for those taking the drug Invokana. What starts as a way to manage the disease can lead to even more complications and a loss of a limb.
Beginning in 2015 the FDA started issuing warnings related to the side-effects from taking Invokana. And in 2017, after two clinical trials, the FDA issued new warnings stating that taking the drug for a prolonged period of time increased amputation risks by nearly double compared to those who took the placebo in the trials. The numbers the FDA found were that roughly 7.5 of every 1,000 people who took Invokana for type 2 diabetes had a higher risk of lower limb amputation.
At Portner & Shure, our drug injury attorneys believe that you shouldn’t have to suffer serious injury or loss of quality of life from seeking help with a medical condition, especially while companies are making millions of dollars selling defective drugs. Our lawyers have decades of experience fighting for those who’ve suffered at the hands of pharmaceutical companies and their flawed drugs and are here to help you in the event that you’ve suffered an amputation because of using Invokana.
If you’ve suffered serious injury or amputation because of taking Invokana to manage your type 2 diabetes, we can help you fight for compensation such as:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages from time missed at work
- Prosthetics and additional care needed
- Decreased earning potential if you’re unable to continue or perform your job
- Pain and suffering you’ve endured
- Funeral expenses (in cases of wrongful death)
The loss of a limb can severely affect your ability to live your life and the financial consequences can be drastic. Our attorneys have the experience you need to help you seek justice and get the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on getting your life back and moving forward.
If you’ve suffered amputation or another serious injury after taking the diabetes drug Invokana, please contact us today by filling out the form on this page or by calling us at 410-995-1515 or 301-854-9000 for assistance in Maryland, 703-734-8790 for service in Virginia, 804-916-1577 in Richmond, and 202-554-1449 in Washington D.C. for a free initial consultation. We work on a contingency basis, which means that we don’t get paid unless your case is successful.