Invokana Lawyer in Raleigh
Have You Taken Invokana, Invokamet or Farxiga for Type 2 Diabetes? Read This Page Now!
Riddle and Brantley is investigating diabetes prescription medicines, including Invokana, Invokamet, and Farxiga, for potential links to diabetic ketoacidosis which can lead to kidney failure or other serious injury, if left untreated.
Our attorneys are investigating potential claims on behalf of people who have suffered injuries after taking diabetes drugs known as SGLT2 inhibitors, which are used to lower blood sugar in people suffering from type 2 diabetes.
What are these drugs?
The drugs we are investigating are called Sodium-Glucose Cotransporters, SGLT2 inhibitors, used to treat type 2 diabetes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of these drugs to lower blood sugar in adults. If untreated, type 2 diabetes can lead to serious health issues including kidney damage and blindness. These drugs have not been approved for use by patients suffering from type 1 diabetes.
More than 425,000 prescriptions were written for Invokana in the second quarter of 2014.
The following are the brand names of SGLT2 inhibitors:
- Invokana (canagliflozin)
- Invokmet (canagliflozin and metformin)
- Farxiga (dapagliflozin)
- Xigduo XR (dapagliflozin and metformin extended-release)
- Jardiance (empagliflozin)
- Glyxambi (empagliflozin and linagliptin)
Warning: Serious side effects reported
In a May 2015 safety announcement, the FDA warned that these SGLT2 inhibitors may lead to ketoacidosis, a serious condition where the body produces high levels of acid in the blood. In some cases, this condition requires hospitalization to treat. If untreated, ketoacidosis may lead to organ failure, diabetic coma and possibly death.
In a May 6 report, the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices said it had identified more than 450 serious adverse event reports involving Invokana. The most serious of those reports included kidney failure, which can also lead to death if not treated.
Common symptoms of these health conditions include:
- Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath
- Abdominal pain
What should I do if I am taking these drugs?
If you are taking one of these drugs and experience these symptoms, you should seek immediate medical attention so your health care providers can evaluate you for the presence of acidosis and possible ketoacidosis. However, never stop taking prescription drugs or change your medications without first consulting with your doctors or other health care professionals. Most importantly, if you are pregnant or possibly plan to become pregnant, you must talk to your doctor before taking this or any prescription drug.
If you or a loved one took one of these drugs and suffered ketoacidosis, kidney failure, heart attack, or stroke, call us today. Our attorneys are ready to investigate these claims and help you determine if you are potentially entitled to compensation for a possible claim. Contact us at (800) 525-7111.
FDA investigating these drugs but no recall yet
The FDA is investigating several incidents where patients reported injury or hospitalization for ketoacidosis or kidney failure after taking type 2 diabetes drugs Invokana or Invokament. So far, the FDA has identified 20 cases of acidosis in patients treated with SGLT2 inhibitors. All patients went to the emergency room for treatment or were hospitalized. However, the FDA has not issued a recall. As of this time, investigation into these drugs is continuing and is in the early stages. In addition, there have been no class action settlements or group settlements. The FDA will continue to investigate the safety issue and determine if changes are needed in the prescribing instructions.
How long do I have to file a claim?
Each state has time limitations determining the length of time you have to bring your claim and settle it or file suit. If your claim is not made and settled or suit filed in that specific time period then your claim may be forever barred. Our attorneys cannot determine your specific time period for bringing your claim without first obtaining your specific information and facts and reviewing the applicable time periods.
What am I entitled to receive?
In most cases involving injuries or death, the injured parties or loved ones are entitled to receive compensation for losses including:
- Past and future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent injuries
- Loss of income
- Funeral expenses and other damages pursuant to your state’s wrongful death compensation statute, in the event of death
Each case is different and the specific set of circumstances and facts in each case determine the value of the case and fair amount of compensation.
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Our consultation, whether by e-mail, phone or in person, is free. We recover no attorney’s fees unless we are successful in obtaining fair compensation for your injuries.
Don’t delay; contact us today for a free consultation if you or a loved one has suffered ketoacidosis, kidney failure, heart attack, or stroke after taking Invokana, Invokamet, or another SGLT2 inhibitor.