Modern medicine has ushered in a new age in disease prevention and aggressive treatments. People are now living longer, healthier lives largely due to the scientific advances that have been made through vaccines, antibiotics and the overall medical understanding of how viruses affect the body. Unfortunately, not every step forward in modern medicine has had the same type of uplifting results. If you have been impacted by the terrible effects of Invokana, you may be entitled to bring a claim against the drug manufacturer for your injuries.
Invokana was developed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals in 2013 to treat Type 2 diabetes and was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) this same year. The drug was found to reduce blood sugar by allowing the excess blood sugar to leave the body through urine and was largely approved by most major insurance companies.
Unfortunately, patients and physicians were not warned of the negative side effects associated with the drug, including an increased risk of kidney failure, overproduction of ketones (ketoacidosis), heart attack and even amputation. Early signs of the resulting disease often require immediate medical attention and often hospitalization. Kidney failure is a serious condition that occurs when the kidneys can no longer function without dialysis or kidney transplant and can lead to sudden death. Heart attacks occur when a blockage in the arteries prevents blood from reaching portions of the heart and can become fatal if not immediately treated.
Invokana was manufactured and advertised as a risk-free diabetes treatment. Unfortunately, many patients who used Invokana in the early years quickly developed serious symptoms and conditions as a result of the medication. A pharmaceutical company holds a duty to its customers to warn of any serious side effects or complications associated with consuming the medication. Product liability cases often focus on several different theories of recovery, one which is the manufacturer’s failure to warn of danger. In many cases, this is simply the absence of a warning label on a product. This is true of a dangerous drug, although a pharmaceutical company must accurately test a drug prior to distributing it on the market.
A victim of a dangerous drug claim is entitled to bring a claim for damages against the resulting drug manufacturer for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
Invokana was developed to make patients feel better, not cause serious complications. Diabetes is quite often a very treatable condition that many medications can treat without any lasting side effects. Many physicians would not have prescribed Invokana to their patients were they aware of the serious side effects.
Malley Law Firm | Houston Medical Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one have developed serious injuries from the use of Invokana do not hesitate to contact the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in handling personal injury claims stemming from dangerous drugs and will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact our Beaumont or Houston offices today for your initial free consultation.