Ross Feller Casey, one of the leading personal injury law firms in the U.S., is actively investigating lawsuits against the makers of Invokana on behalf of clients from across the nation who have suffered kidney failure, heart attacks or have developed a condition known as ketoacidosis as a result of taking the popular diabetes drug.
In adults with type 2 diabetes, Invokana (canagliflozin) is prescribed as a Sodium-Glucose Cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitor to be used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar and improve glycemic control. However, the drug has been linked to cardiovascular problems, heart attacks, kidney failure and ketoacidosis, a serious condition caused by the buildup of acids in the blood.
Among other things, lawsuits allege that the drug’s makers, including Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, and Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharmaceuticals, failed to warn of those life-threatening risks, improperly marketed the drug, and designed a defective product that prevents the body from metabolizing excess glucose by directing it through the kidneys.
To date, more than 150 lawsuits have been filed against the drug manufacturers, and experts expect at least a thousand more will make their way to courts across the nation, including in Philadelphia.
For a recent article on Invokana, The Legal Intelligencer turned to Ross Feller Casey attorney Brian J. McCormick, Jr. for his expertise on mass tort litigation.
McCormick told the nation’s oldest legal journal that he believes the Complex Litigation Center within the Philadelphia court system will be asked to grant mass tort status for lawsuits involving Invokana, and that will lead to numerous cases being filed there.
"It's a blockbuster drug," he told The Legal Intelligencer (read story here).
In December, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration required that SGLT2 drugs, including Invokana, change their labels to warn about ketoacidosis as possible side effect.
Ketoacidosis is a serious condition with more than 200,000 cases reported annually in the U.S.
According to the Mayo Clinic, people with ketoacidosis may experience:
- Pain in the abdomen
- Dehydration, excessive thirst
- Loss of appetite, or malaise
- Nausea or vomiting
- fruity-scented breath
- Rapid breathing or shortness of breath
- Excessive urination or frequent urination
- Blurred vision
- Mental confusion
If you or someone you love suffered kidney failure, cardiovascular problems, ketoacidosis or other serious injuries as a result of taking Invokana, you may be entitled to compensation through an Invokana lawsuit. You should contact one of our Invokana lawyers immediately for a free consultation.
Ross Feller Casey handles all its cases on a contingency basis, so you will not be charged unless a monetary recovery is made on your behalf.