Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced on September 21, 2016 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Invokamet® XR, it’s latest medication for Type 2 Diabetes. Invokamet® XR is an addition to a new class of medications for Type 2 diabetes treatments, known as a sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. Along with Invokana® (canaglifozin), which has been a source of recent litigation against J&J, these medications help by stopping glucose from being reabsorbed into the blood in the kidneys.
However, although this new class of medications can help people who suffer from Type 2 diabetes, the side effects associated with these types of drugs are still a cause for concern. Invokana® is the most popular treatment for Type 2 diabetes after being approved in 2013, yet lawsuit numbers against its manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, continue to increase.
In 2015, studies revealed that Invokana® could be linked to some serious potential side effects, including kidney disease, heart attacks and ketoacidosis. Families are filing lawsuits across the country against J&J, alleging the company failed to warn patients and physicians of the increased risks of complications linked to this medication.
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