On December 3, 2015, the National Institutes of Health issued a notice to pharmacy and emergency medicine professionals about Type 2 diabetes medicines called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. Invokana®, also known as canagliflozin, is an SGLT2 inhibitor. The notice stated the following:
“A review of the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FEARS) database from March 2013 to May 201 identified 73 cases of ketoacidosis in patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes treated with SGLT2 inhibitors.”
The NIH report recommended that patients should stop taking their SGLT2 inhibitor and seek medical help if they had symptoms of ketoacidosis.
Type 2 diabetes patients, or their loved ones, may have suffered from heart attacks, fluid on the brain, or kidney failure as a result of taking Invokana®, and they may not realize that their complications were caused by the drug. If you were taking Invokana® and experienced serious complications, please contact us to get more information about your case.
Basis for a Claim
There are certain circumstances that might provide the basis for a lawsuit, supported by the fact that Invokana’s® manufacturer was forced by the FDA to add a drug safety warning to their drug labels. This was after discovering serious complications associated with taking Invokana® .
Each case is different and each patient is distinct. An expert attorney with a thorough understanding of the law as well as the facts regarding Invokana®, their manufacturer, and the complications that may arise can help you evaluate the unique circumstances of your case, determine your options, and advise you on how to proceed.
If you do have grounds for a lawsuit, it doesn’t mean those responsible for your suffering will simply write you a check. The manufacturers and physicians have deep pockets, lawyers, and insurance companies on their side. Confronting them requires skill and fortitude — you need an advocate who will fight for the just compensation to which you are legally entitled.
Some of the legal grounds on which you might have a case against a manufacturer include:
- Negligence: Device manufacturers have a duty to design, produce, label, and market a product to avoid harm to the public.
- Fraudulent misrepresentation: the manufacturer misrepresented the drug’s risks and benefits.
- Failure to warn: Invokana® manufacturers did not properly warn of the risks associated with the medication.
- Manufacturing a defective drug
Statute of Limitations
As with any product liability or personal injury litigation, there are strict statutes of limitation. You only have a limited amount of time to file a suit once your adverse symptoms begin. These limitations vary by state and jurisdiction.
It is therefore imperative that you contact an attorney as soon as possible if you feel you or a loved one suffered as a result of taking Invokana®, and experienced complications.
Law firms are filing suits against Invokana’s® manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson. We are currently working with clients who have suffered injury or the loss of a loved one as a result of complications caused by Invokana®. We’ll have an initial free consultation to go over medical history and complications, and our staff can look into medical records to find out if you have a case.
Steps to Filing a Lawsuit
In order to file a lawsuit and receive just compensation, we must first conduct an investigation to establish that injured by Invokana®. We will order your medical records and review them at no charge to you. Once we conduct this review, we will discuss when and where to file a claim on your behalf. You will never owe us anything unless we obtain a recovery for you
We Can Help
Additional activities may be required depending on the unique circumstances of your case, and there are numerous legal procedures to complete. It may feel overwhelming to tackle all this work and take on a confrontation with a big manufacturer while you are dealing with pain or other complications as a result of taking Invokana®. Avram Blair & Associates P.C. can help. That’s what we’re here for. We have experience handling these types of cases and we have staff standing ready to help you.
If you feel you or a loved one suffered as a result of taking Invokana®, and experienced complications that include fluid on the brain (cerebral edema), heart attack, or serious kidney problems you could qualify for compensation. Your initial diagnosis may not have been directly related to your type 2 diabetes, or to the main complications of taking Invokana®, ketoacidosis, and you may still have a case.
Call Avram Blair & Associates P.C. at (800) 428-2603 or fill out our contact form for a free consultation. We will listen to your story, assess your chances for a successful claim, advise you on how to move forward.