Invokana is a drug used in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately for those suffering from this illness, studies have shown that the drug, which is also known as canagliflozin and is produced by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals, is often associated with a higher risk of of lower limb amputation.
The studies have shown that the drug doubles the risk of such surgeries among diabetes sufferers, even though Invokana has also been associated with the reduction of cardiovascular events by 14 percent. The studies, which are now concerning many patients, were first presented at the American Diabetes Association 2017 Scientific Sessions and then published by the New England Journal of Medicine.
Patients under this treatment experienced double the amputation risks that other patients were exposed to while on different treatments. Most were subject to toe or metatarsal amputations. But among patients with a history of neuropathy, peripheral vascular diseases, or other amputations, the risk was even higher.
Thanks to these findings, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decided to alert patients about the incredibly high amputation risks, adding a boxed warning to all canagliflozin products. As many of you might know, the FDA’s black box warning represents a severe alert that should never be ignored by patients.
Many patients who have been exposed to the drug and who have suffered amputations as a result of this treatment are now under severe stress and pain. Many have lost wages over work missed thanks to these amputations, and others have suffered other mental and emotional losses due to this problem and still, the company behind this drug has not either recalled or issued any formal apology regarding the treatment’s dangers.
At Bernard Law Group, we take these matters seriously.
We are looking into these cases and offering our help to anyone who’s been the victim of an Invokana amputation.
With over 30 years of experience in the personal injury law field, we know just how tragic and life-changing these incidents can be. We want to help anyone and everyone who has been victimized by yet another major corporation showing no care for its customers or remorse for its actions. If you’re one of these victims, contact us immediately.