One year after FDA safety review, the number of Invokana lawsuits continues to climb

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by Jay Pate

More than a year after the Food and Drug Administration launched a safety review of the diabetes drug Invokana, the number of patients who have filed lawsuits after suffering complications from the drug continues to rise. More than 100 lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals have been filed so far by patients who have suffered kidney injuries or other complications after taking Invokana to treat their type 2 diabetes symptoms.

In May 2016, Health Canada launched a safety review of Invokana and other drugs known as sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. The agency said that it decided to launch the safety review after studies showed that these medications could increase the risk of a condition known as diabetic ketoacidosis, or high levels of acid in the blood.

Shortly thereafter, the FDA launched its own safety review of Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors. In July 2016, the agency warned that patients using these medications could face an increased risk of diabetic ketoacidosis and kidney injuries.

Since the FDA warning, dozens of lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and Janssen have been filed on behalf of patients who suffered kidney injuries or other complications after taking Invokana. Several dozen of these lawsuits have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in New Jersey.

In addition to the lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson and Janssen in New Jersey, lawsuits have also been filed by Invokana users in Pennsylvania state court. Although the New Jersey Invokana MDL is already underway, patients who have suffered kidney injuries or other complications caused by Invokana may still be eligible to file a lawsuit.

Lawsuits Filed on Behalf of Invokana Patients with Kidney Injuries

If you or a loved one have suffered kidney failure, kidney damage, or ketoacidosis after using Invokana, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. The first step in filing a claim is to speak with an experienced pharmaceutical litigation attorney who can advise you of your legal rights and guide you through the first steps in taking legal action.

The law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson has filed hundreds of lawsuits on behalf of patients who were injured by dangerous drugs or other medical products. Our attorneys have tried hundreds of cases to verdict and settled in hundreds more. At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we believe that when drug and medical device companies fail to ensure the safety of their products, they should be held responsible for the injuries they cause in a court of law.

Heygood, Orr & Pearson is one of the leading pharmaceutical tort firms in the country. Our firm has handled more cases involving the powerful opioid painkiller fentanyl than all other law firms in the U.S. combined. Heygood, Orr & Pearson has also filed lawsuits in a number of other pharmaceutical liability matters, including cases involving other opioid painkillers, the blood thinners Pradaxa and Xarelto, Yasmin birth control pills, the diabetes drugs Actos and Avandia, Zofran, and other dangerous prescriptions drugs.

For more information about the lawsuits that have already been filed involving Invokana and to find out whether you may be eligible to file a claim, contact Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by following the link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few brief questions to get started.