Invokana: What the Label Doesn’t Tell You
When your doctor prescribed you Invokana to treat your diabetes, you probably heard it was a cutting-edge, brand-new class of diabetes medicine, that would flush glucose out of your body — and might even help you lose weight!
But here’s what you didn’t hear:
You probably didn’t hear that the drug has been associated with a deadly condition called ketoacidosis. This build-up of toxic acids in the blood is being observed with troubling frequency among users of Invokana.
You also probably didn’t hear that your risk of heart attack and stroke could be dangerously elevated the first month you’re taking the drug — so much so that the FDA was reluctant to approve the drug, and a full third of its board voted to reject it.
Why did no one tell you this? Because the label for the drug carries no warnings about heart attacks, strokes, or the risk of developing ketoacidosis.
Read more about the dangerous side effects of Invokana, and where you can turn for help, at www.lawsuitinfo.us/invokana.
You also probably didn’t hear that the drug companies which manufacture and market Invokana have been dishing out millions of dollars to doctors in order to ‘educate’ them on the value of their medicine. More money was spent last year aggressively convincing doctors to prescribe Invokana than was spent for any other drug in the US except one.
When Invokana users aren’t told the full story, what’s the result?
Sadly, countless users of this experimental new drug have been unwittingly led into severe medical complications. Diabetic ketoacidosis can cause swelling of the brain, severe dehydration, coma, and even death. Though the FDA issued a warning when more and more Invokana users were hospitalized with ketoacidosis, the drug continues to be prescribed to hundreds of thousands of new users.
Is there a legal remedy?
Yes. Hundreds of Invokana users and their families are beginning to file lawsuits against the drug manufacturers.
In similar lawsuits, drug companies have been tried for:
• Failure to warn of risks associated with their drug, sometimes even to the point of hiding unfavorable research results
• Negligence to adequately investigate the dangers of the drug before releasing it to the public and/or to respond adequately once dangers came to light.
• Manufacturing a defective drug
• Misrepresenting the drug’s risk and benefits
Since there is a time limit for those filing a lawsuit (known as the statute of limitations), it’s crucial to get professional legal advice quickly if you feel you or a loved one were injured by Invokana. To speak with a trained Patient Advocate who will listen to your story and walk you through the process of finding the right attorney call (844) 314-0777, or fill out an information form.
Do you qualify for compensation?
You may qualify to seek compensation if you have experienced any of the following symptoms after taking Invokana:
• Diabetic ketoacidosis (with symptoms including nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, weakness, shortness of breath, and confusion)
• Major cardiac event (such as heart attack or stroke), especially if suffered in the first month of using Invokana.
• Kidney failure
Many who have suffered these complications had to undergo extensive medical treatment, including extended stays in the hospital and follow-up treatments.
If you have suffered severe complications after taking Invokana, you’re not alone. Join others who are seeking compensation and an end to exploitative pharmaceutical practices by filling out an information form, or contacting a Patient Advocate directly at (844)314-0777.
What kind of compensation can be sought?
Victims may qualify for compensation to cover a variety of expenses, including:
• Past, present, and future medical bills
• Loss of income
• Loss of future productivity
• Emotional suffering
• Psychological distress
• Legal expenses
Since Invokana cases are in the earliest stages of information-gathering, there’s no estimate yet on how much money could be made available for compensation.
Family members of deceased Invokana users can also file a claim for compensation. In addition to what’s cited above, this may include loss of consortium, loss of companionship, and funerary expenses.
Sometimes, judges or juries also award punitive damages, which are intended to punish companies who harm patients and deter them and others from medical fraud in the future.
Should you join?
The emotional and financial aftermath of a traumatic medical event can be exhausting. Our Patient Advocates will listen to your story and support you through the process of determining whether you can file a legal claim for compensation. Filing a claim quickly will ensure you don’t run up against your state’s statute of limitations, a deadline for legal action.
To understand whether you have a strong potential case or not, a Patient Advocate can set you up with a free consultation with an experienced attorney. If you decide to hire the attorney to represent you, they will help guide you through the lawsuit process. There are usually no upfront, out-of-pocket costs for the duration of the lawsuit. Typically, payment for attorneys for these cases comes from a percentage of the compensation you obtain from an award or settlement. Be certain to clarify fee arrangements with a firm before deciding to hire them.
In addition to providing compensation for those who have suffered, lawsuits are currently the most effective way to hold drug giants responsible for harm they cause through negligence, medical fraud, making false and misleading statements, and other illegal behavior that injures ordinary people just seeking to heal. When a powerful company breaks the law, it’s important for those who have been harmed to step forward and seek justice.
What will your legal team need to prove?
A strong case brought against drug manufacturers and marketers would likely include these allegations:
• A doctor prescribed Invokana to you, and you took it properly.
• After taking Invokana, you suffered a severe episode of diabetic ketoacidosis, major cardiac event, or kidney failure. This wasn’t caused by another illness.
• You did not know about the risk of this severe side effect before taking Invokana
• The drug makers and marketers knew or should have known about these risks, but did not include adequate warning on the product label.
To prove the above, in the early stages of the lawsuit your legal team will compile:
• Documents like medical bills, other expenses, and pay stubs
• Testimony from medical experts and scientific research
• Information from FDA investigations, leaked internal documents, or other material showing corporate culpability.
The judicial system often requires a significant amount of time, with some cases not going to trial for two years or more. However, most cases are resolved before they go to trial. Your attorney can help you understand what the time requirements might be for your specific case.
Why might the drug companies be held responsible?
Drug manufacturers and marketers are held financially responsible when they can be shown to have deliberately neglected their duty to patient health in order to make more money.
This has been the case with Invokana marketer Janssen Phamaceuticals and their parent company Johnson & Johnson in the past. Both have been successfully prosecuted for an over-aggressive promotion of their drugs and products, including failing to warn about potential severe side-effects, giving kickbacks to doctors who prescribe their drugs, promoting the off-label use of drugs, and aggressively targeting vulnerable populations with drugs that are later shown to be dangerous or defective.
Only two years ago, at the same time that Invokana was being released on the US market, Janssen and Johnson & Johnson were forced to pay more than $2.2 billion to resolve criminal and civil charges against them, “including promotion for uses not approved as safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and payment of kickbacks to physicians.”
Though this was one of the largest healthcare fraud settlements in U.S. history, some think it wasn’t enough to make the companies change their ways. Independent non-profit newsgroup ProPublica recently released news that Janssen and Johnson & Johnson have paid out a total of $26.9 million in payments to almost 70,000 doctors in association with Invokana. This money ranges from “consulting fees” for doctors who promote the drug, to paying for events or meals where doctors can be lobbied to prescribe the drug to their diabetic patients. This is still happening, even as more evidence surfaces that patients can be harmed by this drug.
For these reasons, thousands of people around the country are beginning to file lawsuits against the manufacturers and marketers of Invokana. These lawsuits allow the courts to assess whether the companies acted negligently in promoting drugs that had not been thoroughly tested — or that had shown negative side-effects that were covered-up in the interest of making money.
What should I ask my patient advocate?
Patient Advocates are trained to evaluate your situation and help you find a trustworthy legal team, who can give you individualized attention.
Questions to ask them include:
• Which legal firms have experiences with cases like mine?
• What documents or information should I be gathering now?
• What is it like to be part of a lawsuit?
• How much time might my lawsuit require?
• What kind of fee arrangement do law firms have for cases like mine?