The Food and Drug Administration warned consumers that SGLT2 inhibitors, a diabetes treatment, may result in kidney failure or ketoacidosis. If you or a family member have taken an SGLT2 inhibitor such as Invokana that resulted in a life-threatening injury, please contact our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys. We will review your medical file during our no obligation, free initial legal consultation and determine whether we can undertake a lawsuit on your behalf on a contingency fee.
About SGLT2 Inhibitors
SGLT2 facilitates glucose reabsorption in the kidneys. The inhibitors block it and lower glucose levels in the blood. The drugs help flush glucose out of the body through the kidneys and thus control blood sugar levels. Invokana, produced by Johnson & Johnson, was the first of this type of drug to hit the market and along with Invokamet had sales of more than $250 million in the first quarter of 2015.
Ketoacidosis occurs when the body breaks down fat instead of sugar as a fuel source. The result is a buildup of ketones, a waste product. Although the majority of these cases normally happen in type 1 diabetes, the drug results in a majority of cases involving type 2 diabetes patients in the first two weeks of therapy. Patients that develop this problem should stop the SGLT2 inhibitor immediately and seek immediate medical care. If it is not treated, it may result in a diabetic coma and death.
Kidney failure is another side effect of Invokana and drugs like it. When this happens, the kidneys are unable to remove waste, minerals and excess fluids from the blood. The body retains fluid and harmful wastes build up in the body as the kidneys don’t function properly. Acute renal failure occurs when it develops over the course of a few hours or days. The treatment options for renal failure are either a kidney transplant or dialysis.
If you took Invokana, known generically as canagliflozin, Forxiga (Dapagliflozin) or Jardiance (Empagliflozin) and suffered ketoacidosis or renal failure, contact one of our attorneys to determine whether compensation may be available for your injury.
Pharmaceutical companies have a duty to produce safe drugs and warn patients about serious side effects. If they have failed to do sue in your case, they may be liable for damages due to their defective product or failure to warn. As a result, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses and loss of earnings. If a family member has died as a result of one of these drugs, the family may bring a wrongful death action.