At McIntyre Law, we know how important your health is to you. When managing a chronic condition like type 2 diabetes, it’s important to work with your doctor to develop a treatment and lifestyle plan to remain healthy despite the disease.
Although there are several medications available that are designed to lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes, no medication is completely risk-free. If you’ve been harmed by a drug prescribed for your type 2 diabetes, we’re here to get you the compensation you deserve. When the doctor evaluates the best way to treat your condition, he must consider the side-effects and monitor you for any possible complications, no matter how unlikely they might be. But when drug manufacturers don’t disclose all possible side-effects, your doctor may not notice until it’s too late and you have been harmed.
Noble McIntyre and the experienced team at McIntyre Law are ready to fight for you when pharmaceutical companies aren’t up front about the possible side-effects of their products.
Recent reports allege that manufacturers of Invokana (Invokamet) failed to warn physicians and patients about possible serious side-effects of taking the drug, including kidney failure, myocardial infarction (heart attack), and ketoacidosis. Had the drug companies provided necessary information about the increased risk of these conditions, doctors may have considered other treatment options or monitored patients more closely.
Invokana (Invokamet) and other drugs known as SGLT2 inhibitors are most commonly use in combination with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar and improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and if left untreated can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney failure, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and a range of other problems.
The SGLT2 inhibitors under investigation for causing ketoacidosis, kidney failure, and myocardial infarction have been prescribed to patients under a number of brand names. The current investigation is focused on:
Myocardial infarction (heart attack) occurs when blood flow to the heart is restricted, causing irreversible death of heart tissue. As blocked arteries restrict the flow of blood, cells in the heart are deprived of oxygen and important nutrients. If blood flow is restricted for too long, the cells die and heart tissue is permanently damaged.
Ketoacidosis can cause extended hospitalizations, diabetic comas and even death. Insulin allows cells to process sugar (glucose) as a source of energy for muscle and other tissue. Without enough insulin, cells begin to draw on fat as an alternative source of energy, a process that leads to a buildup of toxic acids called ketones. Ketones accumulate in the bloodstream and, if left untreated, can lead to ketoacidosis.
Kidney failure leads to the accumulation of waste products, fluids, and electrolytes in the body and requires patients to undergo regular dialysis or a kidney transplant. Improperly functioning kidneys can cause lethargy, shortness of breath, weakness, abnormal heart rhythms and sudden death.
If you are currently taking Invokana or another SGLT2 inhibitor, do not stop or change your medication without consulting your health care provider. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms:
Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a safety announcement concerning Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors, there has not been a recall related to myocardial infarction, ketoacidosis, or kidney failure. The legal investigation of the drugs is still in the early stages and there have been no large group settlements over the drugs’ adverse side-effects.
If you think you’ve been harmed by Invokana, you have a limited time to make a claim of injury and the limit differs from state to state. Contact McIntyre Law today. Our experienced team of Invokana lawyers is ready to take on your case.
If you’ve never taken Invokana, and are not eligible to participate in an Invokana lawsuit, you should be aware that numerous other drugs have been recalled, and have caused injury to many people. The McIntyre Law team is helping people with several of these drug lawsuits. Please see our other drug information pages to find out if you are affected by any drug recall: