Drug Linked to Diabetic Ketoacidosis, Several Life-Threatening Side Effects

DALLAS (Nov. 3, 2015) – The national law firm of Baron & Budd is investigating possible lawsuits involving Invokana, a diabetes drug manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned the drug has been linked to diabetic ketoacidosis, a condition that occurs when the body produces ketones, or high levels of acids in the blood. The condition can result in several complications, including brain swelling, impaired heart function and more.

Invokana, the brand name for the drug canagliflozin, is designed to help control blood sugar levels in patients with type-2 diabetes. It is part of a class of medications referred to as SGLT2 (sodium-glucose cotransporter-2) inhibitors. In addition to Invokana, other drugs in this class include Invokamet, Glyxambi, Xigduo XR, Farxiga, and Jardiance. These drugs work to prevent high levels of blood sugar (a condition known as hyperglycemia) by assisting in the removal of excess sugar through urination.

However, the FDA issued a Safety Communication in May 2015 involving all SGLT2 inhibitors, warning they may cause diabetic ketoacidosis. The warning was issued after the agency received reports of 20 patients suffering from the condition after taking the medications. In September 2015, the FDA updated Invokana’s warning label to include information regarding a heightened risk for bone fractures as well as a reduction in bone density.

According to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), the FDA has received more than 450 reports of adverse events linked to use of Invokana, including kidney failure, urinary tract infections and kidney stones.

“Our firm is thoroughly investigating this matter and monitoring all developments very closely,” said Russell Budd, president and managing shareholder of the national law firm of Baron & Budd. “We will always fight passionately on behalf of patients who have been harmed by the very medications they trusted to provide them with the highest possible quality of life.”

The national law firm of Baron & Budd may be able to help if you or someone close to you has been harmed after the use of Invokana. Give us a call at 866-700-8994 to learn more about your potential legal options.

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