If you are taking Invokana, Canagliflozin, Invokament XR, or Invokamet, you could be at a higher risk for a toe, foot, or leg amputation. These type 2 diabetes medications have been linked to an increased risk of foot and leg amputations. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings related to these medications. In a Safety Announcement, the FDA warns of the increased risk for amputations for patients using diabetes medications containing canagliflozin.
New Boxed Warnings were required for any diabetes drugs containing canagliflozin. The FDA also advised patients to contact their physicians immediately if they noticed any sores, infections, ulcers, or tenderness in their feet or legs.
Studies Reveal Increased Amputation Risk
Two clinical trials were conducted to determine the risks of using type 2 diabetes medications containing canagliflozin. The results of the trials revealed a marked increase in the risk of amputations. According to one study, the risk for lower limb amputations for patients using the drug was 5.9 incidents per 1,000 patients compared to 2.8 incidents per 1,000 patients who took a placebo. In the other study, the risk of lower limb amputations was 7.5 incidents per 1,000 patients compared to 4.2 amputations per 1,000 patients who took a placebo.
In some cases, a patient may have suffered from multiple amputations. The risk of lower limb amputation appears to be the highest in individuals who had a history of neuropathy, prior amputations, or peripheral vascular disease. In addition, common medical conditions that lead to amputation of the lower limb included diabetic foot ulcers, infections, ischemia, and gangrene.
Damages for Victims of Invokana Amputations
If you required an amputation or suffered another severe injury while taking or after taking Invokana, Invokamet, or Invokament XR, you might be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries. Our Invokana attorneys represent clients in lawsuits and claims against Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the maker of the drugs. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a Johnson & Johnson company. You might be entitled to recover money for the costs of medical procedures and treatment, loss of income, emotional suffering, permanent disability, and physical pain.
However, your time to file an Invokana claim is limited. You need to act now to protect your legal right to hold the drug manufacturer liable for the reckless and negligent acts that led to your injuries, suffering, and damages. Do not allow the drug company to get away with causing your injury because of its failure to properly warn of the increased risks of severe harm associated with the use of these type 2 diabetes medications.
Contact an Invokana Lawsuit Attorney for More Information
If you have been injured while taking Invokana, Invokamet XR, Invokament, or Canagliflozin, call Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm for a free consultation with a nationwide Invokana lawsuit attorney. We accept defective drug claims from clients throughout the United States.
Call our office at (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to request a free consultation with a dangerous drug attorney. We have three office locations to serve our clients — two office locations in New Orleans and one in Mandeville.