A prescription drug is medication prescribed by a physician to cure or treat a medical condition such as diabetes. Invokana, or canagliflozin, is a diabetes medication prescribed for adults with type-2 diabetes. The medication has been the subject of recent lawsuits regarding the health and safety of the product.

What Are the Side Effects Associated With Invokana?

Side effects include:

  • Decreased bone density
  • Cardiovascular failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Dehydration
  • Weight loss 
  • Infections

What is Failure to Warn Regarding Invokana?

Failure to warn means the manufacturer of Invokana, Janseen, failed to inform consumers the medication could cause serious side effects. Failure to warn is a type of defective product claim based on the legal obligation to inform consumers. Every product isn’t supposed to harm consumers. Some products like medications come with dangers. The manufacturer has a duty to warn of these dangers.

What Did Janssen Fail to Warn Consumers About?

According to a class action lawsuit filed against Janssen alleges the drug maker didn’t inform consumers about the risk of ketoacidosis. Diabetic ketoacidosis normally affects people with type 1 diabetes. However, the drug can cause ketoacidosis in people taking Invokana. Ketoacidosis is an elevated level of ketones, which can be harmful those who have diabetes.
In December 2015, the FDA mandated warnings for other health risks associated with Invokana including:

  • Blood problems 
  • Urinary tract infections

Can I Sue if I was Injured because I took Invokana?

Yes. A person may sue the drug maker for injuries caused by Invokana under the defective product liability theory.

What Is a Defective Product?

A defective product is any type of product causing harm to a consumer. The product is considered defective it has a faulty warning label, defective design, or made incorrectly.

Do I Need a Lawyer to Sue for Invokana Injuries?

Yes. Talk to a personal injury lawyer about the Invokana injuries suffered and if you should join the class action lawsuit or not.