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Invokana Linked to Doubled Risk of Amputation: Study

Diabetes patients who take Invokana had a doubled risk for amputations of the toes or feet, according to a new study.

Diabetes patients who take Invokana (generic: canagliflozin) had a doubled risk for amputations of the toes or feet compared to patients who took a placebo, according to a new study.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one had an amputation after taking Invokana, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

What’s the Problem?

July 13, 2017 – Data presented last month at the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) indicated that Invokana can significantly reduce the risk of severe heart problems in diabetes patients with established or elevated risk for heart disease.

Invokana was also found to the reduce risk of hospitalization for heart failure and protect against kidney function decline. Unfortunately, use of the drug was also associated with a doubled risk for lower limb amputations. The combined studies included a cohort of 10,142 type 2 diabetes patients.

The research was conducted to demonstrate that Invokana does not cause heart complications. Results showed that it reduced the combined risk of non-fatal heart attack, heart-related death, and non-fatal stroke by 14% compared to a placebo.

For every 3 strokes, heart attacks, or cardiovascular deaths prevented by Invokana, though, there were 2 amputations, 71% of which were of toes or the lower foot.

The risk for amputations with Invokana boosted sales of Jardiance (generic: empagliflozin), a competing diabetes drug that had already shown effective at reducing risk of cardiovascular death without the risk of amputation. In a study published in New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in September 2015, investigators reported that Jardiance reduced the risk for heart attack, strokes, and cardiovascular deaths by 14%, which is the same with Invokana.

Do I Have an Invokana Lawsuit?

The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Invokana lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new amputation cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you had an amputation after taking Invokana, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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