A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has linked Invokana to a tripled increased risk of kidney cancer (renal cell carcinoma).
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with kidney cancer after taking Invokana, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
An August 2017 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) linked canagliflozin (the active ingredient in Invokana) to a tripled increased risk of kidney cancer, also known as renal cell carcinoma, in a study of more than 10,000 patients with a high risk of cardiovascular events. After about 3.5 years, the rate of kidney cancer was 0.6 with patients on canagliflozin compared to 0.2 patients on a placebo, equaling a 3-fold increased risk.
What is Renal Cell Carcinoma?
Renal cell carcinoma is a life-threatening condition that occurs when a tumor develops in the lining of the kidneys. The disease is one of the most common forms of cancer in the U.S., affecting nearly 70,000 adults in the U.S. each year, according to the Mayo Clinic. Renal cell carcinoma occurs in men more frequently than it does in women and usually affects older adults, though it can happen at any age.
What is Invokana?
Manufactured and marketed by Johnson & Johnson, Invokana (generic: canagliflozin) is a sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor used to manage blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. The drug works by increasing the removal of glucose from the kidneys. Invokana was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on March 29, 2013.
Kidney Cancer Symptoms
- Blood in the urine (hematuria)
- Low back pain on one side (not caused by injury)
- A mass (lump) on the side or lower back
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss not caused by dieting
- Fever that is not caused by an infection and that doesn’t go away
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), kidney cancer is treated in a number of different ways, depending on a number of factors:
- Intravesical Therapy
- Radiation Therapy
The long-term outlook (prognosis) for patients with kidney cancer varies by the stage of the disease. in most cases, the survival rates are better for people with earlier stage cancers. But many other factors can affect a person’s outlook, such as age and overall health, and how well the cancer responds to treatment. The outlook for each person is specific to his or her circumstances.
Has Invokana Been Linked to Other Side Effects?
Yes. Invokana has been linked to many severe, potentially life-threatening side effects. Among them:
- Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA, Diabetic Acidosis, Metabolic Ketoacidosis, Ketoacidosis)
- Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction or MI)
- Kidney Failure (Renal Failure) / Kidney Cancer / Kidney Infections (Pyelonephritis) / Kidney Stones
- Amputations of the leg, foot, toe
- Bone Fractures Bone Abnormalities
- Testicular Cancer
- Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
- Severe Dehydration / Fluid Imbalance
- Abnormal Weight Loss
- Hypersensitivity (Allergic Response)
- Blood Infections (Urosepsis)
- Fungal Infections
- Yeast Infections (both men and women)
Are There Other Diabetes Drugs That May Increase These Risks?
Yes. Invokana belongs to a class of type 2 diabetes medicines known as SGLT2 inhibitors. Other drugs in this class include:
Can I File an Invokana Kidney Cancer Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, the maker of Invokana, which is why we are currently offering free case evaluations. Simply fill out the confidential evaluation form below to contact our law firm now.
Most cases involving pharmaceuticals allege that a drug was sold with design, manufacturing, and/or marketing defects, which typically refers to a company’s failure to warn of a certain side effect.
Do I have an Invokana Kidney Cancer 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 kidney cancer cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you developed kidney cancer 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.