A Tennessee man who alleges he developed kidney failure from the diabetes drug Invokana has filed a product liability lawsuit against Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson and Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corp.
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What’s the problem?
February 9, 2016 – According to the complaint, plaintiff began using Invokana to treat his type 2 diabetes in Nov. 2013. Shortly thereafter, however, he claims to have suffered reduced kidney function, kidney damage, and ultimately kidney failure. Plaintiff alleges he developed these complications as a result of plaintiffs’ failure to warn of the potential health risks associated with Invokana. Had he been aware of the dangers, plaintiff claims he would never have taken the medication.
The lawsuit was filed Dec. 14, 2015 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. Plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of $5 million.
How Can Invokana Cause Kidney Failure?
Invokana belongs to a class of medications known as sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors that work by blocking the kidneys’ reabsorption of blood glucose (sugar), causing excess glucose to be excreted via the urine. It is this mechanism of action that some believe may cause kidney problems in some patients.
According to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) QuarterWatch (PDF) report for the 2nd quarter of 2014, Invokana was linked to at least 457 adverse events including:
• 54 reports of kidney failure / impairment
• 54 reports of dehydration & fluid imbalances
• 11 kidney stones
• 50 urinary tract infections (UTIs)
During the FDA’s initial review of Invokana, the agency noted the risk for long-term kidney damage, particularly in patients at risk for kidney disease. Type 2 diabetes by itself can increase the risk of kidney impairment, which may be worsened by medications like Invokana. Patients who are 75 years of age or older are also more likely to have kidney problems after taking the drug.
Do I Have an Invokana Lawsuit?
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