Two plaintiffs filing Invokana lawsuits have requested that a multidistrict litigation (MDL) be established to consolidate the cases in a single jurisdiction for pretrial handling.
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What’s the Problem?
September 30, 2016 – Earlier this month, a plaintiff from New York filed a motion with a panel of judges to centralize all federal Invokana lawsuits in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey. A similar request has also been made by plaintiffs in Philadelphia, suggesting a mass tort program.
The complaints allege that drugmaker Janssen Pharmaceuticals failed to adequately warn about the side effects of Invokana, which include diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), kidney failure, heart attack and stroke, as well as an increased risk for amputation of the foot, leg and toes.
The proposed MDL could have far-reaching consequences. Hundreds of Invokana lawsuits have already been filed on both the federal and state level, and it is anticipated that the litigation will continue to grow in the coming weeks and months.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved Janssen’s new type 2 diabetes drug Invokamet XR (canagliflozin and metformin hydrochloride extended release), which the company touts as being a superior alternative. However, if Janssen thinks its troubles with Invokana are over, it’s sadly mistaken.
Both the FDA and Health Canada have issued warnings regarding Invokana, and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has even asked prescribing doctors to consider taking patients off the drug in favor of alternative treatments with fewer potential side effects.
Janssen has a lot at stake in the upcoming litigation. Invokana generated about $1 billion in sales last year alone. The company is trying to remove a number of complaints filed in Pennsylvania state court, and also using a federal preemption rule to dismiss state lawsuits. However, while Janssen is trying to mitigate as many cases as it can, plaintiffs injured by Invokana side effects aren’t going down without a fight.
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 injury and death cases in all 50 states.
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