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Need to File an Invokana Lawsuit? We Can Help

By Jason Bottlinger on October 30, 2018

Canagliflozin, which goes by the brand names Invokana and Sulisent, is a medication used to treat type 2 diabetes. Canagliflozin was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2013, and has since been prescribed to thousands of Americans.

However, a number of adverse side effects have been linked to the drug, including:

  • Increased LDL cholesterol
  • Severe urinary tract infections
  • Kidney disease
  • Ketoacidosis (excessive ketone buildup in the body)
  • Yeast infections
  • Low blood sugar
  • Excessive potassium in the bloodstream
  • Broken bones

Amputation Risks

One of the most serious and life-altering risks that has been linked to canagliflozin use is lower limb (leg, foot, toe) amputation. The FDA issued its initial warning of amputation risk in 2016, followed by “black box warning” issued in 2017. A “black box warning” is the strictest warning the FDA will put on the label of a prescription drug, meaning there is strong evidence of serious hazard associated with the medication’s use. In fact, research has shown that canagliflozin users are twice as likely to undergo a lower limb amputation as type 2 diabetes sufferers who are not taking the medication! If you have had to undergo amputation surgery after being treated with canagliflozin, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your losses.

Filing an Invokana Claim

To file a product liability claim against canagliflozin’s manufacturer, the pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, your case will have to fit the following criteria:

  • You must have been treated with canagliflozin and had an amputation between the dates of January 1st, 2012 and July 25th, 2017.
  • You must have been told, by a doctor, that you needed an amputation; and that the reason you needed the amputation was due to your treatment with
  • You must have permanently stopped taking canagliflozin once you were told that you needed an amputation.
  • You must have actually undergone the amputation surgery, and that surgery must have taken place before July 28th, 2017.
  • If your amputation took place before you began taking canagliflozin, you do not have a claim.

Potential Damages and Compensation

Losing a limb can have a substantial impact on your life, your future, and your family. If your amputation was caused by a defective medication, you may seek compensation for any or all of the following damages:

  • All related medical bills.
  • Costs of rehabilitation and physical therapy.
  • Cost of prosthetics (artificial limbs).
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Emotional trauma.
  • Scarring and disfigurement.
  • Cost of household and vehicle modifications to accommodate your handicap (wheelchair ramps, hand-driving controls, etc.).
  • Loss of career or earning capacity.
  • Hedonic damages for loss of joy of life.
  • Punitive damages.

Filing a successful claim against a powerful corporation like Johnson & Johnson is no easy task. Such companies employ armies of attorneys to fight injury victims in court. If you intend to take on Johnson & Johnson, you’re going to need an experienced Invokana injury lawyer on your side. The team at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. will put their skills and experience behind your claim to get you the compensation you deserve. Call (402) 505-8234 for a free case evaluation today.

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