Invokana, Type 2 Diabetes, And Amputation Risks

by Terry Bryant

For many people with type 2 diabetes, Invokana has been a household name for years; specifically, this medication has been frequently prescribed as a means of managing type 2 diabetes. The drug is also known under the names of canagliflozin, Invokamet, and Ivokamet XR.

Unfortunately, in May 2017, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a safety announcement linking the use of this prescription medication to an increased risk of leg, foot, and toe amputations in type 2 diabetes patients. This announcement was made after two clinical trials found that patients who took Invokana were approximately twice as likely to suffer an amputation than those given a placebo pill.

Invokana Risks

Unfortunately, two separate clinic trials that tested 2,000 different patients with type 2 diabetes found a strong link between Invokana use and the need for amputation. The most common amputations associated with the drug were those of the toes and middle of the foot, but there were also recorded instances of leg amputations both above and below the knee. In some cases, patients required more than one amputation.

As a result of these findings, the FDA has encouraged those taking Invokana for management of type 2 diabetes to consult with their prescribing physicians in order to determine whether or not use should be discontinued. Furthermore, the FDA has urged physicians to make sure patients are well informed of the increased risk of amputations, along with other side effects, before taking the drug.

Sadly, for many who were prescribed Invokana before the FDA’s May 2017 safety announcement, there was little to no discussion of these potential side effects by physicians. And by now, the damage could already be done.

More About Invokana and Type 2 Diabetes

For those living with type 2 diabetes, managing blood sugar levels can be a daily struggle. Many doctors initially prescribed Invokana for patients because, when used in conjunction with diet and exercise, the drug was meant to help the body better regulate blood sugar levels by removing excess blood sugar from the body via urination, with help from the kidneys.

If you or a loved one has required a leg, foot, or toe amputation after taking Invokana for type 2 diabetes, you may be entitled to compensation from the drug manufacturer. Our team at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury law is here to help.

Do You Have a Case?

If you have suffered from an amputation while taking Invokana for type 2 diabetes, you may have a case against the manufacturer of this drug. However, you should not attempt to embark on this complex legal battle alone. Instead, you should seek legal guidance and representation from a team who has experience in handling these types of cases. This way, you can rest assured that your rights and best interests will be both represented and protected throughout the complex legal process that lies ahead.

At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, our team is here to assist you with your case. We are happy to offer free, no-obligation case evaluations so we can get to better understand the details of your case and determine the next best steps. If you’ve suffered amputation, ketoacidosis, or another life-threatening side effect while taking Invokana, now is the time to explore legal action against the drug manufacturer. Contact us today by calling toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000 so we can set up your free case evaluation and answer any questions you may have.