Does Invokana Increase Amputation Risk for Diabetics?

Due to the results of two clinical trials, the FDA is ordering Johnson & Johnson to add an amputation risk warning to its diabetes drug Invokana. The studies revealed that leg and foot amputations occurred about twice as often in type 2 diabetes patients who were taking the drug, compared with those given a placebo.

In addition to other warnings, J&J must add a boxed warning on the amputation risk to its diabetes drug. Boxed warnings are reserved for listing a drug’s most serious side effects.

What is Invokana?

Invokana was approved for market in 2013. It is part of a relatively new class of diabetes drugs called sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors. These drugs work by releasing more glucose into the urine. In fact, because other types of diabetes drugs have dangerous side effects, many diabetes patients began switching to Invokana. However, new studies have revealed the drug’s many dangerous side effects. These include diabetic ketoacidosis, kidney failure, heart attacks, and now amputation risk.

“It is crucial for patients to understand the risks associated with their medication. We are glad the FDA is requiring a boxed warning for Invokana’s amputation risk,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured by a drug and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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