Researchers Find New Dangers Associated with Invokana
Since 2013, doctors have prescribed the drug Invokana (the brand name of the drug canagliflozin) to patients suffering from type-2 diabetes. The purpose of the medication is to help remove excess sugar from the blood. However, Invokana has been previously linked to severe kidney damage. Now, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is giving Invokana users something else to worry about – an increased risk of foot or leg amputations.
Clinical Trials Deliver the Bad News
In May 2017 the FDA announced that it was requiring the makers of Invokana to add a black box warning (also known as a Boxed Warning) to the drug’s label. The purpose of the warning – the most serious mandated by the FDA – is to inform patients of the increased amputation risk. It did so based on the findings of two clinical trials.
In both trials, researchers found that patients taking Invokana were two times as likely to suffer some sort of amputation involving the leg or foot. The most common type of amputation, according to the researchers, involved the mid-food or toe. However, there were also reports of amputations both below and above the knee. Some patients even had to have both legs amputated.
Spot the Signs
The FDA recommends that patients using Invokana be alert to the signs of leg or foot problems. These include infections, sores, ulcers, tenderness and pain. Healthcare professionals, according to the FDA, should take several factors into consideration before prescribing the drug. These include not only a patient’s history of neuropathy, diabetic foot ulcers and peripheral vascular disease, but also a previous history of amputations.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you already have to deal with a major health burden. No one should ever have to suffer the added trauma of an amputation due to the effects of a drug that was supposed to help, not hurt. Baron & Budd is ready to help patients who have undergone an amputation or suffered other severe harm after taking Invokana. Contact us online or call 866-912-8281 for more information on your potential legal options.