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Posted on Monday, February 25th, 2019 at 4:51 pm by Williams Hart   

Diabetes and Dangerous Medications

In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) compiled a report in which the organization found that an estimated 1.5 million new cases of diabetes had been diagnosed in 2015 among United States adults over the age of 18. More than half of those new cases were of adults aged 45 through 64; men and women were diagnosed at similar rates.

In response to the growing rate of diabetes patients, prescription after prescription was written in hopes of protecting them from the disease’s devastating effects. These individuals placed their trust in diabetes medication manufacturers.

Unfortunately, a number of medications provided to diabetics have been shown to have adverse health effects that can include an increased risk of amputation, among other serious issues.

Diabetes medication manufacturers can act in bad faith, and when this happens, it is innocent victims that pay the price.

At Williams Hart, our diabetes medication attorneys work hard to help obtain full and fair compensation for all of our clients that have had their trust broken by negligent medication manufacturers and their defective pharmaceutical products.

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If you or a loved one have been injured because of diabetic medication, your team of product liability lawyers at Williams Hart want to hear your story. Contact us at (866) 303-0395 to set up your free case evaluation today.

The Basics of Diabetes

Glucose is derived from the types of foods that we eat, and when your blood glucose levels — also known as your blood sugar levels — increase, your pancreas releases a hormone called insulin to help convert glucose into energy.

When the pancreas produces little to no insulin, or the body fails to respond appropriately to the hormone, glucose will stay inside of your blood instead of converting. Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can cause an array of health problems.

Diabetes is, in actuality, a number of different types of health issues that involve some sort of problem with the production and use of insulin. As of yet, there is no cure, and people that are diagnosed with this disease need to manage it carefully with medication, proper diet, and exercise.

The Different Types of Diabetes

According to a 2017 report drafted by the CDC, 30.3 million people in the U.S. — or roughly 9.4 percent of the U.S. population — have diabetes. Approximately 1 out of 4 of diabetics do not know that they even have the disease.

That is why building awareness is so important. The following are the types of diabetes that affect millions of Americans today:

Type 1 Diabetes

If you or someone you love is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, that means that the body cannot produce insulin. One reason this occurs is that the body’s immune system attacks the cells in the pancreas that produce the hormone. While popular belief suggests that type 1 diabetes only happens to children, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Type 1 diabetes can affect anyone at any age, from children to young adults to elderly alike.

Type 1 diabetes is a serious condition that requires the injection of insulin every day. Lack of proper care can lead to death.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes — or hyperglycemia — is the most common form of diabetes; it renders the body unable to efficiently produce and use insulin. The CDC estimates that 90 to 95 percent of diabetes cases in adults is type 2.

Risk factors associated with the development of diabetes include:

  • Genetics
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Physical inactivity (lack of exercise)
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood glucose

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes only affects women who are pregnant. While in most cases the disease will go away on its own after pregnancy, sufferers do risk the chance of developing type 2 diabetes later on in their life.

Other types of diabetes can include monogenic diabetes — a rare form of diabetes that can occur from mutations or changes in a single gene that is passed down to children — and cystic fibrosis-related diabetes.

What Health Concerns Can Diabetes Cause?

If left untreated over time, high levels of blood glucose can wreak havoc on a sufferer’s body, causing a multitude of long-term complications such as:

  • Dental diseases
  • Skin conditions
  • Foot problems
  • Hearing impairment
  • Eye problems
  • Nerve damage
  • Kidney diseases
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Stroke

Eventually, if left untreated, diabetes — and the resulting long-term complications it causes — can lead to disabling or life-threatening illnesses.

With proper treatment, however, diabetes can be managed effectively. Medications paired with a healthy diet and exercise can help sufferers have a better quality of life.

However, in certain instances, these medications can actually exacerbate health problems and leave users with larger health problems. When that happens, you need the strong representation of Williams Hart to help guide you through the convoluted legal system of product liability.

Contact our defective drug attorneys today at (866) 303-0395 for your FREE and confidential case evaluation.

What You Need To Know About Diabetes Medication

Diabetes medications are designed to assist the user in controlling blood glucose levels by stimulating the release of specific chemicals in the brain, pancreas, and bloodstream. These medications can also help to lower the levels of blood glucose in the liver.

The downside to these medications is that some of them can have severe side effects. Scientific studies have shown that several type 2 diabetes medications can cause afflictions such as:

  • Heart attacks
  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Certain types of cancers

Every day, we place our trust in the hands of pharmaceutical manufacturers and drug manufacturers to help us in our fight against serious illnesses. Sometimes, these large corporations act against the best interests of the American people.

Diabetic Medication You Need to Look Out For

According to information compiled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it has been made evident that certain type 2 diabetes medications can increase the risk of developing a number of serious health issues:

Drugs that have been known to cause adverse effects in users include:

  • Actos – The FDA required the manufacturers of Actos in 2017 to include a warning label to patients. This recommendation claimed that patients taking the drug should refrain from doing so because it may increase the risk of heart attacks and the development of bladder cancer.
  • Avandia – This drug may increase the risk of the user suffering a heart attack. The drug’s manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, has agreed to pay out a $3 billion settlement in civil and criminal cases after it admitted to the inherent dangers of the drug.
  • Byetta, Januvia – Researchers at UCLA have determined that these drugs increase the risk of developing pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.
  • Invokana, Invokamet, Invokamet XR – These SGLT2 inhibitors may increase the risk of developing diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), urinary tract infections, acute kidney injuries, bone fractures, and also increase the risk of a leg, foot, and toe amputation.
  • Onglyza – Like most other DPP-4 inhibitor drugs, Onglyza has been linked to an increased risk of users developing pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, heart failure, and potentially to rhabdomyolysis.
  • Victoza – This drug is linked to the development of thyroid tumors, according to the FDA. These tumors may be cancerous, and like other incretin mimetic drugs, Victoza may also be linked to the development of pancreatitis.

If You Suffered an Adverse Effect Because of Diabetic Medication

The first step is to get medical attention immediately. Your health is your priority.

After you have received medical treatment, you should collect all relevant documentation about the injury sustained from the diabetic medication. This can include medical records, hospital bills, prescriptions, or any other documentation that shows you were taking the medication (as well as the duration of the treatment).

Keep all relevant documentation in a safe location, and if possible, create a digital copy of the documents as well.

Then you will want to seek out the services of an experienced defective drug attorney to help you gain the restitution you need to lessen any financial burden that has been placed upon you and your family as a result of taking the drug.

In some cases, a lawsuit may be an option for recovering any financial damages you have suffered. Seeking compensation for these side effects is well within your right if the company that manufactured the medication:

  • Was aware that their product could cause adverse health effects.
  • Failed to relay important information concerning the potential risks associated with the use of their products.
  • Did not conduct thorough pre-market testing and/or post-market studies.
  • Failed to report adverse findings.

Determining Compensation

An experienced and qualified attorney has the resources available to conduct a thorough investigation into how you were injured and what damages you may be able to recover, including compensation for but not limited to:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium

If you are unfortunate enough to have lost a loved one because of any of the above drugs, you still have a case for seeking out wrongful death compensation from the manufacturer.

It all starts with making a call to Williams Hart at (866) 303-0395 to schedule your FREE, no obligation, case evaluation. No longer suffer in silence.


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Posted on Friday, August 31st, 2018 at 2:18 pm by Williams Hart   

National Invokana Injury Lawsuits

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Invokana (canagliflozin), Invokamet (canagliflozin and metformin), and Invokamet XR (canagliflozin and metformin hydrochloride extended-release) are prescription drugs used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Sold by Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson and heavily prescribed between 2013 through 2017, Invokana has been linked to an increased risk of amputations, Fournier’s Gangrene, and other serious health risks.

The Invokana injury lawsuits attorneys at Williams Hart are actively investigating claims on behalf of patients who were prescribed the drug and suffered serious complications and injuries as a result taking it.

If you or a loved one have suffered from complications such as amputation of the leg, feet, or toes, DO NOT hesitate to contact Williams Hart today at (866) 303-0395 to schedule your FREE, no-obligation consultation.

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What is Invokana?

Invokana and related drugs are SGLT2 (sodium-glucose cotransporter 2) inhibitors, which are oral medications prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes. The drugs work essentially by preventing glucose from being absorbed into the kidneys. As a result, there is a decrease of glucose in the blood. The excess glucose is processed through urine.

SGLT2 inhibitors, such as Invokana, are generally used alone or with metformin, or other diabetic medications. When coupled with exercise and diet, these medications help to reduce blood glucose in adults with type 2 diabetes.

Accounting for 90% to 95% of all diabetes cases, type 2 diabetes occurs when the body is no longer able to use insulin correctly and blood glucose levels begin to rise to unsafe levels. This can lead to issues with the creation and processing of insulin within the body, as well as result in major health issues such as:

  • Kidney damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Loss of vision
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure

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Invokana was approved for sale by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in March 2013 but the FDA required them to place warning labels on the packaging in 2017 to inform users about the increased risks associated with the defective drug. Sales have slumped since then, but unfortunately, the drug is still being prescribed.

If you have suffered any health issues as a result of taking Invokana or another SGLT2 inhibitor, do NOT hesitate to contact the defective drug attorneys at Williams Hart right now by dialing (866) 303-0395 or filling out our contact form.

Symptoms and Side Effects

Issues surrounding the use of Invokana were noted from as early as clinical trials. Common side effects associated with Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors include:

  • Genital yeast infections in men and women
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Increased urination
  • Yeast infections
  • Thirst
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Skin sensitivity to sunlight
  • Hypersensitivity reactions (i.e. skin redness, rashes, itching, hives & swelling)
  • Back pain
  • Flu-like symptoms

Serious side effects of SGLT2 inhibitors include:

  • Kidney failure
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Coma
  • Hyperkalemia (high levels of potassium in the blood)
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis
  • Increased cholesterol levels
  • Serious urinary tract infections
  • Increased bladder cancer risk
  • Serious allergic reactions
  • Low blood glucose (hypoglycemia) when combined with insulin or drugs that increase insulin production
  • An increased risk of bone fractures

One of the most daunting side effects is the increased risk for leg and foot amputations. In May 2017, the FDA issued a warning that “interim safety results from ongoing clinical trials found an increase in leg and foot amputations, [but] mostly affecting the toes.”

The Invokana website includes the following warning:

“INVOKANA® may increase your risk of lower-limb amputations. Amputations mainly involve removal of the toe or part of the foot; however, amputations involving the leg, below and above the knee, have also occurred. Some people had more than one amputation, some on both sides of the body.”

Users of Invokana should be aware that some of these conditions may require emergency medical attention followed by long-term medical treatment. If you are dealing with any of the previously mentioned side effects, it is in your best interest to notify your doctor immediately.

FDA Black Box Warning

In May of 2017, the FDA issued a Safety Announcement regarding type 2 diabetes medicine canagliflozin (which includes Invokana, Invokamet, and Invokament XR). Their findings were based on two large clinical trials in which they concluded that SGLT2 inhibitors were causing an increased risk of leg and foot amputations.

The two clinical trials – the CANVAS and CANVAS-R – showed that leg and foot amputations occurred at nearly twice the rate for patients treated with canagliflozin compared to patients treated with a placebo. The CANVAS trial found that over a year’s time, the risk of amputation for patients in the trial stood at:

  • 5.9 out of every 1,000 patients treated with canagliflozin
  • 2.8 out of every 1,000 patients treated with placebo

The CANVAS-R study showed that over a year’s time, the risk of amputation for patients in the trial testing was equivalent to:

  • 7.5 out of every 1,000 patients treated with canagliflozin
  • 4.2 out of every 1,000 patients treated with placebo

The FDA warnings should be taken seriously by physicians; there are a number of factors that should be taken into consideration that predispose patients to amputations, such as previous amputations, peripheral vascular disease, neuropathy, and diabetic foot ulcers. Physicians should also keep on eye on the development of ulcers, sores, pain or tenderness, “and discontinue canagliflozin if these complications occur,” as per the FDA.

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As a result of these findings, the FDA has since required Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson to provide “Black Box” warnings on the packaging of these products.

But this isn’t the only issue with Invokana and other SGLT2 diabetes drugs. Notable announcements include:

  • During clinical trials, 13 patients who were taking Invokana suffered a heart attack or stroke within the first 30 days of treatment.
  • In 2015, the FDA issued a warning that SGLT2 inhibitors may result in a serious condition of too much acid in the blood.
  • In 2015, the FDA issued a drug safety communication regarding the risks of bone fractures and decreased bone density for individuals who use Invokana.
  • In 2015 and 2016, multiple safety communications were issued regarding the increased risk of dangerous urinary tract infections and risk of kidney injuries for Invokana users.

Janssen Pharmaceutical has been very negligent about properly testing their products before releasing them out to unsuspecting users. Invokana has proven itself to be a very dangerous drug with extremely serious – and sometimes even deadly – side effects.

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At Williams Hart, we know that the physical, emotional, and financial toll of dealing with the harmful side effects of these drugs can change your life forever. Do NOT let your pain go unheard. Contact us today at (866) 303-0395 to schedule your FREE, no-obligation consultation.

Damages We Will Fight For

Depending on the specifics of your defective drug claim, as well as the injuries suffered from taking an SGLT2, our dedicated product liability lawyers will fight to recover damages for but not limited to:

  • Medical Expenses – Compensation to cover current and future medical expenses related to your injury.
  • Pain and Suffering – Damages to cover quality of life changes.
  • Loss Wages and Future Earnings – Recovery of any lost or future wages if your injury does not allow you to return back to work.
  • Reduced Earning Capacity – Compensation to cover an inability to return to a previous job, an inability to get a promotion because of said injury, or any other hypothetical ability to earn a living.
  • Loss of Consortium – Damages to cover injuries that affect your relationships with your spouse and/or children.
  • Punitive Damages – This type of compensation is awarded when it is proven that the negligent company or manufacturer acted in a malicious, fraudulent, or grossly negligent behavior.

Contact Williams Hart today at (866) 303-0395 to schedule your FREE, no-obligation consultation.

Filing a Claim

All across the nation, individuals who have suffered as a result of Johnson & Johnson’s SGLT2 inhibitor are fighting against the negligently produced medication. Allegations include marketing without adequate clinical testing or post-market safety studies, misrepresented or concealed risks, and exaggerated benefits.

If you suffered an amputation of a leg, foot, or toe as a result of taking Invokana, Invokament, or Invokamet XR, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your defective drug injury.

If you or your loved one has suffered an amputation as a result of taking Invokona, contact Williams Hart immediately. With over 30 years of experience, we have the skills, knowledge, and ability to help you obtain the justice and recovery you deserve.

Greedy drug manufacturers do not have the right to take advantage of you and destroy your life. We are not afraid to take these corporations to trial and fight for you.

Contact us right now for a FREE, 100% confidential consultation with a member of our team today.

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced in March 2013 that the FDA had approved Invokana (canagliflozin) for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes. Invokana is advertised as a once-daily pill with a 300-mg dose that was proven to show greater A1C (the abbreviation for glycated hemoglobin; A1C percentage measures how much sugar is attached to the blood’s hemoglobin protein) reductions than a competitor’s.
People who are dealing with type 2 diabetes may be prescribed several medications, and some may be uncertain about which drugs they may have taken. If you are not sure whether you were prescribed Invokana, the easiest way to get clarification is simply to speak to your health care provider and ask for a history of your medications.
Victims who have developed Fournier’s Gangrene after taking Invokana suffer some of the most horrific consequences imaginable after using the drug. These people could be entitled to various types of damages in these cases. Victims could be owed compensation for all past and future medical expenses as well as past lost wages and future lost income. Additional awards could include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium.

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Posted on Thursday, August 30th, 2018 at 5:10 pm by Williams Hart   

Fournier’s Gangrene Invokana Lawsuit

If you or someone close to you developed Fournier’s Gangrene or had to have an amputation after taking Invokana, you could be owed significant compensation. The Fournier’s gangrene lawsuit attorneys of Williams Hart are actively investigating claims on behalf of patients just like you who took Invokana at the direction of their doctor and developed necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum. Our attorneys are ready to talk to you right away, so schedule a FREE, no-obligation consultation with us at (866) 303-0395 and let us help you determine what type of compensation might be available to you.

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The manufacturer of Invokana has a responsibility to test the drugs for harmful side effects and warn doctors and patients about the potential harm their drug could cause. When they fail to do so, you have a right to hold them accountable for the infections and harm their drugs cause. When your health has been jeopardized by a drug company that is only out to make a profit, the attorneys of Williams Hart will be there to fight for you and see that justice is served.

Our consultations are always free, and you won’t owe us a penny unless we get compensation for you. Don’t wait. Contact us at (866) 303-0395, fill out a contact form, or chat with us live right now.

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While no cases have been settled yet regarding Invokana and Fournier’s gangrene or amputations, this is not the first time these drug manufacturers have been forced to pay for harm that they’ve caused people who took their medications. Patients who have been harmed by diabetes drugs they took to help them with their condition have received compensation including:

  • $9 billion to a man who developed bladder cancer after taking the diabetes drug Actos. The judge in the case ordered Eli Lilly and Takeda to pay the main in 2014. Takeda agreed to pay an additional $2.37 billion to settle 9,000 more cases.
  • Almost $1 billion settlement from GlaxoSmithKline for Avandia cases from 2010 to 2011. The company set aside an additional $3.4 billion for future Avandia settlements.

Patients who were harmed by dangerous these other diabetes drugs have been able to secure significant settlements and verdicts against the drug manufacturers. Like most cases that involve taking on large multinational companies, getting justice may only be possible with an experienced legal team that knows how to win, and win big.

Symptoms of Fournier’s gangrene

Fournier’s gangrene is a very serious infection of the genitals and the area around the genitals. Patients who began SGLT2 therapy and developed necrotizing fasciitis reported severe symptoms including:

  • Pain in the genital or anal area
  • Swelling of the affected area
  • Fever
  • Dehydration
  • Anemia
  • Unpleasant odor from the infected area
  • A “crackling” sound when the affected area is touched

Treatment of this infection requires a prompt diagnosis of the condition, followed by intravenous fluids, broad-spectrum antibiotics, and surgery.

Do I have an Invokana claim?

If you developed Fournier’s gangrene or underwent an amputation after a doctor prescribed Invokana, you could have a claim. The best way to discover whether you have a valid Invokana claim is to immediately contact Williams Hart to speak with a knowledgeable member of our team.

One of our Invokana amputation lawyers will provide a free consultation of your case and will let you know your rights and legal options. There is a statute of limitations when it comes to filing injury claims against a drug manufacturer, so it is critical that you contact us right away.

Amputations

In some cases, doctors have had to amputate an Invokana patients’ limbs in order to save them from the drug’s side effects. Amputation of a leg, foot, or toe that occurred while or within 90 days of taking Invokana, Invokamet, or Invokamet XR can potentially be attributed to the drug. If you believe this could be the reason you had to have an amputation, a lawyer can help determine if you have a case and if you are able to seek compensation.

What type of compensation am I owed?

If you or someone you love developed Fournier’s gangrene or had an amputation after taking Invokana, the manufacturer of the drug could owe you significant compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced. You could be able to recover damages including:

  • Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages from time off of work
  • Funeral expenses (if a loved one died due to the use of the drug)
  • Loss of consortium (if a loved one died due to use of the drug)
  • Punitive damages

Only an experienced attorney can tell you what your claim is worth, so schedule a consultation as soon as possible to discuss your rights and options.

Contact Williams Hart Now

When pharmaceutical companies like those who developed, marketed, and sold the drug you were prescribed cause you harm, you have a right to take legal action against them. The team at Williams Hart have more than three decades of experience holding the biggest companies in the world accountable for the harm they’ve caused people just like you. We have the experience, skill, and vast resources needed to take on Big Pharma, and we’re ready to fight for you.

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Patients who have been hurt by Invokana are often fearful that their voices won’t be heard or that they cannot afford an attorney to fight for them. Both fears are unfounded. Williams Hart is ready to stand up for you, and we won’t collect any money until we win your case. There’s no risk to call us to discuss what happened to you, so schedule your FREE consultation now by calling (866) 303-0395, chatting with us live, or by filling out a contact form today.

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