LONDON — A prominent group of doctors continue to struggle with the link between Invokana and serious side effects, including diabetic ketoacidosis.
The European Medicines Agency’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) met earlier this year, and will meet again in coming weeks, to discuss ways to warn patients and practitioners about Invokana-induced DKA and its symptoms.
The condition is common among diabetes patients, because as the body burns more fat instead of insulin, ketones are released that disrupt the blood’s pH balance. The high acidity causes excessive vomiting, severe abdominal pain, mental confusion, shortness of breath, and other serious symptoms. If left untreated, the condition can be fatal.
Researchers speculate that Invokana disrupts kidney functions causing ketone buildup, and too many of them are then released.
Invokana Serious Side Effects
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 29 million Americans have diabetes, and a large percentage of them are receiving no treatment whatsoever. As a result of what some people see as a growing epidemic, drug makers found a ready market for a powerful new class of anti-diabetes drugs. Sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors, including Invokana, stop the blood from reabsorbing glucose.
After initially approving the drug, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about the possible link between Invokana and serious side effects, like DKA, severe dehydration, and urinary tract infections. Last December, the government watchdog ordered Janssen Pharmaceuticals to affix stronger warning labels to Invokana.
Victims in dangerous drug cases are often entitled to significant compensation, including both compensatory and punitive damages, because of the drug maker’s intransigence in effectively warning about possible side effects.
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