SILVER SPRING, Md. — Various pharmaceutical giants have long been guilty of paying doctors money or other incentives in order to encourage them to promote their drugs. But how much money do drug manufacturers actually spend on this process? According to an investigation reported on by ProPublica.org, these payments can be several million dollars per drug – per year.
Far from the exception, Invokana, a popular type 2 diabetes medication, actually ranks 4th on the list of drugs whose manufacturers paid the most money to doctors for its promotion for the year 2013, with just over $7 million in payments being linked to it.
Overall, ProPublica has linked nearly $27 million in payments from Invokana’s manufacturers to doctors, including payments from LifeScan, Inc., Animas Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Inc., Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and various affiliates. The payments include covering doctors’ travel expenses and speaking fees for them to promote Invokana.
These data linking payments from the drug’s manufacturers to doctors may explain why sales of Invokana have remained high despite serious health risks that have become associated with the diabetes medication. For example, the United States Food and Drug Administration issued a statement in May of 2015 warning of the risk of Invokana patients developing kidney failure, other kidney complications and even diabetic ketoacidosis as a result of taking the drug. (Diabetic ketoacidosis – or DKA for short – can eventually result in your body being poisoned by acid.)
Invokana has also been linked to an increased risk for cardiac complications in its patients. Since Invokana works by causing your body to excrete extra glucose in your urine, the diabetes drug has also been linked to an increased risk of patients developing one or even repeat urinary tract infections, yeast infections or other genital infections.
This information regarding payments to doctors in exchange for promoting Invokana has the potential to help thousands of type 2 diabetes patients who have experienced these adverse side effects while taking Invokana, especially if these patients decide to file lawsuits against Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson.
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