Toe, Foot and Leg Amputations in invokana
According to the American Diabetes Association, adult onset diabetes aka Type II Diabetes, impacts 1 of every 10 adults in the United States. In 2013, there were over 2 million adults living with diabetes in Texas, and over 30 million people nationwide battling against the disease. Diabetes is a disease that produces lifelong chronic health problems for the sufferer and is also the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
As with many diseases, pharmaceutical companies are constantly developing new drugs to combat the symptoms the disease causes. Usually these new drugs serve the greater good; unfortunately, not all drugs wield the same results. Some come with a significant increase in risk for developing other problems, and such is the case with Invokana.
Invokana was approved by the FDA for use in March of 2013. However, since its release to the public, there has been a significant increase in toe, foot and leg amputations; in fact, the number of people losing a part of their lower limbs by amputation more than doubled. As a result of the staggering numbers of amputations, the FDA has now required the placement of ‘black box’ warning label on the Invokana drug container, signifying the most dangerous of side-effects.
It is important not to stop taking any medications before talking first with your doctor. However, there are medical conditions that your healthcare provider should have made you aware of before prescribing Invokana to you; these are specific conditions that predispose you to the risk of amputation.
If you have one of the following conditions and your provider still prescribed Invokana to you and failed to advise you of the risk of needing toe, foot and leg amputations, we highly recommend you contact a Carabin & Shaw Texas Invokana attorney now. We have offices located throughout Texas, and our lawyers are available by phone twenty-four hours a day at 1.800.862-1260 to discuss your concerns.
The conditions which predispose you to a greater potential for a toe, foot, and leg amputation when taking Invokana are:
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- History of prior amputations
Toe, foot, and leg amputation are not the only negative consequences of taking Invokana. Patients have been diagnosed with increased risk of kidney disease, as well as urinary tract infections. While it is true that the drug is effective at decreasing your blood sugar levels, but it has also been shown to cause blood to coagulate and accumulate in the foot, resulting in loss of blood flow, sepsis, and amputation.
As a patient, you trust your health care provider to ensure that the medications you are prescribed will address your health issues, not make them worse. You also trust that there will be minimal harm and that the benefits of the medication will hopefully outweigh the negative. It has become increasingly more difficult for patients to understand all the implications of disease and drug interactions. This is where the responsibility lies with both the drug company and your doctor to protect you from harm. Too often, our attorneys see patients prescribed medications like Invokana without information on its potential to do more harm than good.
If you live in Texas, have been prescribed Invokana, and are now faced with or gone through the ordeal of a lower-limb amputation, speak to an attorney with Carabin & Shaw today. Our attorneys are ready to help you obtain compensation and justice for your suffering and hold those who caused it accountable.
For a free consultation and to find the nearest Carabin & Shaw office in Texas nearest you, call our office at 1.800.862.1260 and speak with our knowledgeable attorneys about Invokana amputation lawsuits and how you too might be compensated.