Serious Harm From Diabetes Drugs
Drug companies say that they've come up with a new type of drug that can help treat Type 2 diabetes. The drugs bear names like Invokana and Jardiance, and they can be taken orally. But has the company properly warned patents and doctors about the risks associated with these drugs?
Those risks include kidney failure and heart problems, and they may have already become a reality for you and your family.
At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., in New York City, we are committed to helping people hold drugmakers and marketers accountable for defective or unduly dangerous drugs. We encourage you to reach out to us today to discuss your specific circumstances and need for compensation.
What Are SGLT2 Inhibitors?
SGLT2 inhibitors are oral drugs used to treat Type 2 diabetes. SGLT2 stands for sodium/glucose cotransporter-2. These drugs are called "inhibitors" because they are supposed to inhibit glucose reabsorption, enabling people to manage their blood glucose without using insulin.
Drug companies are raking in profits from this new class of drugs, which are sold under various brand names. Invokana has become a $1.3 billion a year business for Johnson & Johnson. Eli Lilly has had success with a similar product called Jardiance, and other companies are competing for SGLT2 market share as well.
But in the gold rush for profits, have companies failed to warn of the risk of severe adverse reactions to this new type of diabetes drug? If you are asking that question, our lawyers can help you demand the answers you seek.
Risk Of Adverse Reactions
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is concerned about the dangers of diabetes drugs and has issued warnings against some specific risks. These include:
- Too much acid in the blood - When cells in the body don't get sugar (glucose) they need, it can result in a condition called diabetic ketoacidosis. This can lead to a diabetic coma or even death. Symptoms include nausea, trouble with breathing, abdominal pain and vomiting.
- Urinary tract infections (UTI) - Consequences of a severe UTI can include permanent kidney damage and, in extreme cases, the life-threatening condition sepsis. Symptoms of a UTI include problems with urination and pain in the lower stomach or pelvis.
Other serious problems associated with diabetes drugs such as Invokana include heart problems and liver disease.
Taking Legal Action
If you have been harmed by dangerous diabetes drugs, we encourage you to get in touch with us to discuss your specific circumstances. To arrange a confidential consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney, call 212-514-5007 or 800-724-7971. Or, if you prefer, complete our online form.