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$1 Billion Invokana Lawsuit Filed in Canada

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Toronto, ON An Invokana lawsuit has been filed against Janssen Inc. in Canada, alleging patients suffered serious Invokana side effects after using the medication. The lawsuit, filed in September 2015, seeks class-action status. Meanwhile, lawsuits are also being filed in the United States, alleging the diabetes medication is linked to dangerous side effects.

The Canadian lawsuit was filed in Ontario by Rosalba Joudry, who alleges Janssen did not conduct adequate long-term studies on Invokana’s effect on kidney health to determine how safe Invokana was, and further failed to provide adequate warnings about the risk of side effects. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges Janssen did not conduct any prospective or retrospective population studies, animal studies or trial studies on its drug; did not hire experts to examine the drug; and failed to review or take action on information about the risk of drugs in Invokana’s class (SGLT2 inhibitors).

“Even if the probability of injury is small or may only affect a small group of users, this risk must be balanced against considerations such as the nature of the drug, the necessity for taking it, the seriousness of the danger, and the magnitude of the increased danger to the consumer,” Joudry’s lawsuit argues.

Furthermore, Joudry alleges, Janssen ignored information concerning the risk of side effects and downplayed the seriousness of potential side effects, promoting Invokana as safe. The lawsuit alleges Invokana is an unreasonably dangerous drug that should not have been marketed at all.

Joudry was prescribed Invokana by her doctor in 2014 to manage her type 2 diabetes. A few months later, after learning through a television ad about the risk of kidney failure, Joudry underwent tests and was diagnosed with kidney failure. She says she would not have taken Invokana if she had known about the risks. According to CBC News (9/17/15), the lawsuit seeks more than $1 billion in damages on behalf of patients who were allegedly harmed by the use of Invokana.

Lawsuits have also reportedly been filed in the United States, alleging patients were harmed by the use of Invokana. One such lawsuit was filed by Jennifer Anzo in California. Anzo alleges Janssen marketed Invokana as safe and effective when in fact it was linked to serious complications including kidney failure. According to her lawsuit, Anzo developed diabetic ketoacidosis as a result of using Invokana and was hospitalized with severe dehydration, severe abdominal pain, low blood pressure and tachycardia. Anzo also claims she would not have used Invokana if she had known about the risk of complications.

The US lawsuit is Anzo v. Janssen Research & Development, LLC, et al., Case number 2:15-at-01102, in US District Court, Eastern District of California.

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my name is David Pietrangelo I reside in Thunder Bay Ontario Canada I am type two diabetic and I'm on the drug invokana. I have been experiencing issues while on this medication

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My doctor added Invokana 300 to the regular Janumet and DiMicron to lower blood suger level. After taking it for a month or 2, I started lots of vomiting and losing weight. Also the whole body was itching beyond control. In 4 months I lost about 22 kg of weight and felt very weak.
I went through gastroscopy, CT scan, ERCP and MRI. The doctors suggested that there was a stricture in the bile duct. I went through this hell for over 4 months.
In the end I went to India for treatment. After all tests they concluded that it was due to swelling in the pancreas which may be due to Invokana.

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i have had kidney cancer and had a kidney removed in april 19 2016,took invokana in summer of 2015 until april 2016;

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between 4-28-11 to 5-02-11 I was hospitalized at danville regional medical center in Danville Va. for kidney stone removal, while I was in the hospital, Dr. R who was my doctor from the urological clinic to treat my kidney stone, came in to the hospital to see me told me the news that I had very little use of my right kidney it had shrink, I asked him how did it happen and he said that it came from the use of diabetic drugs over a period of time and one of the drugs I was taken for years was ; januvia, glupiride and glipizide, I have hospital reports and doctors documents to support what I am saying.

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