When you live with type 2 diabetes, you depend heavily on your medical care providers to help you manage your condition and avoid dangerous complications. Unfortunately, for many type 2 sufferers, depending on the guidance of their medical care provider may place them at serious risk of amputation.
Over the last several years, the drug Invokana left many type 2 diabetes sufferers facing serious amputations. Despite the fact that the drug purports to prevent the need for amputations in diabetic patients, it did just the opposite for a disturbingly large portion of patients who took it.
If you are currently taking Invokana, or if you believe that taking Invokana lead to an amputation, you should speak very directly with your medical care provider. In a best-case-scenario, you may avoid future injury by getting of the drug. For those who already suffered amputations, a medical care provider who prescribed the drug to you has quite a lot of answering to do.
If you did ultimately suffer an amputation, you deserve to consult with an experienced attorney about filing a lawsuit to compensate you for your serious loss.
Why is such a dangerous drug on the market?
Anyone who works closely with pharmaceuticals can tell you that the process of approving a drug and getting it on the market is far from straightforward. Some companies produce products that clearly help a certain population, and their approval from the FDA seems to get lost in the mail.
On the other hand, there are numerous examples through the years of clearly dangerous drugs that the FDA allowed on pharmacy shelves for some reason. Without more specific information, it is unfair to fill in the blanks of how this happens, but it is plainly frustrating to thousands of Americans.
In the case of Invokana, however, the FDA received significant pushback from doctors who believed that the drug was dangerous before it even landed in pharmacies. In response to the concerns of a doctor who presented the agency with evidence pointing to the drug causing many amputations that it claimed to prevent, the agency simply placed a warning on its website and noted that most of the amputations removed only toes.
Why a drug that seemingly caused a significant number of patients to lose one or more toes is considered safe is beyond understanding.
Now, however, in-depth research into the drug clearly tie it to a near doubling of risk of amputation in patients who take it. The FDA reversed their position (at least partially) and now requires warnings placed on the boxes that contain the drug.
What can I do now?
If you suffered an injury to your internal organs or needed an amputation after taking Invokana, there is a very good chance that you have a legitimate personal injury claim against a number of parties.
In these circumstances, it is generally wise to consult with an experienced attorney to examine your options for pursuing fair compensation. You may have many more options than you think, but you must take action to take advantage of them.