Doctors Debate the Safety of Diabetes Drug Invokana After FDA Amputation Warning
News reports suggest many patients with diabetes are being switched from Invokana to alternative medications after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning that use of the drug may lead to arm and leg amputations.
Scores of lawsuits have been filed after this alarming warning and Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers is taking on cases of patients harmed by this dangerous drug.
Doctors are pulling patient off Invokana even though the study’s authors say the drug’s benefits — a reduced risk of cardiovascular events including death, non-fatal heart attacks and non-fatal strokes — may outweigh the risk of amputations. Clearly, doctors appear to know best.
While a number of physicians interviewed said they still prescribe the drug to lower their patients’ glucose levels, attitudes among others started to change after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued what’s called a black box warning about amputations last year. We remain concerned about this risks of this drug.
Invokana is prescribed for people with Type 2 diabetes. The patients in the trial were already at high risk for heart disease. However, the research pointed to an elevated amputation risk. At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we are concerned about Invokana and other drugs with harmful side-effects. See our infographic detailing the side-effects of four prescribed drugs.