Trial Results Link Invokana Use to Foot and Leg Amputations

According to a new trial, Invokana has shown an increased risk of leg, foot, and toe amputations. The United States Food and Drug Administration is now releasing an alert to the public regarding the ongoing research involving the use of Invokana (canagliflozin) and lower-limb amputations. The type 2 diabetes drug is part of a drug class called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors.

The FDA recommends health care professionals to follow recommendations when prescribing Invokana and to properly monitor their patients. They should look for signs that would indicate a possible amputation such as new pain, sores, tenderness, ulcers, or infections in the lower legs. Other potential problems associated with Invokana use can be dizziness, frequent urination, dry mouth, and light headedness.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) conducted a safety review of Invokana 100-mg, Invokana 300-mg, and a placebo. They determined that 7 in every 1,000 people taking the Invokana 100-mg experienced a toe amputation within one year. In comparison, 5 in every 1,000 people taking Invokana 300-mg experienced a toe amputation. The study analyzed about 2,000 type 2 diabetes patients.

If you or someone you love had a lower limb amputated after taking Invokana, you may be able to take legal action.

Our defective drug lawyers at Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC can protect your rights in a legal matter. We know how difficult it can be to deal with an amputation. You may be able to seek compensation for the damages you’ve sustained. Call us today to learn more about your rights.

Workplace Accidents as a Leading Cause of Amputations

Earlier this month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a report that showed the number of severe injuries sustained in the workplace. In 2015, there were 10,388 reported severe workplace injuries. As a result, 7,636 of these incidents led to hospitalization. Even more alarming, 2,644 of these injuries resulted in amputations and some even had serious injuries to the eyes in which they were gouged out.

The data was collected from 26 states, all of which have higher standards of safety than federal regulated mandates. The analysis shows an average 30 serious injuries occur in the workplace each day.

Of the industries reported in the data, the manufacturing industry had 57% of the amputations that occurred and 26% of the hospitalization. Construction, warehousing, transportation, and oil and gas industries also had high rates of serious injuries, amputations, and hospitalizations.

New regulations make it so companies have 24 hours to report serious injuries that occur in the workplace. According to OSHA, the belief is that roughly half of the injuries that occur in the 26 states with data collected go unreported. There could be a number of reasons for this such as fear of repercussions or simply not knowing the new regulations.

In order to prevent unreported accidents and injuries, OSHA raised fines from roughly $1,000 to as much as $7,000 depending on the severity. If companies continue to let incidents go unreported, the price of the fine can rise even further. These fines and new systems are being implemented to make workplaces safer for employees and visitors alike.

If you suffered an injury in the workplace and it resulted in an amputation, you may have the right to file a claim. These are serious situations and victims deserve to be compensated for their pain and suffering. Our workplace injury attorneys at Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC work hard to protect the rights of our clients in a wide range of matters, including amputations stemming from a workplace accident. Call us today to discuss your potential claim in a free consultation.