Nashville drug injury lawyers

FDA Issues Warnings Regarding Newly Discovered Invokana® Side Effects

by Staff Blogger | December 4th, 2015

Invokana® is a medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2013 for the treatment of Type II diabetes. But research has shown the drug may have serious adverse effects on some users’ health. Some Invokana side effects may include:

  • Ketoacidosis
  • Renal failure
  • Fungal infections
  • Low blood Pressure
  • Stroke
  • Tissue decomposition
  • Coma

These aren’t the only risks associated with Invokana, though. According to Diabetes In Control, the FDA has now linked use of the drug to an increased risk of bone fractures.

Research conducted on 714 patients using Invokana examined the effects the drug had over a two-year period. The study indicated the drug caused a decrease in bone mineral density that led to fractures as early as three months after first taking the medication.

To help prevent patients from suffering Invokana bone fractures, the FDA has updated the warning labels on the product to include information regarding the latest risks. Patients considering taking Invokana have also been encouraged to discuss the risks of the drug with their physician.

For many patients, these warnings may come too late. If you or a loved one were harmed by Invokana®, the Nashville drug injury lawyers at Ponce Law encourage you to learn more about your rights by visiting our website.


Are We Getting the Whole Story When it Comes to Drug Safety?

by Staff Blogger | July 10th, 2015

The results of drug safety tests are often published in peer-reviewed medical journals. But do these publications provide doctors and patients with enough information? Some experts say no.

An article from Salon examines the numerous medication safety studies conducted annually in the U.S. and found only a handful of results get published.

Safety findings regarding antidepressants are highlighted as an example. Researchers examined studies on drugs like Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft and found that 94 percent of tests published in medical journals found drugs to be effective. Tests that showed the drugs to be ineffective or potentially dangerous, such as studies on antidepressant birth defects, were often not published.

Legislators passed a bill in 2008 that requires all medical studies to be released by the federal government, but biases remain regarding which studies get publicized and which do not.

The Nashville drug injury lawyers at Ponce Law believe patients should always ask questions about the risks of drugs they are taking. Gather as much information as you can about a drug before taking it and report any adverse events to your physician or pharmacist. We hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe!


Nashville Actos® Bladder Cancer Lawyers Discuss $2.4 Billion Settlement

by Staff Blogger | May 8th, 2015

An estimated 29.1 million Americans live with diabetes, a condition that inhibits the body from properly regulating glucose levels. Medications can help patients live comfortable lives, but taking certain versions of these drugs—such as Actos®—can come with serious health risks.

Multiple studies have linked Actos to an increased risk of developing bladder cancer. In fact, some researchers believe the risk could be as much as 40 percent higher than patients who don’t take the medication.

Many patients didn’t receive any warning about this risk prior to taking the drug and chose to take legal action against the manufacturer. The Nashville Actos bladder cancer lawyers at Ponce Law explain that the legal battle may be coming to an end for some plaintiffs.

The drug company, Takeda Pharmaceutical, recently announced they are offering an estimated $2.4 billion to settle an estimated 9,000 Actos lawsuits. According to Bloomberg Business, the settlement would only be approved if 95 percent of the victims agree to the terms of the agreement. If approved, each individual could receive as much as $296,000 in damages.

At Ponce Law, we’ve seen the damage that can be caused by taking Actos. That’s why our Nashville drug injury lawyers are hopeful that Actos plaintiffs get the money they deserve for their damages.