FDA Warns Of Invokana Link To Fournier’s Gangrene

FDA Warns Of Invokana Link To Fournier’s Gangrene2018-09-05T10:08:36+00:00

Were you or a loved one diagnosed with Fournier’s gangrene after taking Invokana or another SGLT2 inhibitor. You may be eligible to file a product liability lawsuit.

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Invokana has been linked to a severe, in some cases fatal, genital infection. On Wednesday, August 29, 2018, the US Food & Drug Administration warned patients and health care providers that a class of type 2 diabetes medications can cause Fournier’s gangrene, a form of necrotizing fasciitis, or flesh-eating bacteria, that attacks the genitals.

Invokana, SGLT2 Inhibitors Linked To Genital Gangrene

Did you or a loved one develop genital gangrene, or necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum, after taking Invokana, Farxiga, Jardiance or another SGLT2 inhibitor indicated for the treatment of type 2 diabetes? You may be entitled to substantial financial compensation.

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Some patients may be eligible to pursue justice by filing a product liability lawsuit. Our experienced attorneys can help. We understand how sensitive this condition, genital gangrene or Fournier’s gangrene, can be. Contact our lawyers today for a free, confidential consultation. Our compassionate legal team can help you understand your rights and options – at no charge and no obligation. You have nothing to lose – and everything to gain – from reaching out. Let us help you on the road to recovery.

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How Do Type 2 Diabetes Drugs Cause Fournier’s Gangrene?

SGLT2 inhibitors help to treat type 2 diabetes by promoting the flushing of sugars in the urine. But as Bruce Y. Lee of Forbes explains in a recent report, increased sugar in the urine creates a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. For this reason, pharmaceutical manufacturers have long warned that SGLT2 inhibitors, which increase the level of sugar in the genitals, can lead to an increased risk for urinary tract and yeast infections.

“In rare situations,” Lee writes, “bacteria such as Clostridium perfringens, Group A StreptococcusStaphylococcus aureus, and Vibrio vulnificus can cause Fournier’s gangrene when they invade” and start consuming the genital flesh.

Genital gangrene is a true medical emergency. In severe cases, the infection can spread throughout the body and become fatal. While most cases of genital gangrene are seen in men between the ages of 50 and 79, the FDA has identified cases linked to Invokana or another SGLT2 inhibitor in both men and women.

Cases In Both Men & Women

Reviewing data from the last five years, FDA researchers identified 12 cases of the life-threatening disease in SGLT2 patients. “Fournier’s gangrene,” the FDA says, “developed within several months of the patients starting an SGLT2 inhibitor and the drug was stopped in most cases.” All 12 patients were hospitalized for their injuries and underwent surgery. At least one patient died, while several others required multiple “disfiguring” procedures.

As a point of comparison, other antidiabetic drugs have only been linked to 6 cases of Fournier’s gangrene over the last 30 years. In response to this increased risk, the FDA is requiring SGLT2 inhibitor manufacturers to include a new warning in their product labeling.

SGLT-2 inhibitors include such bestselling medications as Invokana, Invokamet, Farxiga and Jardiance.

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