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Fournier’s Gangrene – A Flesh-Eating Bacterial Infection Of The Genitalia – Linked to Diabetes Drugs

Jardiance and Farxiga have been linked to Fournier’s Gangrene and diabetes patients taking these drugs need to be on the lookout for the symptoms of this serious bacterial infection, including:

  • Genital tenderness that lingers
  • Red or swollen genitalia
  • A fever above 100.4 F

Symptoms can get worse quickly so Patients with these infection symptoms should seek immediate treatment.

CONTACT US NOW IF YOU HAVE TAKEN ANY OF THESE DRUGS AND DEVELOPED FOURNIER’S GANGRENE! You may be eligible to financial compensation.

The FDA issued an alert in August 2018 that requires that both Jardiance and Farxiga (drugs called SGLT2 inhibitors) to include a new warning label about the risk of necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum, also known as Fournier’s Gangrene.  This government action to require the added warnings came after many patients were diagnosed with Fournier’s Gangrene, usually within just months of starting on these medications. Based on the FDA’s alert, between 2013 and 2018 the government identified a dozen serious cases of necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum in SGLT2 inhibitor patients. The FDA determined that seven men and five women were diagnosed with Fournier’s gangrene, also known as necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum, while taking the drugs. These patients required surgical intervention, and some of them were subjected to multiple operations, disfigurement, serious complications, and in one case, a patient died from the effects of Fournier’s Gangrene.

In contrast, FDA only found six cases of Fournier’s Gangrene between 1988 and 2018 the in patients treated with other, non-SGLT2 diabetic medications.

The FDA’s alert indicated that there are likely more cases of Fournier’s Gangrene related to SGLT2 inhibitor diabetic medications than they reported.  The FDA warned patients, doctors and other medical professionals to be on the lookout for the symptoms and to report any side effects from Jardiance and Farxiga to the FDA’s Medwatch adverse event system.

Fournier’s Gangrene And Jardiance/Farxiga

Fournier’s Gangrene is a rare condition where bacteria infects a patient’s body and destroys the tissue surrounding and supporting the blood vessels, fat, nerves, and muscles of the perineum (crotch). Sometimes patients and doctors think that the symptoms were caused by a yeast infection, but Fournier’s Gangrene is different and usually begins with a cut, abrasion or other break in the skin; these skin conditions are common in diabetics.  While Fournier’s Gangrene is rare – it is only estimated to occur in less than two of every 100,000 males in the U.S. – the number of people taking Jardiance and Farxiga means that hundreds of people could be suffering from this devastating injury.  Of those patients, Fournier’s Gangrene is most likely to occur in men between 50 and 79, although the FDA reports that both men and women suffer from this condition.

CONTACT US NOW IF YOU HAVE TAKEN ANY OF THESE DRUGS AND DEVELOPED FOURNIER’S GANGRENE! You may be eligible to financial compensation.

Please call us immediately if you or a loved one with diabetes was diagnosed with Fournier’s Gangrene after starting treatment with the diabetes drugs Jardiance or Farxiga. Patients suffering Fournier’s Gangrene (necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum) may be entitled to financial compensation from the drug companies for the injuries caused by Jardiance and Farxiga, including the permanent disfigurement, pain and suffering they were forced to endure and missed work resulting from those injuries.

Please contact us immediately to learn more about Jardiance and Farxiga-related genital gangrene and how we can help. We will investigate your case to see if you may be eligible for compensation for the awful injury and experience that you or a loved one has been through.