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Diabetes Drugs Linked to Genital Infection Risk

September 4, 2018 — The FDA has issued a Safety Communication after 1 person died and 11 others were hospitalized with a severe genital infection after taking diabetes drug in the SGLT2 inhibitor class.

The patients were diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum (Fournier’s gangrene) as a side effect of type-2 diabetes drugs in the sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitor class.

SGLT2 inhibitor diabetes drugs include:

The manufacturers of these medications will be updating the labels to warn patients and doctors about the risk of severe genital infections.

The symptoms of Fournier’s gangrene may include fever, pain and swelling in the genitals, unpleasant odor, crackling sound when touching the infected skin, dehydration, and anemia.

Fournier’s gangrene begins when bacteria enters the body through a wound in the skin. It is more likely to spread quickly and become life-threatening in patients with type-2 diabetes or peripheral vascular disease. The treatment may involve antibiotics and surgery.

Do I have a Diabetes Drug Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting diabetes drug induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis or Fournier’s gangrene after taking a diabetes drug in the SGLT2 inhibitor class, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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