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Pyelonephritis Lawsuit

Pyelonephritis Lawsuit

Pyelonephritis is a severe kidney infection that can occur in patients on diabetes drugs like Invokana. The FDA issued a warning about the risk in 2015 after receiving 19 reports. The agency asks patients to seek emergency medical attention for urinary infection symptoms.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Pyelonephritis induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with a kidney infection, 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.

FDA Safety Warning

December 2015 — After receiving 19 reports of pyelonephritis and urosepsis, the FDA has issued a Safety Warning for patients on diabetes drugs in the SGLT2 inhibitor class.

The agency said all 19 patients were hospitalized and some required dialysis or intensive care. The complications were caused by Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), a common problem in patients on SGLT2 inhibitors.

SGLT2 inhibitors work by forcing the kidneys to remove more sugar from the body in urine. Patients urinate much more frequently and have more sugary urine, which is why urinary infections and vaginal yeast infections are two of the most common side effects.

Diabetes Drugs in SGLT2 Inhibitor Class

What is Pyelonephritis?

Pyelonephritis is an infection in the kidneys. Many types of bacteria and viruses can cause pyelonephritis, but E. coli is the most common cause. Pyelonephritis occurs when bacteria get into the kidneys after traveling up the ureters from the bladder.

Symptoms of Pyelonephritis

  • Fever
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Pain in the back, side, or groin area
  • Chills
  • Frequent and painful urination

Complications

Sepsis is one of the most serious complications of pyelonephritis. It occurs when bacteria enter the bloodstream. In severe cases, patients go into “septic shock” and experience a rapid drop in blood pressure that causes organ failure.

Kidney failure is another life-threatening complication. It occurs when the infection causes permanent scarring (“fibrosis”), which decreases kidney function. This can lead to high blood pressure, Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), and kidney failure.

Treatment

Patients with pyelonephritis usually must be hospitalized, where doctors will culture a urine sample to see what bacteria is causing the infection. The patient will receive antibiotics that work best against that bacteria, usually for 6 weeks. They may also need intravenous (IV) antibiotics, fluids, and other medications.

Do I have a Pyelonephritis Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Pyelonephritis induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with a kidney infection, 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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