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Invokana Fournier's Gangrene

Invokana Fournier’s Gangrene Lawsuit

Did you know that type 2 diabetes drug Invokana can lead to a condition known as Fournier’s gangrene? That’s right: The flesh-eating infection can arise as an unwanted side effect for type 2 diabetes patients who take Invokana to enhance blood sugar control, which also is known as glycemic control. Not meant for treatment of type 1 diabetes, Invokana is known to cause a number of adverse reactions and severe side effects for type 2 diabetes patients who take it as an antidiabetic drug. Among these are kidney damage, leg and foot amputations and Fournier’s gangrene.

What is Fournier’s Gangrene?

As for what exactly is Fournier’s gangrene, it’s an extremely serious flesh-eating infection of the genitals. For men the infection first can produce severe pain in the penis and the scrotum. Then it can advance to redness (or erythema) of tissues, and then it can advance to death (or necrosis) of tissues.

In medical terms, that process is known as “necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum.” The fatality rate for men suffering from Fournier’s gangrene is 50 per cent. That means one out of every two men who suffer from it will die from it. Most persons who develop Fournier’s gangrene are adult males. But sometimes women can experience it, often in the external folds of tissue at the entrance to the vagina. The infection is even more rare in children, but children also may suffer from it.

How Does Invokana Cause Fournier’s Gangrene?

As for how taking Invokana can lead to Fournier’s gangrene, research and case histories show that the antidiabetic drug can contribute to such infections. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken note. In recent years the FDA has identified numerous incidents when persons who’d taken Invokana then were diagnosed with the rare flesh-eating infection of Fournier’s gangrene.

FDA Warnings About Invokana

Such reports have contributed to a recent FDA warning issued on Aug. 29, 2018. The FDA warned then that taking SGLT2 inhibitors -- a classification of drugs that includes Invokana -- raised the danger of users then suffering from Fournier’s gangrene as diabetes drug side effect. Also known as sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors, SGLT2 drugs such as Invokana will be required to add a new warning to their prescribing information and to their patient medication guide. This warning will alert consumers to the increased risk of developing Fournier’s gangrene if they use the drug.

As the FDA also notes, while Fournier’s gangrene is rare, “having diabetes is a risk factor” for developing it. The respected website also reports that diabetes is among certain health conditions which weaken immune defenses and can raise the risk of the infection. In fact, as many as 70 percent of the persons who develop Fournier’s gangrene also have diabetes.

The condition occurs when an infection invades tissue under the skin surrounding the fat, nerves, muscles and blood vessels of the perineum, or the area between the anus and the scrotum in men and between the anus and the vulva in women.“The bacteria usually get into the body through a cut or break in the skin, where they quickly spread and destroy the tissue they infect,” the FDA says.

FDA Approvals for Diabetes Drugs

In 2013, the FDA originally approved SGLT2 drugs for use with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. Such drugs were known to reduce blood sugar by making the kidneys remove sugar from the body via urine.The FDA also approved such drugs as a treatment to “lower the risk of death from heart attack and stroke in adults with type 2 diabetes and heart disease.”

Type 2 diabetes meds in the approved SGLT2 category include canagliflozin, which is the active ingredient in Invokana, Invokamet and Invokamet XR. Invokamet also adds the drug metformin to the canagliflozin mix, while Invokamet XR also adds extended-release metformin to the mix. But while type 2 diabetes treatments are vital, Invokana side effects such as Fournier’s gangrene or kidney failure may make it the wrong drug.

Do You Have a Case for an Invokana Lawsuit?

If you or a family member has suffered Fournier’s gangrene or some other Invokana side effects, you may be wondering if you have a case for an Invokana lawsuit.

Our law firm can help you to determine this by providing you with a free legal review of your case when you contact us. In the meantime, here are some guidelines for exploring a possible Invokana Fournier’s gangrene lawsuit:

  • You must have taken Invokana, Invokamet, Invokamet XR or some other drug in the same SGLT2 category, including Farxiga, Xigduo XR, Qtern, Jardiance, Glyxambi, Synjardy, Synjardy XR, Steglatro, Segluromet and Steglujan.
  • You must have taken such a drug no earlier than 2013, but anytime between 2013 and the present.
  • You must have been diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum, also known as Fournier’s gangrene.

Invokana Fourniers Gangrene Lawsuits Are Being Filed

Already, Invokana lawsuits are proceeding for victims who have suffered Fournier’s gangrene after using the defective drug.

Recently a complaint was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey for a person who’d used Invokana for most of a year and then suffered from Fournier’s gangrene. Due to the life-threatening and flesh-eating infection, the patient was forced to have more than half of his scrotum surgically removed. In another Invokana lawsuit over Fournier’s gangrene, another man had to have part of his scrotum removed, or amputated, when he suffered the flesh-eating infection after taking Invokana.

If someone in your family has suffered from Fournier’s gangrene after using antidiabetic drugs Invokana, Invokamet or Invokamet XR, notify our law firm immediately. You could be legally entitled to substantial monetary payments for your defective drug injury losses, including money for medical bills, lost salary and pain and suffering. Contact The Willis Law Firm today for your free -- and confidential -- legal case review and a possible Invokana lawsuit after suffering from a Fournier’s gangrene infection. Considering the extreme costs of such an injury, your financial future may depend on it.

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