Genital Infection Lawsuit
A genital infection lawsuit may be an option for people who have developed a genital infection or the area surrounding the genitals. Following a warning issued by the FDA, lawyers are looking into possible connections between genital infections and the use of several drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes, including Invokana, Jardiance and Farxiga.
The infection, known as Fournier’s gangrene, is an extremely rare but life-threatening bacterial infection that quickly spreads and destroys the infected tissue under the skin that surrounds muscles, nerves, fat, and blood vessels of the perineum. Affected patients and their families may be able to pursue a claim and recover compensation with the help of a dangerous drug attorney.
If you or a loved one have been adversely affected by a potentially dangerous drug, contact Attorney Group to learn about your options. We offer free, no obligation consultations. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a disease that occurs when a person’s blood glucose (also called blood sugar) is too high. Blood glucose is your main source of energy and comes mainly from the food you eat, and those who have type 2 diabetes aren’t able to make enough insulin to help glucose get to your cells. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes, and millions of Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year.
Sodium-Glucose Cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) Inhibitors
What are SGLT2 Inhibitors?
Sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 SGLT2 inhibitors are a class of FDA-approved prescription medicines that are used to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes in addition to diet and exercise. Medicines in the SGLT2 inhibitor class include th active ingredients canagliflozin, dapagliflozin, and empagliflozin.
How Do They Work?
SGLT2 inhibitors are available as single-ingredient products and also in combination with other diabetes medicines such as metformin. They lower blood sugar by causing the kidneys to remove sugar from the body through the urine. The safety and efficacy of SGLT2 inhibitors have not been established in patients with type 1 diabetes, and FDA has not approved them for use in these patients.
FDA-Approved SGLT2 Inhibitors
FDA-approved SGLT2 inhibitors include medications manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s, Eli Lilly & Co, Bristol-Myers Squibb, AstraZeneca Plc, Merck & Co, and Pfizer Inc.
- Invokana (canagliflozin)
- Invokamet & Invokamet XR (canagliflozin and metformin)
- Farxiga (dapagliflozin)
- Jardiance (empagliflozin)
- Xigduo XR (dapagliflozin and metformin)
- Qtern (dapagliflozin and saxagliptin)
- Glyxambi (empagliflozin and linagliptin)
- Synjardy & Synjardy XR (empagliflozin and metformin)
- Steglatro (ertugliflozin)
- Segluromet (ertugliflozin and metformin)
- Steglujan (ertugliflozin and sitagliptin)
Lauren A. on May 16, 2016
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Other SGLT2 Side Effects
Common side effects of SGLT2 inhibitors include yeast infections, urinary tract infections, and low blood sugar when combined with other prescription diabetes medicines.
According to the FDA, SGLT2 inhibitors can also cause local genital fungal infections, also known as yeast infections. Yeast infections are different from necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum (Fournier’s gangrene) because they cause limited local symptoms like vaginal or penile discharge, itching, or redness.
Patients with yeast infections do not experience fever or a general feeling of being unwell.
Genital Infection Lawsuit News
- August 2018FDA issues a safety announcement warning patients and health care professionals of a rare but serious infection of the genitals and area around the genitals reportedly linked to a class of type 2 diabetes medicines known as sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors.
How a Genital Infection Lawsuit Attorney Can Help
Drug makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their products, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a drug maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
People injured by Invokana, Jardiance, Faxiga or other SGLT2 inhibitor, may be eligible to recover money for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
The families of those who have died may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.