If you have been hospitalized or diagnosed with Fournier’s gangrene or suffer from an infection of your genitals or around your genitals and have used any SGLT2 inhibitors, you may qualify to receive a large cash award and financial compensation from claims and settlements from this diabetes genital infection lawsuit.
This bacterial infection is rare and affects the genitals and areas around the genitals. It happens when certain types of bacteria enters the body through a break, cut or wound of the skin. This is called necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum and if left untreated can lead to serious problems or even death.
The lawyers and attorneys at Hood National Law Group are now accepting these debilitating flesh-eating genital infection cases.
FDA warning: Serious flesh-eating infection of the genitals from diabetes medication – Fournier’s gangrene
We first learned about the condition known in the medical community called Fournier’s gangrene from the FDA website issuing an alert for medical providers and diabetes patients. Below is the FDA statement:
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that cases of a rare but serious infection of the genitals and area around the genitals have been reported with the class of type 2 diabetes medicines called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. This serious rare infection, called necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum, is also referred to as Fournier’s gangrene. We are requiring a new warning about this risk to be added to the prescribing information of all SGLT2 inhibitors and to the patient Medication Guide.”
Safety warning for diabetes patients
What are SGLT2 inhibitors – Diabetes medication
SGLT2 inhibitors are a class of prescription medicines approved for use with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. SGLT2 inhibitors lower blood sugar by causing the kidneys to remove sugar from the body through the urine.
In 2017, an estimated 1.7 million patients received prescriptions for an SGLT2 inhibitor from U.S. outpatient retail pharmacies.
Necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum
This rare condition is also known as Fournier’s gangrene (named after French venereologist Jean Alfred Fournier) and is classified as a polymicrobial necrotizing fasciitis of the perineal. It has a high mortality rate and people with this condition should medical help immediately for aggression intervention.
How many people have gotten Fournier’s gangrene from diabetes medication?
This is a rare disease, so far reports have listed one death and 11 people have been hospitalized. However there could be more that haven’t yet been reported. The FDA reports 12 cases of Fournier’s gangrene, seven are men and five are women from March 2013 through May 2018.
Type 2 diabetes medication SGLT2 Inhibitors possible link to Fournier’s gangrene
SGLT2 inhibitors work differently than traditional diabetes drugs. A typical diabetes drug tries to improve the glucose control by targeting the pancreas and liver to do several things:
- Reduce insulin resistance
- Improve insulin’s sensitivity
- Improve insulin secretion
SGLT2 inhibitors don’t work on insulin production. They target the kidneys by stopping them from reabsorbing sugar. This process allows glucose in the body to leave via the urine.
One of the most popular diabetes drugs currently being used is called Invokana, and may be linked to Fournier’s gangrene, but studies are still looking at this drug and others below.
Brand Name Active Ingredient(s)
Invokamet canagliflozin and metformin
Invokamet XR canagliflozin and metformin extended-release
Xigduo XR dapagliflozin and metformin extended-release
Qtern dapagliflozin and saxagliptin
Glyxambi empagliflozin and linagliptin
Synjardy empagliflozin and metformin
Synjardy XR empagliflozin and metformin extended-release
Segluromet ertugliflozin and metformin
Steglujan ertugliflozin and sitagliptin
Symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum
People with necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum have reported having the following symptoms, but these may vary per person. If you have these symptoms –seek medical help immediately – this is a serious condition.
- Pain and or swelling in and or around the genitals or anal area
- Red or purple toned skin in affected areas
- Strong or foul odor from the affected area of the skin
- Cracking or dry skin sounds if the affected skin is touched
- Fever in some cases
Fournier’s gangrene -Treatment Options
The medical community states that this disease should be treated aggressively and most treatment options are high doses of antibiotics and in some cases surgery in the affected areas. Surgery should be performed at first within the first 24 hours, some may need unilateral orchiectomy. In some cases fecal passageways should be contained and/or re-routed from the affected areas.
Diabetes genital infection lawsuit claims & settlements
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum as a result of using diabetes medication, you need to take action. You can do so by seeking the help from our team of lawyers and attorneys handling these terrible diabetes genital infections. Here are the common questions about the diabetes genital infection lawsuit:
- How much can you get for a diabetes genital infection lawsuit?
- I have necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum, can I sue a drug company?
- How much compensation would I get from this diabetes infection lawsuit?
How much is the settlement in the diabetes genital infection lawsuit?
The answer to these questions can be difficult to predict, as the class action or MDL litigation for this hasn’t started yet. There is still time for join in this genital infection lawsuit, but there are statutes of limitations that apply.
Some of the past defective drug lawsuits have had millions of dollars in a compensation fund, and then that is divided up between all who have joined the lawsuit. Example: $50,000,000 in a settlement fund that would serve 1,000 victims would be $50,000 per person. This is only an example and does not represent what may happen for this lawsuit.
Diabetes Genital Infection Lawsuit Claims & Settlements Fournier’s gangrene page updated on October 11, 2018,