There are close to 2 million patients in the United States who take the Type 2 diabetes medication, Invokana. However, many are completely unaware that their blood sugar regulating medication can also cause them to develop genital gangrene.
About Genital Gangrene
Fournier’s gangrene involves an infection in the scrotum, penis, or perineum in a man. Whereas, the infection in a woman is in the vulva or perineum. It usually gets into the body through a cut or breaks in the skin. The dead or dying tissue in people with this type of gangrene is often found in the genitals and can stretch to the thighs, stomach, and chest. Infection near the genitals causes Fournier’s. The infection occurs in 1.6 out of 100,000 males annually in the U.S. It most frequently occurs in males 50-79 years. The dead or dying tissue in people with this type of gangrene is often found in the genitals and can stretch to the thighs, stomach, and chest. Infection near the genitals causes Fournier’s. Those taking Invokana are at a heightened risk for skin ulcerations that make users susceptible to infections and amputations.
Before issuing a warning, the FDA said it identified 12 cases of developing the life-threatening bacterial infection, Fournier’s gangrene. The bacteria can infiltrate the tissue under the skin that surrounds the genital area. The bacteria usually enter the body through a cut and quickly spread. Also, having diabetes is a risk factor for developing Fournier’s gangrene. Between March 2013 and May 2018, the agency received 12 cases of the disease (7 found in men and 5 in women). One patient died. However, many others needed multiple disfiguring surgeries that caused severe complications. For all involved, Fournier’s gangrene occurred within mere months of starting Invokana.
Help For Invokana Victims
If you developed Fournier’s gangrene after taking Invokana, you need an attorney with experience helping people who have been harmed by pharmaceutical drugs. The attorneys at the Michael Brady Lynch Firm know what it takes to go up against drug manufacturers to get clients what they need.
Therefore, if a jury finds the conduct of a drug company in manufacturing and selling drugs to be highly reckless, they may award punitive damages to punish the company. This could deter them from similar conduct in the future. If you developed complications after taking Invokana, please speak to us to learn more about your rights.
At the present time, The Michael Brady Lynch Firm is concentrating on Pennsylvania. This is the location where our cases are pending against the makers of Invokana. There are over 150 cases there for those injured by Invokana who live all across the country. Just like our other clients, you deserve compensation. It can never replace what you have lost. But, it can help you recover medical expenses, lost wages and the loss of an ability to work. The consultation is completely free, and you are under zero obligation. We are available 24/7 to take your call.