All Invokana users should be aware of their Type 2 Diabetes medication’s deadly genital side effect. The FDA now includes a warning on Invokana alerting users that use could lead to Fournier’s gangrene. Diabetics should be aware of the warning signs of this alarming adverse reaction.
About Genital Side Effect
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.
Warning Signs of Fournier’s Gangrene
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and The FDA warned of the risk of infections and ulcerations in 2017. The Canagliflozin Cardiovascular Assessment Study (CANVAS) found that 7 out of 1,000 patients taking Invokana will need lower-limb amputation. This seems like a small number; however, it truly is massive when you consider that Invokana is the best-selling inhibitor drug on the market for Type 2 diabetes. On May 16, 2017, the FDA issued a new Black Box warning for the Type 2 diabetes drug, Invokana, Invokamet and Invokamet XR. Due to new data from the clinical trials CANVAS and CANVAS –R (A Study of the Effects of Canagliflozin on Renal Endpoints in Adult Participants with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus), the FDA felt these medications deserved the most severe warning in regards to lower limb amputations.
Symptoms of Fournier’s Gangrene
The symptoms associated with the bacterial infection include:
- Pain and swelling in the genitals or anal area
- Unpleasant odor coming from the affected skin tissue
- Crackling sound when touching the affected area
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.