This JUST hit the press … THANK YOU, Wes of #WeAreNotWaiting! It was been reported throughout reputable news outlets and covers an FDA recall. However, PLEASE consult your doctor if you are taking any of these drugs prior to altering your doctor recommended treatment.
Widely Used Diabetes Drug Can Cause Flesh-Eating Genital Infection was reported by Michelle Cortez in Bloomberg.co, 29 August 2018.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors and patients that some widely used diabetes drugs may, in some rare cases, cause a flesh-eating bacterial infection of the genitals. The condition, known as Fournier’s gangrene, developed in a dozen patients shortly after they began taking the medicines between March 2013 and May 2018, the FDA said. The seven men and five women were all hospitalized and underwent surgery for the condition. One patient died.
The drugs covered by the warning include Johnson & Johnson’s Invokana, AstraZeneca Plc’s Farxiga, Eli Lilly & Co.’s Jardiance.
Known as SGLT2 inhibitors, they were approved in 2013, 2013 and 2016, respectively. The drugs help the body lower blood-sugar levels via the kidneys, and excess sugar is excreted in a patient’s urine. Urinary tract infections are a known side effect.