The FDA this week warned of serious flesh-eating bacterial infections, or necrotizing fasciitis, reported by patients taking sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors intended for treating type 2 diabetes.
The federal watchdog said that between March 2013 and May 2018, 12 cases of Fournier’s gangrene, a rare but life-threatening bacterial infection of the tissue under the skin that surrounds muscles, nerves, fat and blood vessels of the perineum, were reported by users of the drug.
The FDA said that a single patient was reported to have died from the infection, and that all patients were hospitalized and required surgery, with some requiring “multiple disfiguring surgeries.”
The drugs are produced by Johnson & Johnson‘s (NYSE:JNJ) Ivokana, Eli Lilly‘s (NYSE:LLY) Jardiance, Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY), Astra Zeneca (NYSE:AZN), Merck (NYSE:MRK) and Pfizer (NYSE:PFE), according to a Reuters report, which said that the producing companies had not yet responded to a request for comment.
The FDA said that SGLT2 inhibitors are approved for use with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes, and that the inhibitors lower blood sugar by causing the kidneys to remove sugar from the body through the urine.
The agency said that any patients experiencing symptoms of tenderness, redness or swelling of the genitals or area from the genitals to the back of the rectum on the drug seek medical attention immediately.
The federal watchdog said that it is requiring a new warning be added to labels of the drug.
YOU THINK THE ANSWER IS TO PUT A WARNING ON THE BOTTLE OF THE MEDICINE WITH NECROTIZING FASCIITIS. WARNING. LET ME TELL YOU GET OUT THERE SEE WHAT THIS DOES TO PEOPLE. MY FRIEND GOT YOUR NECROTIZING FASCIITIS IN JUNE 2018 AFTER 21 SURGERIES, SKIN GRAFTING, TWO MONTHS IN REHAB WHERE SHE STILL IS AS WE SPEAK WOULD DISAGREE WITH YOUR WARNING. THATS JUST SO YOU CAN SAY IF YOU GET IT WELL IT WAS ON THE WARNING LABEL. YOU NEED TO PULL THIS STUFF OFF THE SHELF. IF YOU THINK A WARNING IS ENOUGH THEN A CLASS ON THE ILLNESS SHOULD BE MANDATORY SO THAT THEY REALLY UNDERSTAND YOUR WARNING. I HAVE SEEN MY FRIEND ALMOST DIE TWICE, HAVE PAIN THAT NO PERSON SHOULD EXPERIENCE, I SAW HOLES IN HER BODY WHERE SHE WAS JUST EATEN AWAY. PLEASE YOU NEED TO DO MORE THAN JUST A WARNING. YOU ALSO NEED TO INVOLVE METFORMIN IN YOUR LIST ITS NOT A INHIBITOR BUT IS INVOLVED IN HALF THE ONES YOU MENTION.
Makes too much $… just like other products they are mandating now. They are hushed.
Rita Gregoire says
I totally agree!!! My husband is going through this right now!! He has been in the hospital since July 9th and their saying at LEAST two more months!!! He has lost more then have of the mussel tissue in his leg… four operations and now they have been using a ” wound vacuum ” for the last three weeks before they can start the grafting because the wound is so big!!