WAOW – The FDA is warning people that some diabetes drugs may cause a flesh eating bacterial infection of the genitals.
The FDA warned that cases of Fournier’s gangrene have been reported in connection with sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors
(See list of SGLT2 inhibitors below, including the heavily advertised drug Jardiance).
This is a class medicine approved for use with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes.
Fournier’s gangrene is an extremely rare but life-threatening bacterial infection of the tissue under the skin that surrounds muscles, nerves, fat, and blood vessels of the perineum.
The FDA said the bacteria usually gets into the body through a cut or break in the skin.
While having diabetes is a risk factor for the infection, it is still rare.
Publications report Fournier’s gangrene occurs in 1.6 out of 100,000 males annually in the U.S., and most frequently occurs in males 50-79 years.
The FDA said in the five years from March 2013-May 2018, they identified 12 cases of Fournier’s gangrene in patients taking one of the inhibitors. Read more at WAOW.
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