Farxiga Side Effects Led To Groin Infection, Destruction Of Critical Tissues: Lawsuit

A Texas man indicates the side effects the diabetes drug Farxiga led to an infection that devoured critical tissue in his genital area, resulting in painful and permanent injuries.

Kevin D. Suber and his wife, Sherie, filed the complaint (PDF) on November 12 in Delaware Superior Court, indicating AstraZeneca failed to adequately warn consumers and the medical community about the risks associated with the medication.

Farxiga is part of a new generation of diabetes drug from a class of medications known as sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors, which also includes Jardiance, Invokana, Invokamet, Xigduo XR and others.

Did You Know?

AT&T Data Breach Impacts Millions of Customers

More than 73 million customers of AT&T may have had their names, addresses, phone numbers, Social Security numbers and other information released on the dark web due to a massive AT&T data breach. Lawsuits are being pursued to obtain financial compensation.

Learn More

In August 2018, the FDA required the makers of Farxiga and other SGLT2 inhibitors to add new warnings about the risk of flesh-eating groin infections from the diabetes drugs, after an analysis identified at least 12 cases for Fournier’s gangrene among users. The infections typically began within a few months after starting the treatment, and all 12 patients required hospitalization and surgical treatment, with at least one death. However, Suber indicates the makers of Farxiga failed to disclose information about these problems, which AstraZeneca knew or should have known years earlier.

Suber indicates he was prescribed Farxiga by his treating physician in February 2015, for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. However, in August 2016 he was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis after he was admitted to an emergency room with the flesh-eating infection, which extended from his scrotum to his perineum. He suffered from dizziness, blurry vision, headache and abdominal pain, and he was hospitalized for at least 10 days due to the condition,which destroyed “critical tissue” in his genital area.

Even now, despite updated label warnings required by the FDA only a few years after Suber’s injury, the complaint indicates information provided by the manufacturer of Farxiga is still inadequate.

“The label does not warn of the severity, frequency or duration of injuries associated with necrotizing fasciitis of the genital/perianal/gluteal regions (including Fournier’s gangrene),” the lawsuit states. “The current labeling does not warn that a patient might lose part of his or her genitals. Thus, Defendants continue to fail to ensure that full and correct labeling and warnings were and/or are used in materials provided to prescribing physicians.”

Suber’s case joins a growing number of similar Farxiga lawsuits filed in recent months by former users of the diabetes drug, each raising similar allegations that the severe groin infections may have been avoided, or been less severe, if users and the medical community had been warned earlier about the potential risks.

Image Credit: |test caption

0 Comments

Share Your Comments

I authorize the above comments be posted on this page*

Want your comments reviewed by a lawyer?

To have an attorney review your comments and contact you about a potential case, provide your contact information below. This will not be published.

NOTE: Providing information for review by an attorney does not form an attorney-client relationship.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

More Top Stories

Gilead Settlement Resolves 2,625 HIV Drug Lawsuits Pending in Federal Courts for $40M
Gilead Settlement Resolves 2,625 HIV Drug Lawsuits Pending in Federal Courts for $40M (Posted today)

Gilead says it will pay $40 million to resolve HIV drug lawsuits over Truvada, Atripla, Viread, Stribild and Complera pending in the federal court system, involving claims that the the company sat on safer formulations of the drugs for years to increase profits.

Gardasil Vaccine Lawsuits Being Prepared For Early Test Trials in Federal MDL
Gardasil Vaccine Lawsuits Being Prepared For Early Test Trials in Federal MDL (Posted yesterday)

In advance of a a conference this week, lawyers report that progress is being made to prepare a group of federal Gardasil vaccine lawsuits for early test trials, to help gauge how juries may respond to certain evidence and testimony that will be repeated throughout the litigation.