Further genital gangrene cases linked to SGLT-2 inhibitors

Doctors are being advised to be alert for symptoms of necrotising fasciitis among patients with type 2 diabetes

Doctors are being reminded about the threat of a rare genital gangrene in patients with type 2 diabetes taking SGLT-2 inhibitors, as researchers detail more post-marketing cases.

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A review of adverse event reports, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, adds to a growing body of evidence linking the drug class to Fournier gangrene, an “extremely rare but life-threatening” necrotising infection of the genitals, perineum and perianal region.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)