Farxiga is part of a new class of diabetes drugs called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. When taken properly with balanced diet and regular exercise, it helps to improve glycemic control in type 2 diabetics. The drug works by inhibiting a protein in the kidneys, and thus preventing the organs from re-circulating excess sugar back into the bloodstream. Instead, the body expels the excess sugar through a patient’s urine.
Both Farxiga and its sister drug, Xigduo XR, have been subjected to a number of regulatory scrutiny. The drug has been linked with serious medical complications. The side effects of farxiga are as follows:
- Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) – a condition which involves when there is too much acid in the blood that can result in coma or death
- Serious urinary tract infections (UTIs) that can result in blood or kidney infections (urosepsis and pyelonephritis)
- Acute kidney injury (AKI) with prolonged use of the medicine
Farxiga faces government scrutiny
The FDA originally denied approval for the drug in 2012. The clinical trials showed there were potentially problematic results regarding the cardiovascular, liver, and cancer risks. The agency asked for further trials be submitted before reconsidering the application and eventually approved the medication two years later. But in May 2015, the FDA warned that Farxiga may lead to diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). The FDA further strengthened the warnings for Farxiga in 2016 when it identified a potential signal of serious risk requiring an evaluation of the need for regulatory action.
The main symptoms
Farxiga is associated with the following health effects and the signs are:
- Difficulty breathing
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Unusual fatigue or sleepiness
The affected plaintiffs asked the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to combine lawsuits into a multidistrict litigation. They may be entitled to compensation if they suffered from urinary tract infection, acute kidney injury (AKI), renal failure or DKA.
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