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 I have service connected Chloracne, Diabetes II, and heart disease. In Dec, 2019 I was prescribed by the VA to take 25 mg per day of the relatively new drug Jardiance.  My cardiologist said that it would help with my Diabetes as well as the heart disease. I then started complaining of huge boils coming up in my right and then left inner groin. After many dermatology and emergency room visits, no diagnosis or treatment, other than a look see and another bottle of antibiotics.antibiotics.

On July 1, 2020, things got a lot worse, so another trip to the ER and another bottle of ills. The pain was so great that I took some very strong opioids and slept away a day and a half. On July 3rd I once again returned to the ER. I have no memory of opening the ER door or seeing anyone. I woke up weeks later in the VA SCIU with  really bad pain. I didn't know why I was there or what had happened to me. I deduced that I must have been involved in a really awful car crash, perhaps someone was killed! Was it my wife, or maybe my grandchildren! With the covid 19 restrictions in place, no visitors. I asked everyone attending me but I got no answers.

Some time weeks later my cardiologist appeared at my bedside and told me that I had to have emergency surgery for Fournier's Gangrene, a flesh eating bacteria that was caused by a perfect storm, created by the Cloracne, the Diabetes, and the medication, Jordiance. I had lost my private parts, including from three inches above my navel in the front to include my anus in the back. I have huge skin graft sites in my upper legs. the grafts were used to reconstruct from my buttocks to my navel and everything in between. I was given a 4.74% chance to survive the operation. At this time ,I am close to two months out, where I was given a 17.11 % chance of survival of 180 days. 

There were only 19 cases of Fourniers Gangrene in 35 years, that is until they started prescribing Jardiance, now the FDA has identified 55 new cases.

The drug goes by several names such as Jordiance, Emphgliflozin, Canagliflozin, and Dapagliflozin, Dapagliflozin is better better known as Farxiga.

For a more complete story on my experience with the drug listen to the September 17th podcast in Exposed Vets. There will probably be a follow up broadcast later on this year, If I can survive the 180 day period, which is up December 3rd. And yes, I am making plans for the future.

All I can say at this point is, If you have heart disease and/or diabetes check your medications! especially if you also have chloracne or another skin disease. Inform family and friends. The next time a tv commercial on such drugs Jordiance comes on, listen to the known side effects that are also listed.

Merry Christmas, and Happy new year!

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I have service connected Chloracne, Diabetes II, and heart disease. In Dec, 2019 I was prescribed by the VA to take 25 mg per day of the relatively new drug Jardiance.  My cardiologist said that it wo

"All I can say at this point is, If you have heart disease and/or diabetes check your medications! especially if you also have chloracne or another skin disease. Inform family and friends. The next ti

Incredibly, there "may" be a silver lining to this tragedy.  Getting "even" with VA may just motivate you to beat your survival odds.  Now, I know "nothing" about Jardiance, side effects, diabetes, he

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"All I can say at this point is, If you have heart disease and/or diabetes check your medications! especially if you also have chloracne or another skin disease. Inform family and friends. The next time a tv commercial on such drugs Jordiance comes on, listen to the known side effects that are also listed."

James, I will listen to the show later today----I am stunned at what you have been through-

I can only add on thing to what you said above:

Every vet should check every medication the VA prescribes to them.

In my FTCA case the VA admitted to misdiagnosing heart disease stroke, HBP, and also 2 medications they gave my husband were contributors to his sudden and wrongful death.

They awarded me 1151 as well, but I filed for AO DMII , as accrued, DMII due to AO, and which the VA had never diagnosed properly or treated him for- this was an additional malpractice issue but I filed instead for direct SC. My daughter, a veteran had urged me to do this while she was in the Military. Finally I filed-I didnt want to deal with the VA again, and since I was also in Military school, I was quite patient knowing the appeal was getting to the BVA. My RO refused to read my IMOs and I just could not deal with another battle with them.

The BVA can read. I won.

By then I also had a freebee IMO from a Neuro doctor who had treated my husband and then left VA and  went into private practice- and he remembered the case , The BVA gave his corroborating statement  a lot of weight to two IMOs I had from Dr. Bash.

Since I had 3 IMos at that point the BV remand for a third VA opinion from a cardio doctor- I was elated because I know cardiology quite well and knew a cardio doctor would have a hard time trying to go against my evidence. BUT I also made sure and ordered a Forensic Cardio IMO and paid for it. I had spent over 5 thousand on IMOs at that point, because these were the first thorough opinions I had from IMO docs, in addition to the original VACO cardio  opinion that awarded the FTCA case.

Somehow I maintained my college A GPA( I was Phi Delta Kappa from my past college) and yet the time I had to spend on gathering my evidence was arduous,but I knew before I paid for IMos that I would succeed,...my point here is that we get many vets who have not done enough leg work to succeed, YOU know all about that! You left no stone unturned!!!!!!

As a widow ,and home owner, I have all of the responsibilities I used to share with my husband, and they all take time, not to mention I have always been an active church member, and tried to be here as much as possible since joining the site decades ago. I know many here are severely disabled but still the internet itself is often the best weapon we have, to collect enough evidence to succeed, so if a severely disabled vet can get here they can also try to find a buddy if a buddy statement is needed, they can figure out if their retro or even their decision is wrong legally, and  they will find as you did, how dangerous many of these meds are, often contraindicated b other meds the VA has prescribed.

It sounds to me that you have a basis for FTCA and/or 1151. Everything I know on that is in those forums.

BTW all- as I have mentioned before---the VA "Providers" are not always VA employees, they are Federal contractors and if they mess you up, they cannot be sued under FTCA.

The only recourse you have is a Section 1151 claim.

My VA Accountability Office complaint went to the Senate and produced S 221-I had to re write it for them but got no input from the sponsors-it is an attempt to rectify the fact that these "providers" ( easily accessed here under a search feature, should be, as real VA employees are, subject to FTCA if their medical care harms, or kills a veteran, and subject to a mandated reporting requirement to NPDB- something the VA forgot t do in my husband's case, 26years go, and I still dont forget it because that reporting requirement has been avoided for years by VA, and those doctors named in FTCA cases ,go on to continue their negligence. The GAO even has reported this fact to the VA, yet they still overlook their NPDB mandate and that means VA can alter their actual malpractice payments amounts.

PS BVA 1151 awards are added to the general Compensation amounts,in the annual BVA report.

No one, not congress, nor the public (and taxpayers) ever finds out just how much they are paying out under 1151 for negligence and malpractice.

BTW the BVA remanded for a cardio opinion, but I got an opinion from a PA...Nothing wrong with PAs but I knew more cardiology then he did. I immediately rebutted the opinion and sent my rebuttal to the BVA. They gave it no weight at all.

I got the award so fast I thought it was another persons BVA case, as I had received two vets opinions from BVA by accident- and contacted their reps.

It sat here for about 4 days before I even opened it.

I called the forensic IMO company and they refunded about half of my IMO fee there, because they had not prepared their IMO yet.

Your whole VA experience is a template for what we all need to do-

to bolster our claims with plenty of  probative evidence, and to check whatever the VA prescribes us to take.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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just wondering how many vets here have been taking this medication. also, James, more importantly, how are you doing?!?!?!?!?! any update? i know you said you would give update in December but would love to hear from you before then. I wish you well brother and if there is anything i can do for you please reach out to me! even if its just to chat mate!

 

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Incredibly, there "may" be a silver lining to this tragedy.  Getting "even" with VA may just motivate you to beat your survival odds.  Now, I know "nothing" about Jardiance, side effects, diabetes, heart disease or any other medical conditions.  But, you have some great helpers here, who are on your side.  

Unfortunately, mostly my hearing is not good enough to hear most podcasts without close captioning, but I wish you the best.

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