The drug Zithromax, also known as azithromycin or as a Z-Pak, is a defective drug. Administered as an antibiotic, Zithromax can lead to liver failure as it is processed and eliminated from the body through the liver. And now comes knowledge via a Food and Drug Administration safety alert that Zithromax brings a risk of sudden cardiovascular death, or fatal heart failure.
This appears to be a problem particularly for persons who have diabetes, heart problems or a history of heart attack or other cardiac risks. The risk may be significantly higher for older persons than for young persons, who are far less likely to have heart ailments.
The FDA has alerted healthcare professionals of a study published in the May 17, 2012 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine showing an increase in cardiovascular deaths, and deaths from any cause, among those prescribed with a five-day course of Zithromax (active ingredient azithromycin). This increase was in comparison with those who’d received no drug or were treated instead with ciprofloxacin or amoxicillin.
The FDA is now reviewing the study’s results regarding the potential risk of the drug in terms of the heart’s electrical cycle or, QT interval. (A prolonged QT interval can lead to sudden death.) It’s believed that azithromycin and Zithromax could cause fatal abnormal heart rhythms.
The FDA also reports it is updating risk information on the labeling for drugs which are macrolide antibacterial drugs, or antibiotics. Such drugs include azithromycin, found in Zithromax.
As the FDA itself says: “Healthcare professionals should be aware of the potential for QT interval prolongation and heart arrhythmias when prescribing or administering macrolides.” Those drugs include Zithromax.
The FDA also asks anyone suffering “adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products” to notify the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. This can be done by calling 1-800-332-1088.
The manufacturer of Zithromax is Pfizer Inc. of New York City. Pfizer is a drug corporation with an extensive history of defective drugs and lawsuits. Among them are the drug Zoloft, an SSRI antidepressant which, if taken by a pregnant woman, can cause severe birth defect injuries to her child.
Azithromycin — which is found in Zithromax — is used an an antibacterial drug or antibiotic drug to treat sore throats, ear aches, pneumonia, bronchitis and other bacterial infections.
Zithromax has proven popular in the form of a convenient five-day treatment dosage known as a Z-Pak. That’s half the treatment duration required by many antibiotics, which accounts for the convenience and popularity.
Z-Pak tablets are available in doses of 500 mg and 250 mg. There are six 250 mg tablets per Z-Pak. A common dosage is to take two tablets on the first day and one tablet on the ensuing four days, for a total of six tablets in five days.
How popular is the Z-Pak sold by Pfizer? Reportedly, the global sales for azithromycin last year were $1.8 billion, and more than 55 million prescriptions were written in the United States for sales of over $464 million.
For years it’s also been known that Zithromax cold cause liver damage or liver failure. Yet to date there has been no Zithromax recall, though a Zithromax recall could eventually come. Certainly if Zithromax lawsuit actions prevail against Pfizer — either for liver failure or for heart failure — there is more motivation to issue a Zithromax recall, thus sparing possible future victims of the defective drug.
If someone in your family has suffered liver failure or heart failure after using the antibiotic Zithromax, alert a knowledgeable defective drug lawyer with our law firm regarding a potential Zithromax lawsuit.
You may be legally entitled to claim substantial financial compensation for your Zithromax heart injury or Zithromax liver failure, including payments for your medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering associated with defective drug Zithromax.
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