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According to the New England Journal of Medicine, Pfizer’s popular antibiotic called Zithromax, also known as Z-Pak or generic azithormycin, has been linked to an increase in abnormal heart rhythms and incidents of heart-related death.
Zithromax was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1991. Commonly used for treating tonsillitis, respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, and other bacterial infections, Zithromax has been prescribed to hundreds of thousands of people. It also generated an estimated $450 million for Pfizer in 2011.
The potentially deadly side-effects of this medication was reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration in 2011, as well as other drugs like it called macrolides. Compared to other antibiotics, macrolides have been known to cause problems with heart rhythms in the past, including prolongation of QT interval. This can then lead to a fatal condition called torsades de pointes in which the heart’s electrical axis can rotate by 180 degrees.
Latest Zithromax Study
This latest study, published by the New England Journal of Medicine, found that 2.5 times as many patients were dying from heart problems in the first five days of treatment compared to other antibiotics. The study shows that there are 47 deaths per million people when taking Zithromax over amoxicillin. This number seems small, but when patients who are already at risk of heart problems take the drug, the death rate jumps to 245 per million.
The FDA says that individuals who are taking Zithromax or azithormycin should continue to take their medication until they speak to their doctor. However, if you are taking this potentially deadly drug, it is important that you contact your doctor immediately.
How Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter can Help
If you believe your heart problems have been caused by taking Zithromax, you should speak to your doctor, and then contact an experienced Daytona medical malpractice lawyer. The attorneys of Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter will examine your claim, speak to health professionals, look into your medical records, and help you determine if you have a case. Medical malpractice cases can be difficult to litigate, which is why you need experienced and aggressive attorneys on your side as you go through this difficult period. We focus on the legal side while you focus on healing.
If you or a family member has become ill, or you have lost a loved one, due to the defective drug Zithromax, please contact Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter to speak with an experienced Daytona medical malpractice attorneys today. We serve the Orlando, Florida area, as well as the entire state of Florida.