Generically known as azithromycin, Zithromax, also known as Z-Pak or Zmax is facing a rising number of lawsuits associated with increased risk of cardiovascular death. First introduced by Pfizer in 1991, Zithromax belong to a group of drugs known as macrolides which works by slowing down bacterial growth as it prevents the bacteria’s protein production. By suppressing the growth of bacteria, this drug allows antibodies to have an advantage when fighting off a certain infection. In the mid 90s, Zithromax was approved by the FDA for the treatment of bacterial infections such as genital ulcer disease, acute bacterial sinusitis, community-acquired pneumonia, skin infections, tonsillitis, urethritis and cervicitis. A rising number of claims on behalf of patients who took the drug allege that the medication caused their death after suffering serious heart complications.
Heart problems associated with Zithromax include:
- Cardiovascular Death
- Heart Attack
- Heart Arrythmia
- Torsades De Pointes
Affected individuals are alleging the drug manufacturer failed to provide complete warnings as well as inadequate research regarding the possible risk of heart injuries and any other side effects. In 2013, the FDA ordered the manufacturer to include new information in the “warnings and precautions” section of its product about the possible risk of heart death due to Zithromax side effects. Studies show that Zithromax heart issues are connected to changes in heart rhythms. Zithromax may be responsible for the changes in the electrical activity of the heart, resulting to a possible fatal heart rhythm. Individuals taking Zithromax with present QT interval prolongation, slow heart rate, arrhythmias, and those with an abnormal heart rate are mostly at risk for sudden cardiac death. In 2013, the FDA stated that doctors should look into the risk of fatal heart rhythms associated with Zithromax when considering treatment options for patients with existing risk factors.
Recent studies reveal that patients taking Zithromax have an increased risk of cardiovascular death compared to those taking other antibiotics. The Pfizer medication Zithromax generated more than $450 million sales in 2011, regardless of the fatal side effects this product, it is alleged that Pfizer failed to warn the public about the risk of heart complications or death. Pfizer may have placed its interest in profits first rather than the safety of the general public, especially their consumers and the medical community. If you or anyone you know has experienced serious, irreversible side effects after taking Zithromax please Please Contact Us and provide any details along with contact information. If you prefer to leave a voicemail you can call 1.858.236.9020. GetClassActionMoney.com can then forward these requests to our network of attorneys that may contact you if a Class Action Lawsuit is to be pursued.
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