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In March of 2013, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety communication in which it warned patients and medical professionals of the risk of developing potentially fatal heart problems after using the prescription drug Zithromax. Zithromax, known generically as azithromycin, is also marketed under the names Z-Pak or Z-Max, and is used to treat certain bacterial infections.
According to the FDA, using Zithromax may cause changes to the electrical activity in the heart that can lead to a potentially fatal irregular heart rhythm. The potential for this to occur is higher in people who have certain other risk factors, such as QT interval prolongation, low levels of potassium or magnesium, a slow heart rate, or take certain drugs to treat arrhythmia.
If you or a family member has suffered an adverse cardiovascular event after taking Zithromax, you should consult with a defective drug attorney as soon as possible. Drug manufacturers are required to design, manufacture, and market their products in such a way as to protect the public from injury due to the use of their drugs. Any injury caused by a defective drug may be compensable through a defective drug product liability lawsuit. Because these cases involve highly specialized legal and scientific issues, it is in your best interest to retain the services of a trained defective drug attorney. A defective drug attorney can help you in the following ways:
The types of injuries that can be caused by Zithromax can be catastrophic to an individual and his or her family. As a result, it is important to pursue all possible avenues to protect you legal rights. To contact a defective drug attorney near you, please click here to view our attorney directory.
Generally, the Statute of Limitations requires you to bring your lawsuit against the manufacturer within two years of the incident or discovery. Once you become aware that you have sustained an injury caused by Zithromax, you should contact a Zithromax attorney as soon as possible to avoid forfeiture of your legal rights.