Potential Lawsuits On Behalf Of Victims Of Zithromax Side Effects
Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a New York law firm nationally recognized for its consumer protection and mass tort practices, is currently evaluating lawsuits on behalf of individuals who may have suffered from Zithromax side effects, such as arrhythmia or sudden death. Zithromax, also known as azithromycin and commonly called the Z-Pak, is a widely used antibiotic manufactured by Pfizer Inc. A May 17, 2012 study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that patients on azithromycin had one and a half times the odds of sudden death from cardiovascular causes than those on a similar antibiotic.* The odds were even higher in patients with high risk cardiovascular conditions. The study analyzed data from 350,000 Medicaid patients who took azithromycin from 1992 to 2006. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a statement on the same day, announcing that it is reviewing the results of the study.
Zithromax is prescribed to treat bacterial infections, including bronchitis, pneumonia, sore throats and earaches. According to the New York Times, doctors wrote 55.3 million prescriptions for azithromycin in the United States last year.*** It was often prescribed over amoxicillin, another common antibiotic because of its easier regiment. Patients take fewer pills over fewer days, making it easier for patients to finish a course of treatment. However, according to Wayne Ray, professor of preventative medicine at Vanderbilt University and lead author of the study, "the risk of death may outweigh convenience and compliance, at least for high-risk patients."**** According to the study, there are 47 more deaths for every million people who took Zithromax instead of amoxicillin, which jumps to more than 245 deaths for those at high risks for heart problems. Individuals at high risk include those with heart failure, diabetes, previous heart attacks, prior bypass surgery or with stents implanted. In these individuals, the drug may cause potentially fatal abnormal heartbeats called arrhythmia.