FDA Warns Amiodarone Manufacturer About Misleading Promotions
According to recent studies, as many as 17% of patients who are taking Amiodarone have sustained lung damage and up to 10% of them pass away. Other patients have filed adverse event reports after experiencing eye, liver and thyroid problems. Some of those patients became completely blind after taking the medication.
Many patients have come forward after experiencing serious side effects like liver or heart damage after taking this drug. The impacts of this medication can last for months beyond when a patient stops using the drug, making the chance of injury even more terrifying. Many of the patients who have been injured were not informed about the risks. Arguing that the manufacturer should have made them aware of the serious risks of this medication, some are filing lawsuits in an effort to hold the manufacturer responsible in court. Filing a defective drug lawsuit with the help of an Amiodarone lawyer may be the only way for you to recover the funds you need to get medical help for your injuries. Since your life can be changed in big ways due to the injuries sustained, you need the help of a lawyer who can help you navigate the complicated legal system.
FDA Comments on Amiodarone
The Food and Drug Administration in the United States has only approved Amiodarone as a drug of last resort for patients who have been diagnosed with the life-threatening heart condition known as ventricular tachycardia. When patients are given this medication off label, they may not realize the full risks that they are facing until it is too late. The life-threatening complications associated with taking Amiodarone can compromise your ability to work or enjoy your life as before. This is why many patients are coming forward with lawsuits filed against the manufacturer.
Since 1988, the FDA in the United States has warned two different drug companies to discontinue misleading and false promotions that downplayed the risks of Amiodarone while promoting it as a first line therapy. Letters were sent to Amiodarone manufacturers in 1989, 1992 and 1998. One letter read; "Your friend has an intolerable record of compliance with the law". One recent analysis identified that on an annual basis, doctors write more that 2 million off-label Amiodarone prescriptions, making up 82% of all the prescriptions for the drug.
A recent study from the National Institute for Health identified that those patients taking medications like Amiodarone to control their heart's rhythm experienced more serious hospitalizations and side effects than those who were given safer medications to control the speed of their beating heart. Amiodarone was identified as no more effective after considering all of the extra risks. If you or someone you know has been seriously injured or has passed away as a result of taking Amiodarone, you may be entitled to recover compensation after consulting with an experienced defective drug attorney . Do not hesitate to reach out to a knowledgeable lawyer sooner rather than later. The J. Reyna Law Firm has earned a reputation in Texas and around the country for fighting hard for the rights of injured patients.
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