Zithromax Antibiotic (Z-Pack) Lawyers
Zithromax, commonly referred to as the “Z-Pack,” is a widely used antibiotic marketed by Pfizer. Often used to treat bacterial infections such as bronchitis, pneumonia, strep throat and earaches, Zithromax is popular due to its convenience, as patients take fewer pills over a shorter length of time than they would with other antibiotics. Zithromax has been on the market for the past two decades and has been taken by millions of Americans.
While it is an effective antibiotic, Zithromax has been linked to a slightly increased risk of arrhythmia and sudden death. According to a 2012 study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, patients who took Zithromax had a one and half times increased risk of sudden death from cardiac-related problems than patients who either took similar antibiotics such as amoxicillin or did not take any antibiotics. Patients with high risk cardiovascular conditions such as prior bypass surgery, diabetes, previous heart attacks or stents, had even higher odds of developing potentially fatal arrhythmia. Although the overall risk of death is reportedly low, experts have suggested that doctors consider other options for people who have heart problems.
The FDA is currently evaluating the results of the study and has encouraged people not to stop taking Zithromax until they consult with a doctor. Pfizer also stated that it would thoroughly review the study.
In addition to arrhythmias and sudden heart-related deaths reported in The New England Journal of Medicine, Zithromax has also been linked to abnormal liver function, jaundice, necrosis, and liver failure which can also result in death. The risk of liver-related problems was added to the warnings section of the drug’s label in 2000.
Our attorneys are currently investigating sudden, heart-related deaths occurring during or shortly after Zithromax (Z-Pack) use. If you know a family member or loved one who suddenly passed away while taking Zithromax, please contact our attorneys for a free and confidential evaluation of your potential case.