Zithromax® (Azithromycin) Antibiotic May Raise Risk of Sudden Cardiovascular Death
On May 17, 2012,The U.S. Food and Drug Aministration (FDA) issued a drug safety alert for the antibiotic Zithromax® (Azithromycin) after new medical research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, linked the drug to an increase in sudden death in adults, and especially among individuals with a history of heart disease or at risk from heart disease.
Azithromycin is widely used to treat a range of bacterial infections—including bronchitis, pneumonia, sore throats and earaches. Azithromycin, commonly know as “Z-Pak,” is taken for 5 days whearas most other antibiotics are taken for 10 days or longer. This perceived convience has resulted in Zithromax® being one of the most popular antibiotics in America. According to reports, more than 55 million prescriptions were written for Azithromycin in the United States during 2011. Global sales of the drug are estimated to $1.8 Billion.
The study conducted by a team led by Wayne A. Ray, a professor of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University, concluded that while the overall odds of death were small, the increased risk is significant when compared to the use of other antibiotics such as amoxicillin or ciprofloxacin.
People Potentially at a Higher Risk of Sudden Death Include:
- People with heart failure
- People who have previously had a heart attack
- People who have diabetes
- People who have undergone heart surgery
- People with abnormal heart rhythms
If you or someone you know has been harmed by a prescription drug, Burg Simpson can help. Contact us for a free consultation today.
Zithromax® is a registered trademark of Pfizer Inc.
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