In January 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a public health advisory on the widely prescribed antibiotic Ketek. According to the advisory, the agency had received several reports of liver failure and death associated with the use of the drug. An FDA memo released several months later in May confirmed a total of 23 cases of Ketek-related liver injury, 12 cases of liver failure, 44 instances of less severe liver injury, and four deaths. Agency officials subsequently concluded that there is a clear link between the drug and the risk of liver injury and failure.
If you or a loved one has suffered liver damage or other severe Ketek side effect, you should understand that you have legal rights and options. Please contact us today for a FREE consultation with an experienced attorney who can answer your questions and ensure your rights are protected.
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Ketek Side Effects
Since its approval in 2004, Ketek has been prescribed to more than 3 million Americans for the treatment of various respiratory infections. Unfortunately, the drug carries significant risks and has been linked to numerous side effects, including:
- Irregular heart beat
- Low blood pressure
- Loss of consciousness
- Liver damage and/or failure
Patients who experience serious Ketek side effects are urged to contact a physician immediately and to notify the FDA.
Ketek and the Law
The FDA rejected Ketek for approval twice for insufficient warning labels before it finally approved the drug in 2004. In May 2006, the FDA recommended that the drug’s maker, Sanofi-Aventis, add a heightened warning to the label to alert doctors and patients to the significant risks. By this time, however, millions of Americans had already taken Ketek.
Individuals who have suffered serious injury as a result of taking Ketek may be entitled to recover damages including medical bills, lost income or earning ability, pain and suffering, and more. If you have taken Ketek and consequently suffered liver failure or other adverse effect, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your losses and suffering through a Ketek lawsuit.
Please contact us today for a FREE consultation with a skilled personal injury lawyer who can evaluate your case, explain your options, and help you determine the best course of action so you can get the justice you deserve.