Zithromax (azithromycin) is an antibiotic that fights bacteria. It is used to treat many different types of infections caused by bacteria, such as respiratory infections, skin infections, ear infections, and sexually transmitted diseases.
Problems with Zithromax
Zithromax became popular partly because it can be taken in fewer days than other antibiotics. However, people who were prescribed the drug were not properly warned that this relatively fast-acting treatment could carry potentially dangerous risks not found in all antibiotics.
In March 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned the public that Zithromax may cause potentially fatal irregular heart rhythms, especially for people at risk for cardiovascular conditions like arrhythmias.
Although some health experts say the overall risk is low, Pfizer was still expected to manufacture the drug properly, test its safety and warn the public about any risks. There is no acceptable level of preventable injury, particularly deadly injuries like those linked to Zithromax that would excuse Pfizer from this duty to warn.
For this reason, it’s expected that people who have been injured by Zithromax will hold Pfizer legally responsible for manufacturing a defective drug and failing to warn about its risks. People who took Zithromax to treat an infection, but suffered dangerous serious side effects, had a right to know that it could potentially cause them more harm than benefit. Their doctors also should have been informed through more extensive label warnings. With more information, both patients and their doctors would have likely chosen different treatment options. It’s hard to imagine that patients, especially those with existing heart problems, would have thought it reasonable to risk death.