FDA warns Z-pack antibiotic could lead to deadly irregular heart rhythms

The FDA stated that the parties at higher risk for the deadly heart condition include the elderly, those with irregular heart rates or arrhythmias, and those with low blood levels of potassium or magnesium.

The FDA updated warnings on the popular antibiotic azithromycin, commonly referred to as Z-Pak, on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, to reflect an increased risk of fatal irregular heartbeats in patients. Published research suggests that antibiotic may cause a small increase in heart related deaths, especially among those already with a higher risk of heart problems.  The FDA stated that the parties at higher risk for the deadly heart condition include the elderly, those with irregular heart rates or arrhythmias, and those with low blood levels of potassium or magnesium.

“Health-care professionals should consider the risk of fatal heart rhythms with azithromycin when considering treatment options for patients who are already at risk,” the FDA said in a statement today on the label change. The agency said azithromycin isn’t alone in carrying heart risks.

Azithromycin is sold under the brand name Zithromax (manufactured by Pfizer) as well as multiple other names marketed by generic manufacturers.  These names include Zmax or Z-Pak.  Z-Pak is often prescribed as a treatment for urininary tract infections (UTIs) as well as bacterial infections of the respiratory system.

The FDA stated that the parties at higher risk for the deadly heart condition include the elderly, those with irregular heart rates or arrhythmias, and those with low blood levels of potassium or magnesium.  

The FDA warning comes after a study released last May by the New England Journal of Medicine which found azithromycin had a higher rate of heart related deaths compared to other antibiotics.

If you or someone you know have had an adverse effect after being prescribed Z-Pak, you should speak to a Z-Pak attorney.  The product liability lawyers at Slater Slater Schulman LLP are available to discuss your potential legal rights.  Contact Slater Slater Schulman LLP today for a free consultation by filling out the form on this page or by calling us at (800) 251-6990.

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