The controversial heart drug Aratac has recently been linked to lung and liver damage, nervous system complications, muscle injuries, toxic epidermal necrosis (TEN), and other serious health complications. Although it has been approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), many in the medical community are calling for Aratac to be recalled nationwide due to the medication’s potential for serious side effects. The Aratac Lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP, are currently investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of individuals injured by Aratac side effects.
Free Aratac Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury you feel may have been caused by Aratac, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Aratac and we can help.
Aratac (generic: amiodarone) is an FDA-approved prescription drug designed to treat fast abnormal heart rhythms that have not responded to other methods of treatment. The medication acts as an antiarrhythmic agent that reduces the excitability of the heart muscle cells by making them less likely to respond to abnormal electrical activity, and by reducing the speed that abnormal electrical impulses are conducted through the heart. Heart rhythm disorders that can be treated by Aratac include:
- Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome
- Supraventricular tachycardias
- Nodal tachycardias
- Ventricular tachycardias
- Atrial flutter
- Atrial fibrillation
- Ventricular fibrillation
Which side effects have been linked to Aratac?
Unfortunately, despite the medication’s considerable effectiveness as an antiarrhythmic agent, Aratac has recently been linked to a large number of severe side effects including:
- Liver damage
- Lung diseases
- Interstitial lung disease
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Thyroid damage
- Allergic reactions
- Nervous system complications
- Toxic Epidermal Necrosis (TEN)
- Respiratory failure
- Kidney failure
- Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
- Heart arrhythmias
- Sinus arrest
- Ventricular tachycardia
- Cardiogenic shock
- Torsades de pointes
- Bone marrow depression
Recent studies have indicated that Aratac has the potential to be highly toxic to patients, and can cause a wide range of severe side effects. Some research has found that nearly 20% of patients being treated with the drug have experienced subsequent lung damage, many of whom eventually ended up dying from their condition.
‘Off-Label’ Prescribing of Aratac
In 2004 alone, doctors wrote nearly 2.3 million prescriptions for amiodarone for so-called ‘off-label’ indications, accounting for nearly 82% of the drug’s sales. Off-label prescribing involves a doctor authorizing a drug for use that it was neither tested nor approved by the FDA. While prescribing drugs in an off-label capacity is not illegal, such use has the potential to upset the balance between risk and benefit that is crucial to get a drug approved on the U.S. market.
If you or someone you love suffered one of the injuries listed in this article after taking Aratac, you should contact the law offices of Schmidt & Clark, LLP, right away. You may have an Aratac Lawsuit, and we can help you navigate the complexities of such litigation. Through the filing of an Aratac lawsuit, compensation may be available for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Contact us today to learn more.
Do I Have an Aratac Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Aratac lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Aratac injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Aratac Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury you feel may have been caused by Aratac, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Aratac suit and we can help.