Cordarone, a widely-prescribed medication designed to treat heart irregularities, has recently been linked to a number of serious side effects including myopathy, lung and liver, respiratory failure and death.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by Cordarone side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem with Cordarone?
First approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in December 1995, Cordarone (generic: amiodarone) is a popular heart medication that is prescribed to millions of patients around the country who suffer from ventricular arrhythmias. Each bottle of Cordarone is supposed to contain an updated warning label which explains its many risks and how to properly take the drug. However, despite being planned in October 2003, the updated warning remains in draft form, bouncing back and forth between the FDA and the manufacturer of the drug.
Around the country, a growing number of patients taking Cordarone have died from lung and liver damage, gone blind, and suffered other serious health complications. Despite an abnormally high number of reports of these types of side effects, Cordarone is still routinely prescribed for common heart rhythm problems, despite the availability of safer alternatives. The FDA has only approved Cordarone for the treatment of ventricular arrhythmias, and cautioned that the drug should only be used when all other options have been exhausted.
Cordarone Side Effects
Over the past several years, Cordarone has been increasingly linked to the following serious side effects:
- Lung diseases
- Interstitial lung disease
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Pulmonary toxicity
- Liver damage
- Thyroid damage
- Allergic reactions
- Nervous system complications
- Toxic Epidermal Necrosis (TEN)
- Vision loss
- Respiratory failure
- Kidney failure
- Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
- Heart arrhythmias
- Sinus arrest
- Ventricular tachycardia
- Cardiogenic shock
- Torsades de pointes
- Bone marrow depression
Between November 1997 and October 2002, the FDA received nearly 4,000 adverse event reports (including 452 deaths) associated with amiodarone. Most of the reports involved injuries severe enough to require emergency hospitalization. According to the FDA, less than 10% of drug complications are officially reported to the administration, which means that upwards of 4,500 patients may have died as a result of taking amiodarone in that five year period alone.
If you or someone you love suffered one of the injuries listed above after taking Cordarone, you should contact the Cordarone Lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP, right away. State-imposed statutes of limitations restrict the amount of time you have to file a Cordarone Lawsuit. Your legal rights may be in jeopardy if you delay. If we determine that you have grounds to file a Cordarone Lawsuit, compensation may be available to you for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Do I Have a Cordarone 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 Cordarone lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Cordarone injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by Cordarone, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.