Sanofi lawsuits may shortly be underway since two of its drugs have been linked to seizures and liver damage, resulting in serious personal injury. In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration approved Multaq to treat atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation, also known as, irregular heart rhythms that can result in reduced blood flow throughout the body and consequential strokes. There have been over half million prescriptions dispensed since the drug was approved in 2009. There have also been numerous reports of liver damage and two of these cases involved the removal of the liver for these patients.
Multaq already has a black box warning stating the drug can cause life threatening consequences and death, in people with recent severe heart failure and should not be used in those patients. The common side effects of the drug include: fatigue, loss of strength, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Signs of liver toxicity include: nausea, vomiting and fever in which case patients must have their liver enzymes tested and tests may be required to be repeated on a regular basis to ensure that liver toxicity or other harmful consequences do not occur.
The Sanofi-Aventis SA flu vaccine is also being investigated by health officials due to its link to fever related seizures in children less than two years of age.
These examples provide another reason to examine the labels of medications and read package inserts before taking any medications. A denotation of a black box warning signifies the most serious type of warning for life threatening risks or serious personal injury. It’s also wise to look for specific information about elevated risks for people with select medical conditions.
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