Ketek® Injury Lawyers: Phillips Law Group
At Phillips Law Group, we believe that the pharmaceutical industry has the responsibility to make sure that its products are not dangerous to the people who use them as prescribed. The Ketek injury lawyers at our Arizona offices can provide professional and knowledgeable representation to people experiencing serious side effects linked to this product.
Ketek is an oral antibiotic prescribed for mild or moderate cases of the respiratory infections: acute exacerbation of chronic bronchitis (AECB), acute bacterial sinusitis (ABS), and community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). It comes in tablet form, taken once a day for about five to seven days. Many people have been treated with Ketek; it was developed as part of the effort to overcome the increasing resistance of many bacteria to the existing antibiotics.
Ketek and Liver Damage
Unfortunately, Ketek has been linked to serious liver damage. It is metabolized mainly in the liver. In January 2006 The Annals of Internal Medicine published a report of three cases of life-threatening liver toxicity. One of these patients died; another required a liver transplant.
Ketek was approved by the FDA in 2004 for the treatment of respiratory infections in adults. The FDA has now issued a public health advisory warning telling doctors that Ketek use should be discontinued in patients showing any signs of liver problems, and stating that people who develop any yellowing of their eyes or skin (jaundice) or blurry vision while theyre taking Ketek should see a doctor immediately. The FDA has begun an investigation of the serious potential side effects of Ketek.
A Congressional Request Regarding the Approval of Ketek
U.S. Congressmen Henry Waxman ( Calif.) and Edward Markey ( Mass.) sent a formal letter to the FDA questioning irregularities in the screening and approval process performed by the FDA prior to its approval of Ketek, which is manufactured by the pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Aventis. In the letter, the congressmen note that among other serious matters, one of the investigators in a study of the safety of Keteks safety pleaded guilty to falsifying data.
The issues surrounding Ketek and its association with liver injury are complex. Our Ketek lawyers in the Arizona offices of Phillips Law Group can advise you of your options if youve taken Ketek and subsequently experienced liver problems.