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Tygacil Lawyers of the Ochs Law Firm

On the heels of an important safety update from the Food and Drug Administration, the Ochs Law Firm is investigating cases of wrongful death and injury related to an intravenous antibiotic drug known as Tygacil.  If you have been injured in conjunction with this medication or you lost a loved one because an infection got worse rather than better when Tygacil was administered, you could qualify to file a lawsuit and gain subsequent compensation for your hardship.

A History of Tygacil

Tygacil was released to the market by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in 2005 as a means of treating a variety of infections.  Tygacil and other glycylcycline antibiotics of its ilk are supposed to work by way of prohibiting a given bacteria from synthesizing protein, halting the progress of the bacteria within the human body.  The drug is meant to be administered intravenously, and the FDA has approved it for a number of conditions:

  • Intra-abdominal infections
  • Skin infections
  • Community acquired pneumonia

Unfortunately, administration of Tygacil is also tied to a number of side effects in patients.  Those side effects include such things as:

Inflammation

  • Nausea and subsequent vomiting
  • A jaundiced appearance
  • Urine and stool alterations
  • Anorexia
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Thrombophlebitis

A Risk of Fatality

While the above side effects are certainly nothing to trifle with, the biggest concern shared by safety advocates and those in the healthcare community is the potential for death in a person who receives Tygacil.

Back in September of 2010, the FDA issued a Drug Safety Alert drawing attention to the increased fatality risk associated with the antibiotic.  At that time, the FDA was basing its decision to issue such an alert on an analysis of a series of clinical trials that showed there was a greater mortality risk posed by Tygacil compared to similar medications.  The label was altered to reflect this concern, and medical professionals were asked to consider alternatives to Tygacil when deciding how to treat patients.

Around a year later, the safety advocacy organization known as Public Citizen called upon the FDA to affix a Black Box warning to Tygacil.  At the time, the agency worried that patients were being endangered by insufficient labeling that failed to properly highlight the increased fatality risk.

A New Warning

Over three years since the original FDA communication and nearly two years since Public Citizen filed their petition, the FDA has granted the organization’s wish.  The agency has informed all members of the healthcare community and the public at large of an added Boxed Warning outlining the heightened risk of death associated with Tygacil.

The FDA’s move comes on the heels of an analysis that further illustrated the fatality risk tied to Tygacil, with patients given the drug experiencing a 2.5% fatality risk compared to just 1.8% with other drugs.  The FDA notes that fatalities were typically tied to underlying medical issues or the infection getting worse or causing complications.

The FDA is now asking that healthcare professionals restrict the use of Tygacil to those times where alternatives have been considered but fail to help the situation.

A Free Consultation For Those Who Lost Loved Ones

Given the threat of death, and taking into consideration the fact that this warning has only recently been added to Tygacil despite the drug’s availability since 2005, the Ochs Law Firm is concerned that many out there may have lost loved ones in connection with Tygacil administration.

That’s why the firm is making its unsafe drug lawyers available to all those who believe their loved one’s wrongful death was tied to Tygacil.  Our attorneys think that you could be entitled to compensation, and we want to help you secure that by any legal means necessary.

Call the Ochs Law Firm to find out if you qualify to file a lawsuit on behalf of a deceased loved one.  You deserve fair treatment after the tough situation you’ve been put through, and our attorneys are here to answer questions and help you through the process any way we can.

For a free consultation, contact the defective Tygacil lawyers of Ochs Law today.

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