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Should I contact an Illinois class action attorney if I’ve been hurt by an antibiotic that was approved by the FDA and taken by many people? Can I sue?

Yes, you may be able to sue if you have been hurt by an FDA-approved antibiotic drug that was safely taken by many other people. Some families know firsthand about the significant complications from at least one common antibiotic. Last year a study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine that surprised many people. The study found that a five-day course of azithromycin (also known as Zithromax or Z-Pak) resulted in a higher risk of fatal cardiac complications than other types of antibiotics (such as amoxicillin) that could be used to treat the same bacterial infections.

Now, the FDA has issued a warning letter to doctors and the public and approved a change to Z-Pak labels that explain the risk of cardiac problems. While the information is important, it was not always available. The risks were not well known prior to May 2012, and in 2011 alone more than 55 million prescriptions were written for the drug in the United States. It has been reported that some people died from heart complications caused by the Z-Pak medication.

If you have been hurt—or if you have lost a loved one—because of the side effects of an FDA-approved antibiotic or other medication, then you may be able to sue for damages even if that drug was taken safely by millions of other people.

For more information about your individual rights and to speak with an experienced Illinois class action lawyer about your possible recovery, please call us today at 1-800-800-5678 for a free consultation.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham