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Ketek Linked to Liver Failures

A 26-year-old man died two weeks after taking Ketek for five days. A 51-year-old woman required a new liver after taking Ketek, and a 46-year-old man developed drug-induced hepatitis after he stopped taking Ketek. Medical professionals are warning patients taking Ketek to talk to their doctor about any side effects and any prior history of liver disease or kidney dysfunction.

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The History of Ketek

Ketek® (Telithromycin) is the first ketolide antibiotic to enter clinical use. It is used to treat mild to moderate respiratory infections.

ketekTelithromycin was approved by the European Commission in July 2001 and gained FDA approval April 1 , 2004.

There was some scandal when a major contributing Physician was sent to prison for submitting false data to the main safety study done to prove the safety of the drug. For some reason the FDA approved Ketek anyway.

The first alarms went up in 2006 when cases of liver damage and failure started turning up in Ketek patients. The FDA removed it's approval for most uses in 2007.

Ketek Warnings

Call your doctor right away if you experience nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes). Other possible side effects of Ketek include severe liver damage and vision changes such as blurred or double vision.

You are warned to contact your doctor if you experience any of the above symptoms after taking Ketek.

Ketek Side Effects

Ketek is in a class of ketolide antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, and acute bacterial sinusitis.

ketek deathKetek (telithromycin) has been linked to liver damage in dozens of cases, some of which resulted in liver failure and death. The manufacturer, Sanofi-Aventis, has stopped a marketing plan for the drug. Health authorities are investigating the use of the antibiotic after numerous cases of liver damage and several deaths.

Known side effects of Ketek include nausea, dizziness, blurred or double vision, drowsiness, jaundice and liver damage. If you develop symptoms yourself, or you have lost a loved one who was taking this drug, you should consider contacting a Ketek lawyer who will review your case at no charge.

Ketek Antibiotic Legal Help

If you or a loved one has suffered severe side effects while taking Ketek, you may qualify for damages or remedies that may be awarded in a possible class action or lawsuit. Please click the link below to submit your complaint to a Ketek lawyer for a free case evaluation.

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KETEK LEGAL ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS

Will Ketek Manufacturer Escape Liability?
Will Ketek Manufacturer Escape Liability?
February 23, 2011
New York, NY A recent decision by the United States District Court in the Eastern District of New York has ruled against class-action status in a lawsuit by plaintiffs against Sanofi-Aventis, the manufacturer of Ketek. The latter is an antibiotic that was brought to market under questionable circumstances and was found to be harmful, with 53 reported cases of liver failure and four deaths by 2007—just three years after the drug was brought to market READ MORE

Judge Denies Sanofi-Aventis' Motion to Dismiss
Judge Denies Sanofi-Aventis' Motion to Dismiss
October 19, 2008
St. Clair, IL In a victory for plaintiffs, a judge in St. Clair County has denied a motion by Sanofi-Aventis to dismiss or transfer 59 claims against the company regarding its antibiotic, Ketek. The judge found that Sanofi-Aventis did not show that St. Clair County was an inadequate forum for the cases and refused to dismiss claims from plaintiffs in other states READ MORE

Ketek and the FDA: Medicinal Terrorism?
Ketek and the FDA: Medicinal Terrorism?
August 25, 2008
Washington, DC There are those who feel that the real threat to the American people isn't terrorism: it's the seemingly endless supply of dangerous prescription drugs that carry approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Ketek is alleged to be one of them, after patients have died or been seriously harmed from the antibiotic READ MORE

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I almost died several times. My liver eventually started working as did my kidneys. I live 4 miles from the hospital and when I became so ill so fast I went to the ER. 72 hours of slow dialysis then hemo dialysis for a month. Atrophy. I had to learn to walk again. My family members had to take off of work to take care of me. It's been two years and I am finally getting back to a state of normal. Sort of. I never have regained full use of my left leg. I was given plasma during the illness. So I have no idea if that will cause problems for me later. I have been weak and have never once felt good since this incident. I believe that my Doctors will all agree that the Ketek caused all of the problems. Permanent liver damage? I don't know. I had a lung condition. And ended up almost dying. My kidneys got better. A biopsy showed that the liver failure/shock caused ATN. As far as damages suffered are concerned...well with triple organ failure there are no numbers that indicate the long term damage for someone in my situtation. I am sick a lot now. I have Dr and Hospital bills coming out of my ears. My family members lost a lot of time from work. My then 71 year old mother cared for me most of the time. And she was still working at the time.

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