FDA officials announced a nationwide recall of the heart drug Digitek (digoxin), last week. Nashville patients with heart problems were made safer by the recall of these generic heart drug tablets used to treat abnormal heart rhythms and heart failure.
Digitek is distributed by Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. under the Bertek label.
On April 28, 2008, the corporation responsible for this dangerous heart drug, Actavis Totowa, LLC, announced along with FDA officials this nationwide Type I Drug Recall after tablets were found to have double the thickness in size. This increased heart pill size poses a significant health risk of poisoning the heart patient from Digitalis toxicity.
Poisoning by this recalled heart medicine causes various unpleasant reactions. Digitalis toxicity causes in heart patients taking the dangerous medicine:
- low blood pressure
- cardiac instability
other dangerous and potentially fatal reactions.
The heart medication dangers were caused by irregular manufacturing practices (much like the imported and dangerous heparin drugs reported in this earlier Dangerous Drug Tennessee Law Blog). Digitek’s dangerous side effects pose the highest health dangers to heart patients with renal failure and low blood pressure.
Digitek is widely distributed through mail-order medication business and large retail pharmacies like those at Nashville-area Wal-Mart and Target. The Class I Drug Recall requires Digitek not be sold and requires heart drug patients return their remaining supplies of the dangerous drug tablet.
While only 11 persons have been reported as sick, many of the symptoms may have been hidden by doctors who attributed injuries to old age instead of the dangerous heart medication.
If you believe you or a loved one has suffered injury from this dangerous, recalled heart drug and believe you would like to pursue legal action against those responsible for this Digitek injury or death, call HHP at (615) 353-0930 or fill out our drug injury initial response form for a free consultation with myself or one of our other qualified, Nashville drug injury lawyers.