What is Biaxin?
Clarithromycin, the active ingredient in Biaxin, is a macrolide antibiotic medication that fights bacteria in the human body. The drug is prescribed to treat bacterial infections of the skin and respiratory system, and may also be used together with other medicines to treat stomach ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori. Biaxin is manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and was first approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in December 1995.
Studies Link Biaxin to Increased Risk for Heart Attack / Death
A study published in 2005, the CLARICOR Trial: Effect of Clarithromycin on Mortality and Morbidity in Patients With Ischemic Heart Disease, found an increased risk of heart attack and stroke in patients who were prescribed Biaxin for as little as 2 weeks. Other studies have found similar increases in death and/or serious heart-related problems with Biaxin, suggesting the drug’s link to these complications is a legitimate one. However, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has been unable to come up with a valid explanation for why Biaxin is causing death and heart problems more often than a placebo.
Biaxin Side Effects
Serious side effects of Biaxin may include:
- Severe heart damage
- Heart attack
- Sudden death
Can I File A Class Action Lawsuit?
Our lawyers have decided against the filing of a Biaxin class action lawsuit, and are instead only filing individual claims on behalf of people alleging serious injuries from the medication. We decided on this course of action because in this type of litigation, class actions often result in lower payouts and higher attorney fees. It is our goal to maximize compensation for our clients, and we feel that individual complaints are the best way to accomplish this.
Heart Attack Symptoms
- Chest discomfort
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body
- Shortness of breath
- Breaking out in a cold sweat