Recently, the pharmaceutical drug Digitek was recalled because Actavis Group, the manufacturer of Digitek, produced the drug with twice the intended dose of the active ingredient. In other words, a defect in the manufacturing process led to a doubling of the active ingredient contained in each tablet. Therefore, patients prescribed Digitek were receiving twice the intended dosage of the drug, and as expected, suffered severe adverse reactions effects to this unintended overdose – especially if they were previously suffering from renal failure.
Digitek or its generic name, digoxin, is a drug that is used in the treatment of patients with heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and abnormal heart rhythms. Essentially, the drug is used to slow down a person’s rapid heart rate. As a result of the increased dose of this drug, patients suffered from digitalis toxicity, leading to nausea, vomiting, dizziness, irregular vision like seeing “halos” around objects, low blood pressure, cardiac instability and bradycardia (resting heart rate under 60 beats per minute). Taking Digitek with this defect is extremely dangerous and can result in a life threatening lowering of your heart rate. There have been reports of even long-term adverse reactions to this overdose to include continued irregular heart rhythms, including tachycardia (heart rate of over 100 beats per minute).
How does a drug company like Actavis possibly allow such a mistake to occur? Once again, like the contaminated heparin, drug companies are not properly monitoring the manufacturing of their drugs. And, there is no governmental authority requiring these companies to properly monitor their drugs. Sometimes, the threat of liability is the only fear a drug company has in producing their drugs. That is why, if you have been injured by a drug like Digitek, you need to immediately contact an attorney experienced in drug litigation. You should seek counsel, not only to obtain a financial recovery for the injuries you suffered, but you should seek counsel to help prevent these and similar injuries from happening to others. Sometimes, a lawsuit is the only language that these drug companies understand. Please contact us at www.pbmattorneys.com to learn more.