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Zithromax, also known as Z-Pak or Z-max, is an antibiotic sold by Pfizer.  The drug was introduced in 1991 and has become one of the best-selling antibiotics in the U.S.  Zithromax is frequently prescribed because it can be used for short periods (1, 3, or 5 days).  It is also a popular antibiotic that can be used by patients who are allergic to penicillin.  It can be used for most infections.

Despite its benefits, Zithromax can have serious, and even fatal, side effects.  These side effects include: kidney damage; liver damage; Stevens Johnson Syndrome; abnormal electrical activity in the heart; and sudden cardiac death.

There is evidence that Pfizer was aware of the liver damage from Zithromax as early as 1998, yet still elected to sell and market the drug.  In 2009, Pfizer agreed to pay a $2.3 billion settlement.  The claims against Pfizer included off-label marketing of Zithromax, and 12 other drugs, and paying kickbacks to doctors for pushing their drugs, including Zithromax.  It was the largest ever criminal fine in the U.S.

If you or a loved one have suffered one of the above injuries while taking Zithromax, you can call Mike at 913-789-7477 to request a free consultation.