A class action lawsuit has been filed against Wyeth and several other makers of the heart drug amiodarone on behalf of patients and their families. The suit alleges that there has been a scheme by drug makers for the past 20 years to pressure physicians to prescribe the drug for unapproved uses while concealing and downplaying its risks. The suit further claims that the highly toxic drug continues to be prescribed to millions of patients nationwide without the detailed consumer warnings promised by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration more than a year ago.
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Last updated November 2 2009
Posted by Oklahoma
On Amiodarone from a year and half. My health went steadily down hill until I was hospitalized. The cardiologist NEVER took an x-ray after the initial one or it would have shown the interstial tissue growth. I have been a whole year trying to regain my health. My Pulmonologist states I probably will never have all my lung capacity back. I am trying to wean myself from using oxygen.
Posted by Alabama
My father started taking Amiodarone in 2009 for Atrial Fibrillation. He was in the hospital 4 times since January 2012 with what was originally diagnosed a pneumonia. In June while in ICU at Trinity Medical Center in Bham, his doctors determined that this was not pneumonia but the side affects of Amiodarone. He recovered briefly but returned to the hospital in late June and passed away on July 5th, 2012.
Posted by Wisconsin
I have lost approx 50% of my lung capacity and had to retire early from my job because I was too weak. I was making over 100K per year as a salesman.
Posted by Wisconsin
My father was given Amiodarone for a minor heart condition that was not life threatening. He was shortly thereafter diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and has since passed away. He has no genetic markers and no adverse environmental factors that would attribute to the fibrosis. He (before he died) and I strongly believe it was the Amiodarone.
Posted by Tennessee
We suffered the loss of our father! He was a great man and father and was married to my mother for 48 years. He was health conscious, had many more years to live and didn't need to die this way.
Posted by North Carolina
The loss of my husband. Is that not loss enough? I have detailed records of all his treatment/doc apts/meds/hospitilizations/drugs/xrays. He died a horrible death - suffocating! I must be part of this class action suit!
Posted by Georgia
My mom was admitted to the hospital on 1/16/09. On 1/19/09, I was informed that she had cirrhosis of the liver due to the drug Amiodarone. My mom passed away on 2/20/09. My mom had so many side effects from Amiodarone. Some of the side effects she had such as: short memory lost, loss of appetite,weight loss,coldness,cough,loss of coordination and many others. I feel if my mom had not been given Amiodarone she would still be with us today.
Posted by Ohio
My mother lost her husband of 49 years and my brother and I lost our father. He was 69 years old. We believe with every inch of our being (as our dad did up to the day before he died) that it was a result of taking this drug.
Posted by Massachusetts
My Mother was placed on Amiodorone and has sustained fibrosis of her lungs which has severely limited her ability to live. She has been on Oxygen therapy and in just a few months, her lung capacity is one third of its volume. She has been hospitalized several times because of this. It has been documented in her hospital records that her condition is a result of the amiodorone.
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