Tygacil side effects allegedly include liver problems, Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), and wrongful death. We are working with Tygacil attorneys and there is no legal fee until you obtain a settlement or award. Feel free to call us toll-free or submit a contact form in order to receive a free (no obligation) case evaluation.
Tygacil (tigecycline) was approved by the FDA in June 2005. This antibacterial drug went through the FDA’s fast-track approval process in response to a growing concern about antibiotic resistant bacteria. It is an intravenous drug, meaning it is administered directly into the bloodstream through an IV, used to treat complicated skin infections that are usually caused by Staphylococcus aureus. This drug has not been approved to treat hospital-acquired pneumonia or foot infections related to diabetes.
FDA Warnings and Medical Study
On September 23, 2013, the FDA announced that a “Black Box” warning would be added to the label of Tygacil. A “Black Box” warning is that strongest warning the FDA can give. The new warning states that the drug may increase the “risk of death.” The FDA told health care professionals that they should only use this antibacterial “in situations when alternative treatments are not suitable.” The change was based on a 10 clinical trials of the drug which revealed Tygacil patients “showed a higher risk of death… from worsening infections, complications of infection, or other underlying medical conditions” (i). The most recent announcement follows a 2010 Drug Safety Communication where the FDA warned about the “increased mortality risk associated with the use of the intravenous antibacterial Tygacil (tigecycline) compared to that of other drugs” (ii).
Alleged Tygacil Side effects
Early signs of an adverse reaction to this drug may include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It has been alleged that off-label use of this drug increases mortality in patients being treated for hospital-acquired pneumonia, especially ventilator-related pneumonia. Increased mortality may also be present in patients being treated for diabetes-related foot infections. Patients have alleged that the following serious Tygacil side effects may occur:
- Anaphylaxis, Rapid Swelling of the Face and Throat
- Acute Pancreatitis
- Liver Problems, Jaundice and Cholestasis
- Severe Skin Reations, Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS)
- Wrongful Death
If you or a loved one has suffered these complications or any other adverse events, then you should talk to a Tygacil lawyer about your legal options.
Patients who have suffered serious complications after being treated with this drug may have a valid Tygacil lawsuit. Our law firm is looking into the safety drugs like Tygacil, which have been fast-tracked for approval. We work with experienced attorneys on these cases and we can help you take the next step towards recovering your losses. It is important to act quickly so that you are not barred from recovery by the statute of limitations. Additionally, inclusion in a future class action lawsuit or multidistrict litigation legal action may be in your best interest.
Talk to a Tygacil Lawyer about Your Injuries
If you or a loved one were injured by Tygacil (tigecycline), then you may be able entitled to compensation for you medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, or other losses. Our law firm works with Tygacil attorneys and there are no legal fees unless you receive a settlement or award. Call us today at 1-800-992-6878 to learn more about your legal rights or submit an online contact form for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.
- (i) FDA Drug Safety Communication, September 27, 2013.
- (ii) FDA Drug Safety Communication, September 1, 2010.