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01/23/2006 02:45 AM ID: 52407 Permalink   

FDA Investigates Death Linked to Antibiotic


Three cases of severe liver problems and one death have been reported after patients were given a certain antibiotic. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating whether the drug telithromycin (Ketek) is responsible.

A patient at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., died after taking telithromycin. Another had to have a liver transplant, while the third survived a drug-induced case of hepatitis after Ketek was discontinued.

“Because these liver problems are significant and somewhat.... unpredictable, the FDA is evaluating this... medicine in both the U.S. and abroad.... to determine whether additional warning guidance is merited," said FDA spokeswoman Susan Bro.

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  new antibiotic?  
Ketek is not a "new antibiotic"! It's been there for years already!
Sanofi Aventis has stopped producing it in most countries though cuz it was found to be not really worth it
  by: Breathe   01/23/2006 12:50 PM     
  The FDA  
was the one who ok'd the drug to go on the market in the first place. There is too many rx that the FDA approves that get pulled or investigated. Makes me wanna think about more natural remedies.
  by: cherubgirl     01/23/2006 11:19 PM     
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