Multaq (Dronedaraone)


Multaq is a medication used to treat atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter in adults. Also known as dronedarone, this drug helps control irregular heart rhythms. Some doctors prescribe it to treat arrhythmias. It has also been associated with serious liver problems, serious cardiac issues, birth defects, blood clots and strokes. Many of the serious Multaq side effects are heightened when the medication is taken together with certain other medications. Doctors prescribing Multaq need to be aware of the other medications their patients are taking.

In early press releases dated in 2008 and 2009, the manufacturer, Sanofi-Aventis, warned of potential side effects including diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and asthenia (weakness). The manufacturer also cautioned against administering this drug to pregnant women or women who might become pregnant. These press releases did not warn of the possibility of severe liver damage that could result from use of the drug.

A year later, the manufacturer released the information that the medication was not recommended for patients with serious liver problems. On July 14, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Multaq had been linked to acute liver failure and other liver problems in some cases.

Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard, P.C., zealously represents people who have been injured due to negligence. We handle product liability and medical malpractice lawsuits on behalf of patients who have been injured due to use of dangerous and defective drugs. We are interested in evaluating your case with no further obligation if:

  • A child born after a mother took Multaq had heart defects or other types of birth defects
  • A patient who took Multaq suffered severe liver damage

Liable parties may include prescribing physicians, the manufacturer of the medication, and even the Food and Drug Administration itself. Did a doctor fail to screen for risk factors or notify the patient of hazards? Was the public given fair notice of this risk as soon as the manufacturer (and the FDA) became aware of it? Or did the manufacturer or the FDA delay notification beyond when they knew of the danger of severe liver damage? Contact one of our St. Louis attorneys litigating Multaq side effects. Lawsuits have enabled some people who suffered harm to recover financial resources needed to cope with expenses and losses.

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