Effexor Recall Underway Due to Wrong Drug in Bottle

We have already written about the anti-depressant drug Effexor and its dangerous and deadly potential effects on pregnant women and their unborn children.

A further hazard with the drug just surfaced this last week when Effexor’s manufacturer Phizer issued a recall on March 6th. The recall came about because a pharmacist discovered that a bottle of Pfizer’s Effexor XR contained one capsule of Tikosyn® (dofetilide) in addition to the regular Effexor XR capsules. Tikosyn has serious adverse health consequences that could be fatal per the FDA.The most prominent and deadly side effect of Tikosyn is that it starts an abnormal heartbeat that can be fatal. Signs of an abnormal heartbeat include dizziness, fainting and a racing heart rate.

The FDA has issued a news release on the recall.

Effexor already has a long list of potentially deadly health problems associated with its use during pregnancy.

  • Miscarriage
  • Preterm birth
  • Stillbirth
  • Cleft Palate
  • Anencephaly
  • Omphalocele
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Primary pulmonary hypertension of the neonate
  • Transposition of the great arteries and other heart defects
  • Feeding and swallowing problems
  • Aspiration and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Sedation
  • “SIDS”

If you or a loved one has been affected by taking Effexor, contact Stapleton & Barrera to find out if your case can be pursued against Pfizer, maker of Effexor.

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