Digitek is a drug used to treat patients with abnormal heart rhythms, as well as those who have experienced heart failure. The drug works by increasing the strength and improving the rhythm of the patient's heart beat. Digitek was recalled in April of 2008 because some tablets may have been produced at twice the proper thickness and therefore may have contained twice the appropriate dosage of the drug's active ingredient. This defect can cause a potentially fatal condition called digitalis toxicity.
Numerous lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers and distributors of Digitek and similar drugs, including Actavis Towowa LLC, Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., Actavis Group, Mylan Bertek Pharmaceuticals Inc., and UDL Laboratories Inc. If you or a loved one has experienced any of the symptoms of digitalis toxicity, see a physician immediately and contact an injury lawyer for an evaluation of your case. Statutes of limitations can limit the time you have to file a lawsuit, so it is important that you act quickly.
Types of Compensation
A patient who has been harmed by a bad drug such as Digitek may be able to obtain compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of income, lost prospects and other damages. In some cases a separate form of damages called punitive damages are awarded as well. Punitive damages are meant to penalize the parties responsible for the harm and to discourage other companies from committing similar acts of negligence.
The family members of a patient who dies as a result of a defective drug can file a survivor claim to continue the victim's personal injury claim. In addition, family members can seek compensation for wrongful death for medical and funeral expenses, as well as loss of future financial support. Wrongful death claims can also seek compensation for non-economic damages such as loss of love and companionship. As with personal injury lawsuits, plaintiffs in wrongful death lawsuits may receive punitive damages as well. A wrongful death attorney can help determine and protect your legal rights.
Filing a Lawsuit
Companies that manufacturer and distribute drugs and products for the consumer market are required to take safety measures in order to avoid harming consumers. A company that fails to meet this duty is liable for any injuries or deaths that result from its defective product. Depending on the circumstances of the case and the state in which it is filed, a company may be sued under pharmaceutical statutes, product liability laws and other legal theories.
The manufacturers and distributors of Digitek and generic forms of Digitek have been accused of producing and distributing a defective drug, failing to provide safety reports, failing to keep equipment in proper condition and other violations of production protocol. Many lawsuits have been filed by patients who claim they were harmed by the effects of digitalis toxicity as a result of these violations.
Your Defective Drug Attorney
To determine whether you have a good case against Actavis and/or other companies, you will need to speak with a defective drug attorney, who can educate you about state laws, statutes of limitations and other factors that may have an effect on your case. Your attorney will likely conduct research to identify any pharmaceutical or regulatory issues that need to be considered, and will try to determine if expert testimony could help. In some cases, your attorney may conclude that your best option is to join a class action lawsuit. Contact a personal injury attorney today for more information.
Drugs with the same active ingredient and application as Digitek include Lanoxicaps and Lanoxin, as well as the generic digoxin.