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Digitek – a drug used to treat congestive heart failure and abnormal cardiac rhythm – was voluntarily recalled after some tablets were found to contain twice the amount of digitalis deemed safe by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
 
The FDA classified the recall as Class 1, meaning that the defective Digitek pills could cause serious health problems and even death. The potentially dangerous tablets were the result of a manufacturing error.
 
Digitek is a form of digitalis (also known as digoxin), a chemical that comes from the foxglove plant and has been used as a heart medicine since the 1700s.
 
Digitalis medicines increase the strength and efficiency of the heart by supplying added calcium to the heart cells. As calcium builds in the cells, it improves the heartbeat and stimulates blood circulation. The increased blood flow also reduces the swelling that is common in congestive heart failure.
 
Patients with congestive heart conditions are often prescribed diuretics along with a digitalis drug such as Digitek. Diuretics can result in potassium and magnesium loss, which increases the risk of digitalis toxicity. Also, whenever digitalis is taken by someone with impaired kidney function, the drug tends to accumulate in the body rather than become excreted in the urine.
 
Digitek is a registered trademark; it is manufactured by Actavis Towtowa and sold by Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., under both the Bertek and UDL labels. In addition to Digitek, digitalis medicines are also marketed under the trade names Lanoxin and Lanoxicaps.
 
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On April 25, 2008, Actavis Towtowa recalled Digitek after the discovery that tablets containing a defective dosage had been sent to consumers. An attempt was made by Actavis Towtowa to notify all its Digitek patients, as well as their pharmacists and physicians, of the recall.
 
On April 28, 2008, MedWatch issued a nationwide Class 1 Safety Alert for all strengths of Digitek after it was found that the double dose tablets could trigger serious and even fatal reactions in patients.
 
Despite the hasty recall, the FDA received reports of illness and injury in persons who had been prescribed Digitek; the manufacturer said it had received 11 such reports.
 
Two weeks following the Digitek recall, the first of the class actions suits were filed. Additional reports of defective Digitek injuries and deaths are expected.
 
Another Digitek recall occurred through a different manufacturer in April of 2009, this time the defective drugs were caused by oversized or undersized pills.
 
Buyer Beware
 
Digitalis toxicity can occur from a single exposure or from long-term overmedication. A double-strength Digitek tablet poses a greater risk to patients suffering from renal failure because they cannot excrete the digitalis from their bodies as easily as healthy people.
 
Signs of digitalis toxicity are: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, low blood pressure, irregular cardiac rhythm and bradycardia (slow heart beat).
 
If you believe you have developed a serious condition as a result of using Digitek, contact a personal injury attorney who specializes in product liability cases right away. A personal injury lawyer can help you pursue a lawsuit and get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
 
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Digitek – a drug used to treat congestive heart failure and abnormal cardiac rhythm – was voluntarily recalled after some tablets were found to contain twice the amount of digitalis deemed safe by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
 
The FDA classified the recall as Class 1, meaning that the defective Digitek pills could cause serious health problems and even death. The potentially dangerous tablets were the result of a manufacturing error.
 
Digitek is a form of digitalis (also known as digoxin), a chemical that comes from the foxglove plant and has been used as a heart medicine since the 1700s.
 
Digitalis medicines increase the strength and efficiency of the heart by supplying added calcium to the heart cells. As calcium builds in the cells, it improves the heartbeat and stimulates blood circulation. The increased blood flow also reduces the swelling that is common in congestive heart failure.
 
Patients with congestive heart conditions are often prescribed diuretics along with a digitalis drug such as Digitek. Diuretics can result in potassium and magnesium loss, which increases the risk of digitalis toxicity. Also, whenever digitalis is taken by someone with impaired kidney function, the drug tends to accumulate in the body rather than become excreted in the urine.
 
Digitek is a registered trademark; it is manufactured by Actavis Towtowa and sold by Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., under both the Bertek and UDL labels. In addition to Digitek, digitalis medicines are also marketed under the trade names Lanoxin and Lanoxicaps.
 
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