Effexor, or Venlafaxine has been marketed to treat several conditions on the market for years. This drug, manufactured by the drug giant Pfizer, has been used to deal with such conditions from general anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder with or without agoraphobia. Effexor is an example of a Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors, or SNRI.
In early 2014, Pfizer voluntarily recalled lots of their Effexor medicines. According to the FDA, the recall includes Effexor XRÆ (venlafaxine HCl) 150 mg extended-release capsules, 90-count Effexor XR (venlafaxine HCl) 150 mg extended-release capsules and 90-count Greenstone LLC-branded Venlafaxine HC1 150 mg extended-release capsules. The concern was that the drugs may have contained Tikosyn– a major antiarrhythmic drug. It is used to treat irregular heartbeats and other cardiac conditions.
The concern that Tikosyn could have contaminated a radically different drug could cause severe issues for anyone that took Effexor drugs. The risks include heart issues and unforeseen drug interaction. The FDA is concerned that these side effects could be severe, including causing death.
The company advises that the lots V130142 and V130140, expiring in October 2015, and Greenstone lot number V130014, expiring in August 2015. If you or someone around you is taking Effexor and is facing a fast heartbeat, dizziness, or faintness.
If you or a loved one recognizes any of these symptoms or the use of this drug, make sure that you check with your doctor and pharmacist to see if it was from the offending shipment. If you or they have been injured due to the reckless marketing of this drug, contact a legal professional, such as those located on our resources page in order to find out your legal rights. Their skills as medical malpractice and consumer liability attorneys have won hundreds of cases for our clients, protecting them and holding the irresponsible companies accountable. Call them today for a free, no-pressure consultation.