Ketek users or their loved ones injured by Ketek side effects may file a lawsuit to recover compensation from Sanofi-Aventis, Ketek’s manufacturer. Our Ketek lawyers can assist you in filing a Ketek lawsuit seeking economic and personal damages including:

  • Medical bills
  • Income loss
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of Companionship

Ketek Lawsuits: Fraudulent Clinical Trials

In 2001 and 2003, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) did not approve Ketek since cheaper and safer antibiotics were available (for example, amoxicillin). The FDA told Sanofi-Aventis, Ketek’s manufacturer, to conduct a clinical study to prove that Ketek is safe and effective. Lawsuits allege that Sanofi-Aventis

engaged 1,800 private doctors to conduct the study and paid $400 for each studied patient. Unfortunately, many doctors were incentivized economically to forge patient consent forms to participate in the study. Ketek lawsuits note that an Alabama doctor was even convicted of fraud and sentenced to prison for forging 407 consent forms. Lawsuits claim that Sanofi-Aventis did not notify the FDA about the fraudulent clinical trials and may be liable for its deceptive and fraudulent tactics.

Ketek Lawsuits for Liver Damage

Ketek lawsuit complaints allege that Sanofi-Aventis knew Ketek had a high liver damage risk. A consumer advocacy group, Public Citizen, stated that at a January 2003 FDA meeting (about a year before Ketek’s approval), the FDA and Sanofi-Aventis received 54 liver damage reports, including 19 that were categorized as serious, from Ketek users. The lawsuit complaints highlight that these reports confirm Sanofi-Aventis’s alleged knowledge that Ketek was unsafe and defective.

Illinois Ketek Lawsuits

On November 15, 2007, Ketek attorneys filed a lawsuit on behalf of 47 injured Ketek users against Sanofi-Aventis in St. Clair County Circuit Court in Illinois. The lawsuit alleges that Ketek is defective and dangerous and Sanofi-Aventis concealed material facts about Ketek’s side effects. The lawsuit complaint further alleges that Sanofi-Aventis intentionally concealed its study results from the FDA to secure Ketek’s approval. The Ketek lawsuit seeks personal and economic damages on behalf of the injured Ketek users.      

Ketek Lawsuits: Failure to Warn

In May 2006, the FDA advised Sanofi-Aventis to place a black box label warning cautioning Ketek users of certain dangerous side effects. Sanofi-Aventis did not add this warning until November 2007. Ketek lawsuits claim that Sanofi-Aventis should be liable for failing to warn Ketek users sooner.

Filing Ketek Lawsuits

If you or a loved has been injured by Ketek, please contact us today. Our Ketek lawyers can assess your case and help you file a Ketek lawsuit.  

Published November 17, 2011 by