Lawyer Warns of Medical Evidence Showing Increased Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death due to Antipsychotic Medication Use
From: PR Web
Today, Harlingen Attorney Ricardo A. Barrera posted an articleon his popular website blog about the alleged connection between sudden cardiac death (SCD) and prescribed antipsychotic medication such as Zyprexa, Haldol, Risperdal and others.
"These drugs apparently raise the risk of sudden cardiac arrest by three times," comments Mr. Barrera. "This is unacceptable."
Citing Dr. Audrey Uy-Evanado who reported at the annual meeting of the Heart Rhythm Society in Denver (Clinical Psychiatric News, May 24th, 2013), Barrera wrote that these medications have a three-time increased risk factor for SCD over those who are not on such medications. Dr. Uy-Evanado, with of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, based her remarks on the ongoing Oregon Sudden Unexplained Death Study. Clinical Psychiatric News reported "In a multivariate logistic regression analysis adjusted for age, gender, and comorbidities, having schizophrenia was not associated with an increased risk of SCD. However, patients on a first-generation antipsychotic agent had a 3.76-fold increased risk of SCD (P = .0002), and those on a second-generation antipsychotic drug had a 3.3-fold increased risk."
Barrera suggests that families who have lost members to SCD who were also on antipsychotics, to consider contacting an attorney to discuss the merits of a legal case.
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