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Amiodarone News

Listed here are some good sources of  information.

The sites I’ve listed at the bottom indicate conflicting views of Amiodarone use in the U.S.
The FDA clearly states indications of use for the drug and it is NOT for atrial fibrillation. It’s meant to be a last ditch effort for patients with ventricular fribrillation.
Nevertheless, the American Heart Association endorses the “off label” (i.e. not as directed on the label) atrial fibrillation which goes against FDA approval.
As I search the internet, I haven’t come across anything that states patients are required to be informed of risks in regards to this drug or any drug. Quite to the contrary, read the Consumer Reports article at the bottom and learn that doctors are not required to tell patients that the drug they are prescribing to them is not approved for that particular use by the FDA.

 

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Medication Guide for Cordarone
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/UCM152841.pdf

About.com (Several articles)
http://heartdisease.about.com/lr/amiodarone/88788/1/

Washington Watch

http://www.medpagetoday.com/Washington-Watch/Washington-Watch/13333

New York Times (2 Legal Cases)
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/02/nyregion/02schapp.html?scp=3&sq=amiodarone&st=cse
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/02/business/02allergan.html?_r=2&th&emc=th

FDA Guildlines of Use for Amiodarone
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm118073.htm
FDA Guidelines to Providers Regarding Amiodarone
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/DrugSafetyInformationforHeathcareProfessionals/ucm084108.htm

Medline (Who Should Use Amiodarone…People with life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias per FDA guidelines)
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a687009.html

American Heart Assiocation (Shows Amiodarone being promoted in an “off label” use against FDA guidelines)
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/General/What-Is-Atrial-Fibrillation_UCM_308818_Article.jsp

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Arrhythmia/PreventionTreatmentofArrhythmia/Medications-for-Arrhythmia_UCM_301990_Article.jsp

Consumer Reports “Off Label Drugs: What Does It Mean For You?”
http://www.consumerreports.org/health/best-buy-drugs/off-label-drug-prescribing-what-does-it-mean-for-you-5-09/overview/off-label-drug-prescribing.htm

Learn About Atrial Fibrillation
http://www.a-fib.com/Causes.htm

Patient Communication Study

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/08/patient-communication-study-doctors-truth_n_1263171.html?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl18%7Csec3_lnk3&pLid=134120

 


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  1. Della Katon says

    How in Gods name do you get a Dr. to accept that amiodarone is reacting in a person. Lee has conjestive heart failure, was put on amiodarone in April 2014 after being in the hospital for another reason. His meds were changed around and he was in and out of the hospital for 2 months. Now he is on Hospice and the Drs. say there is nothing they can do. He is bruised all over, has trouble breathing, itching everywhere, body swollen, retaining lots of fluid, can’t walk around anymore, legs oozing fluid and feels terrible. The Drs. say this is all from the heart failure and not the Amiodarone. What to do?????

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