The Louisiana Record Jun. 3, 2016, 2:02pm


NEW ORLEANS — A Jefferson Parish woman is suing a generic drug manufacturer, alleging a certain drug caused her health problems.

Kristina Marie Guarino filed a lawsuit May 6 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. alleging negligent misrepresentation and violation of the Consumer Protection Law.

According to the complaint, on Dec. 28, 2014, Guarino was prescribed six azithromycin 250 mg tablets that were distributed by the defendant. On Jan. 1, 2016, the suit says, her blood tests indicated advanced stage fibrosis consistent with cirrhosis and severe cholestasis. 

On Jan. 12, 2016, the complaint states, the plaintiff’s diseased liver was removed and a donor liver was surgically implanted. Azithromycin has been linked to an increased risk of liver damage, the suit says. 

The plaintiff alleges Teva Pharmaceuticals manufactured, produced, promoted and formulated azithromycin without adequately testing the drug, failed to instruct and/or warn of the risk of the chance for liver failure as a result of ingesting azithromycin, failed to provide adequate warning and provided inaccurate labeling and inadequate warnings and instructions.

Guarino seeks a trial by jury, damages of more than $75,000, plus interest and costs and such other relief as justice requires. She is represented by attorney Richard M. Martin Jr. of Lamothe Law Firm in New Orleans.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-04292

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