Natrecor (nesiritide) is a drug for heart failure that is typically administered intravenously in a hospital setting when a patient comes in exhibiting symptoms. The medication dilates blood vessels, reduces stress on the heart, and relieves such frightening symptoms as shortness of breath.

However, some researchers have challenged the safety of this drugs. Study results have been conflicting, but some data have shown the this medicine could raise mortality rates of patients withing one to two months of treatment. Reports have shown increased risk of kidney failure, among other problems.

While long-term studies have not yet confirmed these findings, patients who have been administered this drug may find that they were put at risk by doctors using an unsafe drug without the possible side effects being fully disclosed.

If you or a loved one has been given Natrecor and experienced serious side effects, contact us today to determine if you may have a personal injury claim.

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