About the Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Lawsuit
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are widely prescribed to treat bacterial infections, but have recently been linked to cases of permanent nerve damage and other adverse effects. Thousands of patients have filed claims against the manufacturers of Levaquin®, Cipro®, and Avelox®, as the fluoroquinolone antibiotics lawsuit continues to grow. Our San Diego, CA, law firm is currently representing injured victims who deserve financial compensation for pharmaceutical negligence.
If you are among the millions of Americans who have taken fluoroquinolone antibiotics and suffered serious complications, you may be entitled to pursue damages. Please contact our firm today to speak with an attorney and schedule a free consultation.
About Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics
In widespread use since the mid to late 1990s, doctors routinely prescribe fluoroquinolone antibiotics to treat respiratory and urinary tract infections. More than 36 million Americans were prescribed Levaquin® in 2014, and millions more are taking Avelox® and Cipro®.
Complications from These medications
On May 13, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a strong warning about fluoroquinolone antibiotics, going so far as to state that side effects from these drugs “generally outweigh the benefits” in many cases. These “disabling and potentially permanent side effects” include damage to tendons, muscles, joints, nerves, and the central nervous system.
Peripheral neuropathy has been specifically connected to fluoroquinolone use.
Peripheral neuropathy has been specifically connected to fluoroquinolone use, with symptoms that include numbness, tingling, burning, or shooting pain in the arms or legs. The condition can come on quite suddenly, with symptoms starting within days of taking the medication. The nerve damage may last for months, years, or can even remain permanent.
Peripheral neuropathy has been listed as a potential side effect of fluoroquinolones since 2004. In 2013, the FDA called for stronger wording on drug labels to warn patients of the serious risk of this potentially irreversible condition. At that time, they also removed the word “rare” from a previous warning.
The Fluoroquinolones Lawsuit
Johnson & Johnson's Levaquin® (along with Cipro® and Avelox®, manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals) has been the subject of thousands of lawsuits related to nerve damage and other conditions. These large pharmaceutical corporations have been accused of concealing evidence of the catastrophic risk associated with fluoroquinolone antibiotics, to the severe detriment of patients.
In early 2016, an $800 million Levaquin® lawsuit was filed by five plaintiffs in Washington D.C. These allegations are very serious, including claims against Johnson & Johnson and a former FDA official involving violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.
Thousands of antibiotics cases were transferred to multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Minnesota in 2015. Several have been settled for confidential amounts, but many are still pending, and new cases continue to be filed.
Past juries have awarded large sums to plaintiffs who have suffered peripheral neuropathy or severe tendon damage from use of fluoroquinolones. Our pharmaceutical liability attorneys have a strong record of obtaining results for our clients, and we can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Our attorneys have helped many patients who have fallen victim to unfair practices by pharmaceutical corporations. If you have suffered a serious injury after taking fluoroquinolone antibiotics, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Please contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.