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Claims and Lawsuits Against Fluoroquinolone Drugs

By Law Offices of Steven A. Fabbro  Sep. 23, 2013 10:38a

Fluoroquinolone drugs are high-powered antibiotics such as Cipro, Levaquin, and Noroxin. These antibiotics are used to treat serious bacterial infections, such as those that are acquired in a hospital as well as those which do not respond to older antibiotics such as penicillin. On August 15, 2013 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Safety Alert which stated that the labels on medication guides accompanying these drugs must be updated to "better describe the serious side effect of peripheral neuropathy" associated with them. The FDA goes on to say that "the serious nerve damage caused by fluoroquinolones may occur soon after these drugs are taken and may be permanent."

The risk of nerve damage is only associated with fluoroquinolones taken orally or by injection, not through topical applications. The FDA alert applies to Levaquin, Cipro, Avelox, Noroxin, Floxin, and Factive. Peripheral neuropathy is described as a nerve disorder affecting the arms and legs which can occur at any time from use of these antibiotics and last for months to years even after the individual has stopped taking the drug. The condition can also become permanent.

Johnson & Johnson, the makers of Levaquin, currently face tens of thousands of lawsuits from consumers alleging that the antibiotic has caused tendon problems, irreversible nerve damage, and other health damage. According to the FDA, 60 percent of tendon injuries associated with fluoroquinolones may be traced to the use of Levaquin.

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