Levaquin (Levofloxacin) is a fluroquinolone antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections, and is available only by prescription. On July 8, 2008, the FDA ordered the manufacturer to add a Black Box warning to Levaquin. A Black Box warning is the strongest warning available for prescription drugs. The FDA also required that a guidebook be provided to patients warning about the possible side effects.
People that have been prescribed Levaquin have filed lawsuits claiming that it causes ruptured tendons and that the defendants’ warnings about this side effect were inadequate.
Defendants Johnson & Johnson, Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc., and Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development are denying that Levaquin is defective or unreasonably dangerous. Defendants are also denying that they failed to provide adequate warnings.
The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation determined that centralizing the Levaquin Tendon Rupture cases was appropriate. All Levaquin Tendon Rupture federal cases have been ordered transferred to the District of Minnesota.
When the FDA required that the labeling of Levaquin and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics be revised to include a Black Box warning about tendon injuries in 2008, the FDA database showed 262 reported cases of tendon ruptures, 259 cases of tendonitis, and 274 cases of other tendon disorders associated with these drugs. The majority of tendon ruptures—61 percent—were tied to Levaquin.
At the time, the FDA warned that pain, swelling, inflammation, and tears of tendons including the Achilles, shoulder, hand, or other areas can happen in patients taking Levaquin. The agency said such injuries were more likely to occur in people who are over 60 years of age, taking steroids (corticosteroids), or who have undergone a kidney, heart, or lung transplant. The most common tendon injury associated with Levaquin involves the Achilles tendon.
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We believe the defendants should be held accountable for any harm that they have caused, and that people who have suffered injuries from taking Levaquin should be treated fairly and compensated for their losses (whether it be medical bills, lost wages, loss of quality of life and independence, or pain and suffering).
Dr Shezad Malik law firm is helping people who have suffered tendon ruptures and tendon tear injuries associated with the use of Levaquin. We are currently accepting Levaquin Lawsuit injury cases in all 50 states. If you or someone you know has been injured by Levaquin, please contact our firm for a free, no obligation consultation. Call 817-255-4001 or fill out our online contact form and a Levaquin Side Effects lawyer will contact you to answer any of your questions.
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The Dr. Shezad Malik Law is currently evaluating and accepting Levaquin Tendon Rupture Cases.