Fluoroquinolones (Levaquin, Avelox, Cipro) Dangerous Drug Attorneys
Fluoroquinolones are the most common type of antibiotic medication used to treat bacterial infections. First approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the 1980s,1 fluoroquinolones are often prescribed to treat, as well as to prevent, various infections.
Despite their popularity and efficacy, however, fluoroquinolones have been linked to some serious, irreversible side effects. If you or a loved one has developed serious health complications after taking a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, you may have a claim for financial recovery against the drug maker.
The lawyers at the Amaro Law Firm are dedicated to helping injured people seek compensation and justice when risky drugs – like fluoroquinolones – harm them. Tireless, strategic and diligent, our attorneys can provide you with superior representation and advocacy when it is time to seek compensation and justice for the serious damage caused by fluoroquinolones.
Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics that have been linked to heart complications and other serious side effects. Those harmed by fluoroquinolones can have legal options to seek financial recovery for their losses.
Available in oral, injection and topical cream form, fluoroquinolones can be used to treat a range of bacterial infections, including (but not limited to):
Bacterial prostatosis (inflammation of the prostate gland)
Bone, skin and joint infections
Lower respiratory tract infections
Urinary tract infections (UTIs).
These drugs work by targeting and killing the bacteria causing the infection. Some of the various fluoroquinolones that have been available in the U.S. include (but are not limited to):
Avelox (moxifloxacin), made by Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation (Bayer)
Cipro (ciprofloxacin), made by Bayer
Factive (gemifloxacin), made by Cornerstone Therapeutics, Inc.
Levaquin (levofloxacin), made by Ortho-McNeil-Janssen (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson)
Noroxin (norfloxacin), made by Merck (and discontinued in April 2014)
Ocuflox (ofloxacin), made by Allergen.
Of these, Cipro is the most commonly prescribed, comprising about 2 in every 3 fluoroquinolone prescriptions issued in the U.S. every year.
Common side effects associated with fluoroquinolones can include:
Dizziness and lightheadedness
Serious Side Effects Linked to Fluoroquinolones
Fluoroquinolones have been linked to some serious side effects, the worst of which can be life threatening. These include (but may not be limited to):
Heart complications, including aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection
Permanent nerve damage, including peripheral neuropathy
Permanent tendon damage, including tendon inflammation and rupture
Worsening of myasthenia gravis, a chronic neuromuscular disease that weakens the muscles.
FDA Warnings for Fluoroquinolones
Since 2008, the FDA has taken a number of steps to warn the public about the serious, potentially deadly side effects linked to fluoroquinolones. These actions have included the following:
July 2016 – The FDA announces that is has “approved changes to the labels of fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs,” revising the black box warning to address the link between using these drugs and developing “disabling and potentially permanent side effects of the tendons, muscles, joints, nerves, and central nervous system.”2
May 2016 – The FDA issues a public safety warning, explaining that “the serious side effects associated with fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs generally outweigh the benefits for patients with acute sinusitis, acute bronchitis, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections who have other treatment options. For patients with these conditions, fluoroquinolones should be reserved for those who do not have alternative treatment options.”3
August 2013 – The FDA issues a safety announcement, explaining that it is requiring the makers of fluoroquinolone to update the medication guides so they “describe the serious side effect of peripheral neuropathy.”4
July 2008 – The FDA announces that it is requiring the makers of fluoroquinolones to add black box warnings to the drugs’ labeling and packaging regarding the “increased risk of developing tendinitis and tendon rupture.” At that time, the FDA explained that those with the greatest risk of developing tendon complications included patents over 60, as well as recipients of kidney, heart or lung transplants.5
In the FDA’s latest fluoroquinolone warning, it stated that the agency “will continue to assess safety issues with fluoroquinolones and will update the public if additional actions are needed.”
Hundreds of fluoroquinolone lawsuits have been filed by injured people across the U.S. These claims generally allege that drug makers failed to warn the public about the serious complications associated with use of fluoroquinolones.
As lawsuits have continued to mount over the years, in August 2015, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) issued a transfer order, consolidating many of these cases for MDL.6
Established in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (MDL No. 2642), the fluoroquinolone MDL is intended to coordinate discovery and pre-trial proceedings.
Those who have a new fluoroquinolone claim can join the MDL or pursue an individual claim, and the best option will depend on the details of the case, as well as the needs and objectives of the prospective plaintiff. An attorney at the Amaro Law Firm can explain what your best option is, after reviewing your potential claim.
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