Levaquin Personal Injury Lawyer in Maryland
Injured after taking Levaquin?
Levaquin is an antibiotic used in the treatment of infections that functions by inhibiting the reproduction of the bacteria. Manufactured by Ortho-McNeil, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, Levaquin is part of a class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones. Levaquin, as well as other brands of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, have been linked to serious tendon injuries in patients. Common tendon injuries include:
- Tendon rupture
- Tendon damage
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there have been hundreds of tendon-related adverse effects incidents reported after the use of fluoroquinolone antibiotics. More than 60% of the reported tendon ruptures were caused by Levaquin, with many injuries resulting in serious physical damage and permanent disabilities. While the Achilles tendon has been the most frequently affected, tendon ruptures in the shoulder, biceps, hand and thumb have been reported as well.
In August 2006, a consumer advocacy group called Public Citizen filed a petition with the FDA asking the organization to require pharmaceutical manufacturers to add information regarding the risk of tendon ruptures to Levaquin warning labels. The petition also called for pharmacists to give patients FDA-approved medication guides that would warn patients of the risk of tendon rupture and all associated symptoms. However, the FDA did not take any action at the time.
In January 2008, Public Citizen filed a lawsuit against the FDA due to their negligence in following up on the 2006 petition. This prompted the FDA to require the placement of a black box warning on all fluoroquinolones in July 2008, warning consumers of the risk of tendon rupture. The FDA has also issued a black box warning concerning the potential of Levaquin to worsen myasthenia gravis symptoms, including muscle weakness and breathing problems, which are potentially life-threatening and may require ventilatory support. Currently, no recall has been initiated by Johnson & Johnson or the FDA.
Johnson & Johnson is currently facing a considerable number of Levaquin lawsuits claiming that they failed to provide proper warnings about the serious side effects associated with the drug. These lawsuits allege that many of the tendon ruptures resulting from the use of Levaquin could have been prevented had Johnson & Johnson adequately informed consumers of the risk.
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Our team of Maryland personal injury lawyers has spent years accumulating the legal skills and strategies needed to effectively litigate pharmaceutical liability claims. Capable of acting as firm advocates on your behalf and formidable legal adversaries against even the most powerful pharmaceutical companies, our legal team is here to provide you with the representation and support you need to recover compensation.
If you or a loved one has suffered a tendon injury or other adverse health effect after taking Levaquin, contact Peter Angelos, P.C. to discuss your case.