Levaquin (levofloxacin) is an antibiotic primarily used to treat bacterial infections of the lungs, sinus, skin, and urinary tract. Since 2013, the drug has been linked to peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) side effects. The FDA issued a warning regarding the risk of nerve damage when taking Levaquin that same year. This is an extremely serious type of nerve damage that can develop quickly and result in permanent damage or chronic pain. Levaquin has also been found to cause sudden tendon ruptures and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome.
History of Levaquin Lawsuits
Brand-name Levaquin is manufactured and distributed by Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, which is now a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Levaquin is commonly prescribed to treat a range of bacterial infections as well as pneumonia, skin infections, and bubonic plague. The drug was approved by the FDA in 1996 and has been available as a generic drug since 2011. More than 6 million people are prescribed the oral version of the drug each year, and over one million are given Levaquin intravenously in hospitals every year.
In 2008, the FDA demanded the manufacturer include serious warnings regarding Levaquin, including that a mandatory “Black Box” warning be affixed to all containers of the drug. A Black Box warning is one of the most severe steps the FDA can take short of a recall. At this time, lawyers throughout the United States, including those at Atkins & Markoff, began accepting inquiries about lawsuits against the manufacturer.
Considered a ‘generic’ antibiotic, Levaquin is used to treat common bacterial infections, including the following:
- Urinary tract infections
- Prostate infections
- Skin infections
- Kidney infections
- Sinus infections
- Certain strains of pneumonia
Levaquin Side Effects
After just a few years on the market, patients began experiencing serious side effects after using Levaquin. These side effects oftentimes varied in terms of which part of the body was affected, but the majority of people experienced sore tendons that eventually ruptured, in some cases. Side effects of Levaquin include the following:
- Hand injuries
- Thumb injuries
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Biceps injuries
- Achilles tendon inflammation or ruptures
The use of Levaquin can be very dangerous for some people and the side effects can be extremely painful. Our lawyers have experience representing individuals throughout Oklahoma in class-action lawsuits against the manufacturers of Levaquin and will do everything we can do ensure you receive the compensation and justice you deserve. It is important that you act now in order to pursue legal action and compensation for the damages you have incurred because of taking Levaquin.