Just a little over a year since federal regulators ordered that <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/levaquin">Levaquin The Reader release and similar antibiotics bear Black Box warnings about their association with serious tendon injuries, the first Levaquin lawsuits are beginning to circulate through the courts.
According to The Wall Street Journal, one of the latest Levaquin lawsuits was just filed in a New Jersey state court on behalf of three plaintiffs from around the U.S. The lawsuit charges that Johnson & Johnson and Ortho-McNeil represented Levaquin as a safe antibiotic despite its known association with tendon damage. The attorney representing the three Levaquin plaintiffs also pointed out that the drug is far more expensive than generic alternatives that have better safety profiles, the Journal said.
In 2008, the Food & Drug Administration
(FDA) required that the labeling of Levaquin and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics be revised to include a Black Box warning about tendon injuries. At the time, the FDA database showed 262 reported cases of tendon ruptures, 259 cases of tendinitis, 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 others 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.
Jimi Hendrix: The Uncut Story dvdrip Dracula: Dead and Loving It full movie The most common tendon injury associated with Levaquin involves the Achilles tendon. Tendinitis and tendon rupture in the rotator cuff (the shoulder), the hand, the biceps, and the thumb have also been reported. In some cases, Levaquin tendon ruptures have required surgical repair, and victims have needed to undergo extensive rehab. Tendon rupture can occur during or after completion of a course of Levaquin, although cases occurring up to several months after completion of therapy have been reported.
The Illustrated Man movies The first Levaquin tendon injury trial is expected to begin sometime in the late summer of 2010. Most litigation specialists expect thousands of people to file such lawsuits against the makers of Levaquin and similar drugs. Last June, federal Levaquin lawsuits were consolidated in a Multidistrict Litigation before U.S. District Judge John R. Tunheim in the District of Minnesota. Recently, attorneys representing Levaquin victims in New Jersey state court requested that those lawsuits be centralized before one judge, as well.