Fluoroquinolones (FLQs) Lawsuit
You may be eligible for a significant cash settlement
Thousands of victims are suffering permanent nerve damage after taking FLQs
Have you or a loved one experienced any of the following symptoms after having been prescribed a fluoroquinolone antibiotic such as Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox, Noroxin, Floxin, or Factive?
- Parenthesia (nerve tingling, prickling, or burning)
- Pain that is shooting or stabbing
- Numbness or weakness that starts in the fingertips or toes before spreading
- Extreme touch sensitivity
- Problems feeling temperatures, textures, or body position
- Decreased muscle coordination
- Problems walking
- Organ damage
- and more
Fluoroquinolones (FLQs) are a popular class of broad spectrum antibiotic drugs. In 2003, after numerous reports of patients developing symptoms of long-lasting peripheral neuropathy, the FDA began investigating the association between FLQs and peripheral neuropathy. It has since been proven that FLQs carry a significant risk of causing nerve damage in the hands, feet, arms or legs.
Often, fluoroquinolones (FLQs) are an antibiotic used to treat the following medical issues:
- Bacterial bronchitis
- Urinary tract infections
- Septicemia and intra-abdominal infections
- Joint and bone infections
- Soft tissue and skin infections
- Typhoid fever
- Bacterial gastroenteritis
- Urethral and gynecological infections
- Pelvic inflammation
- and more
FLQs Antibiotics May Lead to Permanent Nerve Damage
Peripheral neuropathy occurs as a result of damage to the peripheral nervous system, which sends information from your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body, usually causing weakness, numbness, and stabbing or burning pain. Symptoms can develop almost immediately after taking FLQs.
Current FLQs available in the United States include Cipro (ciprofloxacin); Factive (gemifloxacin); Levaquin, Quixin, Iquix (levofloxacin); Vigamox, Avelox, Moxeza (moxifloxican); Noroxin (norfloxican); and Floxin, Ocuflox (ofloxican). As a result of a FDA investigation in 2003, the manufacturers were required to update their warning labels to properly inform consumers of the potential risk to develop peripheral neuropathy. The ensuing warning label warned of a “rare” correlation between the FLQs drug and the development of peripheral neuropathy. In 2015, a FDA advisory panel discussed the risks and benefits of FLQs continued and systematic use to treat bacterial infections. The result was again to issue stronger labels warning consumers of the risk of side effects, most notably permanent peripheral neuropathy.
During the FDA advisory panel, an executive from Johnson & Johnson, manufacturer of the FLQ Levaquin, testified that FLQs can indeed cause peripheral neuropathy. With federal knowledge of such a relationship dating back to 2003 and the manufacturer’s continued aversion in regards to warning the general public of such a correlation, it is clear that many of these unfortunate instances of peripheral neuropathy could have been avoided. Unfortunately, it’s too late for thousands of victims who have used FLQ’s to treat infections and now suffer from permanent peripheral neuropathy.
As a result of the failure of FLQs manufacturers to adequately warn the consumers about the risk of developing peripheral neuropathy associated with taking antibiotics containing FLQs, financial compensation may be available through a lawsuit. Call our office today at 888-257-1633 (24/7) for a free and confidential consultation.
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