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Levaquin Information

What is Levaquin?

Levaquin (levofloxacin) is a fluoroquinolone class antibiotic manufactured by Ortho-McNeil, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, which is indicated for use by adults ages 18 and older. It is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections ranging from pneumonia and bronchitis to urinary tract infections. It may be administered by injection, oral solution, or tablets.

Our law firm represents people in personal injury cases that involve adverse medical events caused by Levaquin such as the following:

  • Retinal Detachments
  • Liver Failure
  • Liver Disease / Injury
  • Drug-Induced Hepatitis

Other fluoroquinolone antibiotic medications such as Avelox and/or Cipro can also cause these serious side effects -- even if there is no Levaquin involved.


NOTE: We are no longer taking cases involving:

  • Tendon Rupture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear / Injury
  • Severe Tendonitis / Tendinitis

All content by attorney Tom Lamb



Levaquin Case Evaluation

The information you provide to us for this Free Case Evaluation will be treated as strictly confidential.  You will get a reply from us no later than the next business day.  Submitting a case evaluation does not obligate you to hire our law firm for your lawsuit.  We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will make no payment for our legal services until after we have succeeded in getting legal compensation for you.  Go to Form

NOTE:  This Case Evaluation form can also be completed for situations that involve other fluoroquinolone antibiotic medications such as Avelox and/or Cipro -- even if there is no Levaquin involved. 


 

Among Several Antibiotics In The Fluoroquinolone Class, Levaquin Has The Most Tendon Injury Lawsuits Filed To Date

While all of the fluoroquinolone antibiotics, such as Levaquin, Cipro, Avelox, and others, received a "black-box" warning citing the associated increased risk of tendon injury, Levaquin stands out has having the most lawsuits filed by injured patients using this drug.

A “Black Box” Warning About Tendon Injury Is Added To The Levaquin Package Insert In July 2008

The FDA finally pushes Ortho-McNeil to add a "black box" warning to the package insert, or label, of its fluoroquinolone antibiotic, Levaquin. The black box warning was a long-awaited amendment to the former label which only mentioned the risk for tendon rupture in a long list of other side effects.

Putting Pressure On The FDA: Public Citizen Petition To Add Stronger Warnings To Levaquin Label

Public Citizen's August 2006 Petition states that warnings about the risk of tendon injury on the label for Levaquin and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics are not strong enough.  Requesting that "Dear Doctor" letters be sent out and that "black box" warnings be added, the Petition forces the FDA to take a closer look at Levaquin. 

Levaquin Class Actions

We believe that people who suffered a serious injury due to the Levaquin antibiotic are better served when an individual lawsuit is filed on their behalf. A serious injury case should not be filed as part of any Levaquin class action together with the claims of many other people who may have had different injuries caused by this fluoroquinolone antibiotic.

Legal Compensation for Levaquin Injuries

If you experienced serious side effects or adverse reaction from the use of Levaquin, you may have a claim for legal compensation. Legal compensation claims involving injuries caused by the use of Levaquin are made by filing a lawsuit in court. All states have statutes of limitations that determine the time period allowed to file a Levaquin lawsuit.


 

Drug Injury Watch: Levaquin News And Commentary

Levaquin / Cipro / Avelox: Retinal Detachments Are Visual Side Effects Of Oral Fluoroquinolones Antibiotics


Health Canada Suggests That Low Level Or Under-Reporting For These Adverse Reactions Involving Eyesight Is Due To The Limited Information Available


SUMMARY: The July 2013 edition of the Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter brings us up to date on this emerging drug safety issue concerning Levaquin, Cipro, Avelox, and similar antibiotics with this report, "Oral fluoroquinolones and retinal detachment".

This Health Canada report notes that further research is needed to confirm whether there is a potential association between retinal detachment and fluoroquinolones, e.g., Levaquin, Cipro, Avelox, as well as to clarify the mechanism of action for this possible side effect drug injury.

[Read this article in full at original source]

 

Earlier Levaquin articles by Tom Lamb on the Drug Injury Watch blog:

Levaquin / Cipro / Avelox: Small But Significant Increased Risk Of Acute Kidney Injury Among Men According To Recent Study

Levaquin and Avelox Linked To Increased Risk Of Liver Injury In Older Patients According To New Canadian Study

Current Use Of Cipro And Levaquin Associated With Increased Risk Of Detached Retina Eye Injury

First Levaquin Lawsuit Trial In Federal Court MDL Litigation Started In Mid-November 2010

February 2010: Levaquin MDL Bellwether, Or Test, Cases Selected For First Trials

Levaquin Has Been Associated With Dysglycemia Events Such As Hyperglycemia And Hypoglycemia

Levaquin Federal Court Cases Already Have MDL; Now "Mass-Tort Treatment" Requested in New Jersey State Court

Reports Of Tendon Ruptures Caused By Antibiotics Levaquin, Cipro, and Avelox

Levaquin Associated With Blood Sugar Problems And Liver Disorders

Some Antibiotics Linked To Tendon Rupture; Public Citizen Petitions FDA For Stronger Warnings


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