Fluoroquinolone antibiotics such as Cipro®, Levaquin®, Floxin®, and Noroxin® can cause tendon damage, including tendon rupture. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has failed to adequately warn consumers and doctors about the dangers of these drugs, and does not require the drugs to carry strengthened warnings on their labeling.
Stricter Warnings Needed
In January 2008, the consumer protection group Public Citizen filed a fluoroquinolone lawsuit in federal court in an effort to compel the FDA to respond to their petition for stricter warnings about the dangerous side effects of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, which had been filed 16 months earlier. The FDA's lack of a response prompted the recent lawsuit.
Hundreds of Cases of Tendon Damage
Reports to the FDA of tendon damage linked to the use of fluoroquinolone antibiotics have been accumulating since 1994. Ruptures of shoulder tendons, Achilles tendon, hand tendons, and other tendons have been reported; some injuries have required surgical repair or resulted in long-term disabilities.
More than 300 cases of tendon rupture, 250 cases of tendonitis, and 270 cases of other tendon damage linked to fluoroquinolone use have now been submitted to the FDA, and it is likely that many more cases have occurred but were not reported.
About Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are used to treat infections such as those that occur in the respiratory and urinary tracts, the abdomen, and skin. Acute sinusitis and bronchitis and pneumonia may also be treated with fluoroquinolones. These drugs are synthetic and relatively new (the first was approved in 1986), and at first seemed to have a number of benefits.
However, within a few years after the introduction of fluoroquinolone antibiotics to the American market, tendon injury reports began to surface and some individuals are filing lawsuits over their injuries.
Speak to a Fluoroquinolones Attorney
If you have suffered a tendon injury or other severe side effect of a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, contact an attorney in your area who can tell you more about your legal right to compensation.
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