Peripheral neuropathy, a rare form of nerve damage, has recently been linked to the fluoroquinolone antibiotic medication Factive (generic: gemifloxacin).
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy after taking Factive, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
Update: Factive Should Only Be Used As Last Resort, FDA Warns
July 26, 2016 – The FDA today announced new, stronger warnings about the potentially disabling and permanent side effects associated with Factive and other commonly prescribed antibiotics from the fluoroquinolone class. The medications are intended only for serious infections like sepsis, blood infections, and infections resistant to conventional drugs. However, over the years, they have been increasingly prescribed to treat less serious infections such as sinusitis, bronchitis, and less-complicated urinary tract infections (UTIs).
What is Factive?
Factive is a broad-spectrum fluoroquinolone medication prescribed to treat pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis, otitis, and urinary tract infections. The drug is designed to kill multiple types of bacteria that can infect the lungs, sinuses, otitis, and urinary tract. Factive is intended to be taken once a day orally for five to seven days, though regimens may vary depending on your physician’s instructions. Factive is manufactured by Korea-based LG Life Sciences, and was approved by the FDA in 2003.
FDA Warns About Factive / Peripheral Neuropathy Link
In October 2004, the FDA issued a warning about the rapid onset of peripheral neuropathy and the risk of permanent nerve damage in patients being treated with fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Factive. Then in August 2013, the administration updated their earlier warning on Factive and peripheral neuropathy, stating:
“The onset of peripheral neuropathy after starting fluoroquinolone therapy was rapid, often within a few days. In some patients the symptoms had been ongoing for more than a year despite discontinuation of the fluoroquinolone. Several patients were continued on the fluoroquinolone drug despite the occurrence of neuropathic symptoms.”
As a result of the FDA warning, Factive’s Medication Guide now reads:
“Symptoms may occur soon after initiation of Factive and may be irreversible. Factive should be discontinued immediately if the patient experiences symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, including pain, burning, tingling, numbness, and/or weakness or other alterations in sensations including light touch, pain, temperature, position sense, and vibratory sensation.”
What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that affects the nervous system, whose main function it is to carry signals from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. Although there are more than 100 different forms of PN known in the medical literature, Factive has been linked to sensorimotor polyneuropathy. This condition occurs when signals between the brain, spinal cord, and body become distorted and interrupted.
Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of Factive-induced peripheral neuropathy may include:
- Change in sensation to light touch, pain, or temperature
- Change in sense of body position
- Loss of reflexes
- Muscle wasting
If you feel you may have developed peripheral neuropathy after taking Factive, you should consult your doctor right away. Seek immediate medical attention if you develop any of the symptoms listed above. Do not wait – permanent nerve damage has been known to occur in less than a week in certain Factive users. Your doctor will probably recommend discontinuing Factive in favor of another medication, but never stop taking a drug without first talking to your doctor.
Do I Have a Factive Peripheral Neuropathy Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Factive lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new peripheral neuropathy cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you developed peripheral neuropathy from Factive, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.