The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring new warnings to be added to labels of a popular class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones regarding an increased risk for damage to muscles, nerves and more.
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What’s the Problem?
May 12, 2016 – FDA is calling for an updated boxed warning to inform patients that the risks of fluoroquinolone antibiotics may outweigh the benefits in patients with sinusitis, bronchitis and uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTIs). Side effects of these medications may include damage to tendons, muscles, joints, nerves and the central nervous system (CNS). For patients with these conditions, fluoroquinolones should only be prescribed to those who do not have other treatment options, according to the FDA.
Fluoroquinolones have been available in the U.S. for decades and are now mostly prescribed as generics; however, many well-known brand names are still on the market including:
- Levaquin (levofloxacin)
- Cipro (ciprofloxacin)
- Avelox (moxifloxacin)
- Noroxin (norfloxacin)
- Floxin (ofloxacin)
- Factive (gemifloxacin)
The Quinolone Vigilance Foundation (QVF) issued the following statement in response to the new FDA warning:
“QVF applauds the Food and Drug Administration for implementing these vital changes to the boxed warnings and medication guide. Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are too risky for routine infections such as sinus infections, urinary tract infections, and bronchitis, and should only be used to treat life threatening infections. When the risks of a treatment for infection outweighs the benefits, changes need to be made at the highest levels to protect the health, safety, and lives of patients.”
Do I Have a Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in fluoroquinolone antibiotic lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you’ve been injured by the side effects of a brand name fluoroquinolone antibiotic, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.