Avelox is an antibiotic that has been linked to reports of nerve damage, tendon injuries, aortic aneurysms, and a life-threatening skin rash known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS).
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Avelox induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with a severe side effect, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
Avelox (moxifloxacin) is the brand-name of moxifloxacin, a prescription medication in a class of broad-spectrum antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones. Avelox is made by Bayer and it has been on the market since the 1990s.
Avelox and Aortic Aneurysms
Avelox can damage collagen in connective tissue, which is why it is associated with tendon ruptures and retinal detachment. It has also recently been linked to aortic aneurysm, in which collagen in the wall of the aorta weakens and causes it to “balloon” outward. A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine in October 2015 found that current users of fluoroquinolone antibiotics were twice as likely to develop aortic aneurysm. In November 2015, the medications were linked to a tripled increased risk of aneurysms in a study published by the British Medical Journal. Aortic aneurysms are sometimes called “silent killers” because they rarely produce symptoms in early stages. However, when the aorta rips open, massive internal bleeding can rapidly cause shock and death without emergency surgery.
Avelox and Nerve Damage
Researchers have known for over a decade that all fluoroquinolones, including Avelox, can increase a patient’s risk of peripheral neuropathy, a severe and potentially permanent type of nerve damage. For example, a study published in 2001 described 45 cases of peripheral neuropathy — most cases were described as “severe,” with onset of symptoms occurring within one week in 84% of cases. In 58% of cases, symptoms persisted for more than a year.
FDA Warnings for Avelox
In 2004, the FDA required drug-makers to add peripheral neuropathy to the warning label on Avelox. It was not until 2013 that the FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication to emphasize that symptoms could appear rapidly (within a matter of days) and last for months, years, or indefinitely. Avelox is also associated with an increased risk of tendon injuries. In 2008, the FDA ordered drug-makers to update the risk information with a Black Box Warning — the strongest type of warning.
Steven-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)
Avelox is associated with rare but severe and sometimes fatal cases of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), an allergic drug reaction that causes the outer layer of skin to peel off. The Prescribing Information (PDF) for Avelox warns about reports of “severe dermatologic reactions (for example, toxic epidermal necrolysis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome).” Patients should immediately stop using Avelox at the first appearance of a skin rash, or any other sign of hypersensitivity, and seek medical attention.
What is the problem?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is nationally recognized as a class action law firm. However, we are not currently filing an Avelox class action. Instead, we are focusing on individual lawsuits for people with severe injuries, such as:
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Nerve damage
- Steven Johnson Syndrome (SJS)
- Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN)
- Aortic aneurysm
- And more
About Class Actions
Class action lawsuits are beneficial when a large group of people have similar legal claims against the same defendant — for example, employment discrimination by a corporation. It wouldn’t make financial sense for each person to file a lawsuit alone. Instead, members of a class action consolidate their individual claims into one lawsuit, choose a representative, and collectively argue for compensation.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to an Avelox Class Action
Class actions can have disadvantages for individual plaintiffs with serious injuries. Members may have to accept higher attorneys’ fees or a “low-ball” settlement. Fortunately, you have a right to seek justice. Our attorneys specialize in helping victims of defective drugs seek financial compensation from pharmaceutical companies. You could potentially receive compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income or employment, and more.
Do I have an Avelox Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Avelox induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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