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Factive Class Action Lawsuit

Factive Class Action Lawsuit

The FDA has recently strengthened the prescribing information for Factive, a popular antibiotic, to include warnings about nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy) and tendon damage. Recent studies have also found evidence of a 2- to 3-fold increased risk of aortic aneurysms.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Factive induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with nerve damage or an 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.

Overview

Factive (gemifloxacin) is an antibiotic in the fluoroquinolone class. All drugs in this class have been associated with an increased risk of peripheral neuropathy, a serious type of nerve damage.

Factive and Aortic Aneurysms

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics have been linked to a 2- to 3-fold increased risk of aortic aneurysms in two recent studies. Aneurysms are balloon-like bulges in blood vessels that can rupture and cause massive bleeding inside the body. They are called “silent killers” because they rarely produce symptoms in the early stages.

One study was published in October 2015 by researchers in Taiwan. Researchers found a 50% increased risk of aortic aneurysms associated with past use of quinolones, and a 2.4-fold increased risk associated with current use. Another study found a tripled increased risk of aortic aneurysms based on data from 650,000 adults who used a fluoroquinolone antibiotic and 18,500 people who had an aneurysm.

Factive and Peripheral Neuropathy

In 2001, a study of 45 cases of peripheral neuropathy described 36 cases as “severe,” with 58% of cases lasting more than one year and 84% of cases occurring within one week.

The FDA required drug-makers to add warnings about peripheral neuropathy in 2004. Unfortunately, the agency continued to receive adverse event reports — including reports in which patients were not switched to another antibiotic after they developed nerve damage.

In 2013, the FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication and warned:

“[Nerve damage from Factive] may cause symptoms in the arms or legs such as pain, burning, tingling, numbness, weakness, or a change in sensation to light touch, pain or temperature. These symptoms can occur early in treatment and may be permanent.”

Factive and Tendon Ruptures

Factive and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics have been linked to tendon injuries for many years, but it was not until 2008 that the FDA required a Black Box Warning about the risk. Tendon injuries include tendinitis (tendon inflammation) and tendon rupture (torn tendon).

What is the problem?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is nationally recognized as a class action law firm, but we are not filing a Factive class action. Instead, we are focusing on filing individual lawsuits on behalf of people who developed severe side effects, such as aortic aneurysms, nerve damage, and peripheral neuropathy.

About Class Actions

Class action lawsuits are a useful legal strategy when a large group of plaintiffs has essentially the same legal claim. Good examples include wage discrimination and defective product litigation. It wouldn’t make financial sense for everyone to file a lawsuit alone, but by joining together, members of the class action pool their resources and collectively argue for compensation.

Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Class Action

Class actions make sense in certain circumstances, but they can have major disadvantages when individual plaintiffs have severe injuries. Members may have to accept higher attorneys’ fees or a blanket “low-ball” settlement offer.

Factive is associated with painful, debilitating side effects that can have permanent complications that make it impossible to live a normal life. Our attorneys file individual lawsuits because we believe each person who was injured deserves a personal legal representative.

We are committed to maximizing each client’s financial recovery through individual lawsuits. Our attorneys typically work on contingency-fee, which means you pay nothing up-front — instead, we invest our time and money in your case. If you decide to file a lawsuit, you could receive compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, disability, and more.

Do I have a Factive Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Factive induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with nerve damage or an 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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