July 30, 2015 — A woman from Texas who was disabled by nerve damage after taking the antibiotic Levaquin has filed a lawsuit against drug-makers for failing to adequately warn about the side effect.
The lawsuit (PDF) was filed by Catherine Farmer and her husband, residents of Plano, Texas, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (Case No. 3:02-at-06000).
Farmer was prescribed Levaquin at least three times in the weeks before she developed nerve damage. In April 2006, she used Levaquin for a sinus infection. Just a few weeks later, she was hospitalized after open heart surgery and given intravenous (IV) Levaquin. She also used a 7-day course of 500-mg Levaquin when she was discharged from the hospital.
Farmer says she started experiencing symptoms of peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) shortly after taking IV and oral Levaquin. Those symptoms included constant pain, dizziness, headaches, and burning in her arms and legs. According to the lawsuit:
“In addition to the burning in her arms and legs and the all-over sensitivity to touch, Ms. Farmer currently experiences tingling in her scalp as if it is on fire. She also currently experiences facial numbness and burning.”
By 2008, she was disabled by symptoms of nerve damage and could not work. She continues to take medications to control symptoms, but will likely suffer from permanent complications.
The lawsuit accuses Janssen Pharmaceuticals of failing to provide adequate warnings about peripheral neuropathy. The side effect has been included on the label for Levaquin since 2004, but assured patients it was rare and would go away when Levaquin was discontinued.
In August 2013, the FDA issued a Safety Communication to warn that nerve damage from Levaquin could occur rapidly (within a few days of the first dose) and cause irreversible symptoms. They also removed language about “rare cases” of neuropathy.
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