June 30, 2015 — A lawsuit has been filed by a man who was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) after taking the antibiotic Levaquin.
The lawsuit was filed against Janssen Pharmaceuticals in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania by Gordon Olsommer. He used Levaquin (500-mg) in mid-2010 to treat a sinus infection and bronchitis. Not long afterward, he was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy.
Peripheral neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that causes weakness, numbness, and pain, usually in the hands and feet. Symptoms can appear rapidly (within just a few days) and cause permanent side effects.
Although the label on Levaquin has carried warnings about peripheral neuropathy since 2004, but claimed the disease was “rare” and would go away when Levaquin was discontinued. According to the lawsuit (PDF):
“The warning label for Levaquin during the period from September 2004 through August 2013 misled Plaintiff and his treating physician by incorrectly advising patients and physicians that peripheral neuropathy associated with Levaquin was ‘rare’ and in any case could be avoided by discontinuing the drug upon the onset of certain symptoms.”
In August 2013, the FDA issued a Safety Communication and ordered drug-makers to update the label on Levaquin to emphasize the rapid onset of symptoms and risk of long-term complications.
Evidence of these risks has been growing since the 1990s, and in 2001 a study of 45 patients found that most of them developed symptoms within a few days and had persistent symptoms lasting more than one year. In 2014, a study of 6,000 people with peripheral neuropathy concluded that “those on fluoroquinolones were at a statistically significant higher risk of developing peripheral neuropathy.”
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