Levaquin class action lawsuits pertain to the tendon and also in recent years retinal damage that may be caused as a result of this drug. Levaquin or Levofloxacin is a prescription antibiotic manufactured by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson and is usually prescribed in cases where infections do not respond to other medicines. It is an extremely potent antibiotic which initially was used for extremely serious bacterial infections. More recently it has been prescribed by doctors for common bacterial infections such as pneumonia and bronchitis. Levaquin approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996. However, in 2002 and 2007 the warning label was amended to include a warning about the risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture. In July of 2008 the warning label changed again to include the so-called "black box" warning which emphasizes the risk for tendinitis and tendon rupture in all ages, but especially for those over 60 and who are also taking corticosteroids. The FDA had directed all antibiotic manufacturers making fluoroquinolones to enhance their warning of tendon rupture and damage, but Johnson & Johnson failed to do so, leading to numerous lawsuits by users afflicted with tendon rupture and damage. The company denies the charge of failure to warn, which is the cornerstone of the case against it.
Q:What are class action lawsuits against Levaquin and who can join such lawsuits as plaintiffs?
A:Class action lawsuits against Levaquin are joint civil actions filed on behalf of a certified class of users of Levaquin who allege that Levaquin was responsible for damaging their tendons. The FDA has warned about the possible damage that Levaquin can do to connective tissues in the body. To find out if you or a loved one has a claim involving Levaquin, contact a product liability lawyer dealing with Levaquin side effects immediately.
Q:What is the basis of filing levaquin class action lawsuit?
A:The basis of filing Levaquin lawsuits is that the company has not adequately warned manufacturers of the potential side effects that are associated with the medication. The medication is known to cause tendon ruptures, tendonitis and tendon damage. Attorneys are trying to prove the link between the medication and the side effects in court to get their clients monetary compensations.