Levofloxacin, marketed under the brand name Levaquin, is a powerful antibiotic medication manufactured by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The prescription drug was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1996 to treat patients with serious bacterial infections, including those resistant to other antibiotics. Once a widely prescribed and used medication, Levaquin has been linked to serious adverse health reactions, including:

  • Peripheral neuropathy (irreversible nerve damage)
  • Tendon damage (including Achilles’ heel ruptures and rotator cuff damage)
  • Heart problems
  • Colitis
  • Rhabdomyolysis (the breakdown of damaged skeletal muscle tissue)
  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome (life-threatening skin condition)

The FDA Orders Levaquin Manufacturer to Issue a “Black Box Warning”

After an influx of adverse health reactions were reported, including a number of reported tendon ruptures, the FDA ordered Ortho-McNeil to add black box warnings to Levaquin labels. Black box warnings, the strongest warnings required by the FDA, signify that studies have found links between the drug and serious, or even life-threatening, adverse effects. Unfortunately for the many patients who had already been taking Levaquin, Ortho-McNeil’s failure to warn consumers of potential dangers and risks came at a heavy price. Currently, lawsuits involving the antibiotic have extended into the thousands, with many victims claiming cases of tendon ruptures, tendon disorders, and other side effects.

We Can Help You Fight for the Money You Deserve

If you or a loved one has suffered tendon damage or any other adverse reaction after using Levaquin, our firm’s Pittsburgh personal injury lawyers are prepared to help you evaluate the potential merits of your claim to determine if you are eligible to pursue monetary compensation for your damages. Well-versed in product liability law and equipped with experience and resources rarely found elsewhere, our legal team can fight on your behalf to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you require and the justice you deserve.

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The American judicial system paves the way for injured victims to make their voices heard and hold responsible pharmaceutical companies liable for their damages. Although these legal avenues are in place, they never guarantee that victims will automatically be granted fair compensation. In order to recover your damages, you need to work with proven attorneys who are passionate about fighting for the rights of injured victims.

At Balzarini & Watson, we have utilized our decades of experience, exceptional skills as negotiators and trial lawyers, and our undying commitment to clients to successfully obtain more than $300 million in compensation. We strongly encourage anyone who has suffered damages at the hands of corporate misconduct and negligence to reach out to our firm for help. Contact a Pittsburgh personal injury lawyer from Balzarini & Watson to discuss your potential Levaquin lawsuit today.


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