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Levaquin Cipro Tendon Ruptures

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Litigation Over Johnson & Johnson Antibiotic Levaquin Designated N.J. Mass Tort

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Litigation Over Johnson & Johnson Antibiotic Levaquin Designated N.J. Mass Tort

The New Jersey Supreme Court has designated mounting litigation over the Johnson & Johnson antibiotic Levaquin as a mass tort and has assigned it to an Atlantic County, N.J., judge. The suits charge that the drug, which is prescribed for bacterial infections of the lungs, urinary tract and skin, has caused Achilles’ tendon ruptures and other damage.

The plaintiffs law firm that sought mass-tort status, Douglas & London of New York, maintains that the litigation will likely involve thousands of cases with the same defendants, similar complex issues of law and fact, and plaintiffs with a high degree of commonality in their injuries and damages.

The firm, which has filed six Levaquin suits in New Jersey, also said Atlantic County is appropriate because its docket is less crowded than those in Bergen or Middlesex counties, the other venues hearing mass-tort cases.

Levaquin, made by J&J subsidiary Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Inc., was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1996, but in July 2008, the FDA warned that Levaquin, and other drugs in the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics, put users at heightened risk of developing tendonitis and tendon ruptures. The FDA ordered Ortho-McNeil to include on Levaquin’s label a warning about the incidence of those injuries.

The most common injury associated with Levaquin, a ruptured Achilles’ tendon, may require surgery to repair and frequently entails two months of immobility, then surgery and a rehabilitation period of six months or more, says Michael London of Douglas & London.

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FDA Warns of Levaquin Tendon Rupture & Injuries

admin » 13 July 2009 » In FDA, Levaquin » No Comments

FDA Warns of Levaquin Tendon Rupture & Injuries

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