Monday, March 7, 2016

Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Lawsuit Accuses Drug Maker of Hiding Side Effects

A new lawsuit claims Johnson & Johnson and the former FDA Commissioner conspired to conceal information about the harmful effects of the antibiotic, Levaquin. The drug has been linked to several life-altering injuries and, in some cases, death. The lawsuit alleges the defendants deliberately mislabeled the drug in order to boost profits. The plaintiffs are seeking more than $120 million in compensatory damages and more than $750 million in punitive damages. Levaquin is part of a class of antibiotic drugs called fluoroquinolones. The drugs are used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections, including urinary tract, sinus and respiratory infections. Similar drugs include Cipro and Avelox. All have been linked to serious and debilitating side effects such as: Tendonitis Tendon ruptures Damage to the central nervous system Peripheral neuropathy Mitochondrial toxicity Cardiovascular problems, including aortic dissection and aortic aneurysm Chronic skin conditions The lawsuit alleges

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