Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics, such as Levaquin and Cipro, widely prescribed to treat a variety of infections. These drugs are prescribed millions of times each year and have been linked to peripheral neuropathy, a potentially irreversible form of nerve damage that can be severely painful and disabling. Studies have shown that patients who take these antibiotics are at twice the risk of developing peripheral neuropathy. Although peripheral neuropathy has been listed as a side effect in the label since 2004, a 2013 FDA review revealed that the existing warnings were inadequate.
The FDA’s newest alert requires that all drugs labels be updated to better emphasize the risk for peripheral neuropathy. This is not the first serious warning for these drugs. In 2008, the FDA required a black box warning to be added alerting patients of the risk of tendon damage and rupture. If you would like more information, please contact Melissa Prickett, a lawyer in our firm’s Mass Torts Section, at 800-898-2034 or by email at Melissa.Prickett@beasleyallen.com.
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