Peripheral neuropathy lawsuits involving the fluoroquinolone antibiotics Levaquin, Avelox and Cipro are proceeding in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, with plaintiffs’ attorneys meeting with defense counsel regarding a bellwether trial proposal for 14 cases currently pending in Pennsylvania’s Court of Common Pleas.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one got peripheral neuropathy after taking Levaquin or other fluoroquinolone antibiotic, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
March 22, 2017 – According to an update from a Status Conference held last month, there are at least 738 product liability lawsuits pending in MDL No. 2642, with the vast majority of these complaints involving Levaquin. Both sides have selected a total of 10 cases for bellwether trials, 8 involving Avelox and 2 involving Cipro. The next Status Conference will be held next Thursday at 2:00 p.m.
In August 2013, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning which stated that patients treated with fluoroquinolone antibiotics had developed a severe, potentially permanent form of nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. According to the FDA:
“In some patients the symptoms had been ongoing for more than a year despite discontinuation of the fluoroquinolone. Several patients were continued on the fluoroquinolone drug despite the occurrence of neuropathic symptoms.”
In July 2016, FDA updated the boxed warnings on fluoroquinolone antibiotics to include information about “disabling and potentially permanent side effects of the tendons, muscles, joints, nerves, and central nervous system” associated with the drugs. The agency cautions that fluoroquinolones should only be used by patients with no other treatment options for acute bacterial sinusitis, acute exacerbation of chronic bronchitis, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTIs) because their potential health risks generally outweigh any benefit.
Do I Have a Levaquin Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Levaquin lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new peripheral neuropathy cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you got peripheral neuropathy after taking Levaquin or other fluoroquinolone antibiotic, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.