The medicine and drug companies have the liability of delivering safe products to their consumers and also warn them about any potential risks they might pose. Failing to do so might lead to the consumers filling meds lawsuit for putting consumers at the risk of injuries and even death. This is the legal right of every consumer to gain compensation for the harm caused by the drug to their health. Now the question arises who do you file the law suit against. Do you sue the drug manufacturer, the body which approved the drug or the doctor who prescribed the same to you. In most cases it is the manufacturer who faces the axe.
In the recent past many such law suits have been filled against potentially dangerous drugs and one such antibiotic is called Levofloxacin. This antibiotic was primarily used to treat bacterial infections of the kidney, skin, bladder and prostate. Apart from this it was also used in the treatment of pneumonia or bronchitis. Keeping the benefits aside the antibiotic sold under the brand name Levaquin had the capability to cause serious side effects even death. This lead to many following the legal route as the manufacturer failed to warn the public about its side effects. One of the most common side effects that was reported was that people suffered from ruptured tendons which caused them immense pain. There were many who were barely able to walk and had to rely on a cane. This caused a lot of physical as well as mental trauma to many.
Developed by the Pharma giant Johnson and Johnson Levaquin is an antibiotic belonging to the class of fluroquinolones. The drug was approved by FDA in the year 1996 for successfully combating bacterial infections. However after many studies and researches conducted over the next decade it was seen that the drug caused several health complications as well. But the manufacturer maintained the fact that benefits of the drug to weigh the side effects. Therefore many law suits and petitions were filled to make people aware about the issue. In the year 2008 finally the Food and Drug Administration body agreed to add a black box warning hinting at the potential risk of tendinitis. But it did nothing to make the doctors aware of the hazards caused by the antibiotic. After a long legal battle finally in the year 2010 the company settled its first law suit and since then they have compensated more than 800 cases.
Despite its side effects many attorneys and even consumers have advocated the fact that it should not be taken off the market. They are demanding that the Pharma giant should stop marketing it for minor ailments and restrict it to only serious cases. In other words it should only be prescribed in cases where benefits outweigh the side effects.
Levaquin has the tendency to make your skin sensitive to sunlight or ultra violet light. Therefore ensure that while on the antibiotic you avoid a prolonged exposure to the sunlight or ultraviolet light. In case if you experience redness, swelling or blisters inform your doctor.