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Jury Awards $1.8 Million to Levaquin Patient

December 8, 2010—A Minneapolis jury awarded $1.8 million in damages to a Levaquin patient who ruptured both Achilles tendons after taking the antibiotic. John Schedin alleged that Johnson & Johnson and Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals failed to properly warn of the risks of tendon damage linked to Levaquin.

More than 2,600 claims have been filed against the manufacturer of Levaquin for injuries resulting from use of the antibiotic. Schedin's case was the first to reach a jury. The jury awarded $700,000 in compensatory damages and $1.1 million in punitive damages, after concluding that the companies acted with deliberate disregard for the safety of others.


FDA Requires Black Box Warning on Levaquin

July 8, 2008—The FDA announced it would require the manufacturer of Levaquin to include a black box warning to alert patients to the risk of tendon ruptures. A black box warning is the strongest warning available to the FDA to inform patients of a drug's risks.

Levaquin is an antibiotic belonging to a class of drugs known as fluoroquinolones. The recall was prompted by data indicating that Levaquin and other fluoroquinolones increase the risk of tendon rupture by three to four times.

Between November 1997 and December 2007, the FDA received more than 400 reports of tendon rupture following use of fluoroquinolones, including Levaquin. The actual number of people who suffered tendon rupture likely is substantially higher, as only a small fraction of adverse events are reported to the FDA.

Public Citizen, a consumer group, first requested that the FDA require a black box warning in August 2006. The group filed a lawsuit against the FDA in 2008 asking that the Court require the FDA to place a black box warning on Levaquin.

Levaquin is manufactured and marketed by Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a division of Johnson & Johnson.


What You Should Do

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Your Health

If you are presently taking Levaquin, contact your physician to discuss the availability of alternative treatments.

Your Legal Rights

If you or a loved one has suffered a ruptured tendon after use of Levaquin, you may be entitled to compensation. You should act immediately to contact an attorney experienced in matters involving dangerous pharmaceuticals.

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O'Steen & Harrison, PLC presently is investigating legal claims against Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Levaquin. We invite you to contact us for a free, confidential consultation about your legal rights.

We represent patients throughout the United States. We can help you, too, wherever you live.

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FDA Orders 'Black Box' Label on Some Antibiotics • CNN • July 8, 2008

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