Levaquin Side Effects Injure NY Doctor
A New York doctor is among the most recent patients to have filed suit against the manufacturer of antibiotic Levaquin after experiencing complications linked to the medication. The plaintiff, Dr. Marvin Watsky, filed his lawsuit originally on the 24th of September, 2012, in the United States’ District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The lawsuit was later consolidated along with other, similar cases into the ongoing Levaquin multidistrict litigation case that is taking place in Minnesota.
Plaintiff claims Levaquin-related injury
The plaintiff claims that he suffered serious injuries after taking the antibiotic Levaquin. Levaquin is an antibiotic commonly prescribed to treat bacterial lung, skin, sinus, and urinary tract infections in adults, and is a powerful medication that can be extremely effective in treating these conditions. It has, however, been linked to a number of serious side effects, including rotator cuff tears, tendon tears, tendon rupture, and tendonitis. A study was conducted in Italy in 2003 that showed that the most frequently reported serious reactions to antibiotics like Levaquin involved tendon injury or tendon disorders. This study also noted that the highest rate of tendonitis was noted in patients taking Levaquin in particular.
The plaintiff’s Levaquin lawyer in this new lawsuit gives few details, but claims that the plaintiff suffered injury after taking Levaquin. It can be presumed that this injury was tendon-related, as most injuries cited in Levaquin lawsuits are. The plaintiff is claiming that drug maker Ortho-McNeil aggressively marketed Levaquin in a way that hid the dangers associated with the medication from plaintiffs while overstating its effectiveness. He is bringing a number of counts against the defendants, including negligence and negligence per se as well as design defect and failure to warn.
Levaquin lawsuits filed by plaintiffs nationwide
Although the Food and Drug Administration agreed to place a black box warning on Levaquin packaging to warn of possible tendon injury in July of 2008, this warning came too late for potentially thousands of patents who have experienced Levaquin tendon injury. Many of these plaintiffs have filed a Levaquin lawsuit with the help of an experienced lawyer and are, like Dr. Watsky, seeking general, punitive, and exemplary damages from the manufacturer of the antibiotic.
- California investment firm wants Johnson & Johnson to take accountability for Levaquin-related injuries. http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2012/01/
- Johnson & Johnson Settles 845 Levaquin Lawsuits. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-01/johnson-johnson-reaches-settlement-in-845-levaquin-cases.html