Levaquin peripheral neuropathy lawsuits demanded compensation for injuries caused by this drug against the drug makers. The plaintiffs were victims who took Levaquin and now suffer from peripheral neuropathy, a painfully debilitating injury that causes nerve damage.
These started out as lawsuits for tendon injuries. Those were soon replaced by claims that Levaquin causes peripheral neuropathy, aortic aneurysm, and aortic dissection.
Our lawyers are not taking these cases in 2021.
What Is Levaquin Used For?
Levaquin, along with Cipro and the generic drug levofloxacin, are antibiotics primarily used to treat specific bacterial infections of the lung, sinus, skin and urinary tract. Our lawyers have had it prescribed for bronchitis because Levaquin and Cipro are generally thought to be among the best antibiotics for that is available by tablet or injection. No one is worried that these drugs don't work. They do. But they come with real risks that these drug makers refuse to highlight.
In 2018, Janssen Pharmaceuticals decided to stop making Levaquin. It will still be available generically as levofloxacin. Not for nothing, generic drug manufacturers are much harder to sue.
What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral means away from the center of the body. Neuropathy is an impairment of the nerves. Putting the two together, peripheral neuropathy is a nerve injury that involves the hands or feet. This condition can cause pain, tingling, and numbness in the longest nerves in the body.
So peripheral neuropathy is a dysfunction that occurs in the nerves that generally innervate the arms and legs. These peripheral nerves are differentiated from the central nerves that go from the brain and the spinal cord. Outside the spinal cord is the nerve trunks and then, ultimately, the peripheral nerves. These tend to be smaller nerves. But they are still important nerves that wreak havoc on the body when they are compromised.
Who Makes Levaquin?
Brand-name Levaquin is an antibiotic manufactured by Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals (part of Johnson & Johnson). Generic levofloxacin is manufactured by Vistakon Pharmaceuticals. Cipro is manufactured by Bayer/Schering. What do they both J&J and Bayer have in common? They both make a ton of money, and they both are regular players in product liability cases.
What Is The Status of Levaquin Litigation?
Levaquin just got through an MDL for tendon injuries. (2021 Update: we are no longer taking tendon injuries.) Over the course of that litigation, evidence was discovered suggesting that Levaquin's drug maker knew as early as 1996 - and certainly by 2001 -- that this drug could cause peripheral neuropathy and failed to do anything.
There were a lot of claims against J&J involving Levaquin. But, ultimately, this was a warnings case. The warning label for Levaquin from September 2004 through August 2013 downplayed the risk of peripheral neuropathy. It said peripheral neuropathy after Levaquin use was rare and could be reversed by discontinuing the drug. But the real truth may be that these problems are not all that rare and peripheral neuropathy is not reversible even if the patient stops taking the drug.
Today, the label says that cases of "sensory or sensorimotor axonal polyneuropathy affecting small and/or large axons resulting in paresthesias, hypoesthesias, dysesthesias, and weakness have been reported in patients receiving fluoroquinolones, including levofloxacin.
Symptoms may occur soon after initiation of levofloxacin and may be irreversible. Levofloxacin should be discontinued immediately if the patient experiences symptoms of neuropathy including pain, burning, tingling, numbness, and/or weakness or other alterations of sensation including light touch, pain, temperature, position sense, and vibratory sensation."
Do I Have a Levaquin Claim?
Our law firm is not taking new cases, in part because the statue of limitations has passed on many of these claims.