Petition Focuses on Antibiotic Side Effect Warnings

by Staff Blogger | September 22nd, 2015

Antibiotics play a crucial role in the treatment of many serious infections, but many can have serious side effects. The Levaquin® injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough think it’s important for you to know the risks associated with this drug in particular.

For years, federal regulators were aware of risks associated with using Levaquin. But because of the drug’s capability of warding off dangerous and serious infections, it remains on the market.

To reduce the number of patients who suffer side effects, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration updated the warning labels several times over the years. In 2004, warning labels advising patients of the risk of temporary peripheral nervous system damage were added to the drug’s packaging, Then, in 2013, a warning of permanent peripheral nervous system damage was added.

Now, some patients who have experienced Levaquin side effects are calling for another warning label to be added to drug packaging. ABC 2 News reports a petition is calling for a black box warning to be added to Levaquin that informs patients about the risks of developing a condition known as mitochondrial toxicity.

If you are taking Levaquin or another medication to ward off infection, it’s crucial that you’re aware of antibiotic side effects, as well as your rights as a patient. You can learn more about these topics by visiting our website.