Factive belongs to a class of antibiotics that have recently been linked to an increased risk of nerve damage, peripheral neuropathy, aortic aneurysms, tendon ruptures, and other severe side effects.
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Factive (gemifloxacin) is a broad-spectrum antibiotic medication that is used to treat bacterial infections, such as pneumonia. It belongs to the fluoroquinolone class.
Factive and Aortic Aneurysms
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics can damage collagen in connective tissue, which is why they carry “Black Box” warnings about tendonitis and tendon ruptures. Recent studies have also raised concern about retinal detachments and aortic aneurysms.
An aneurysm is a balloon-like bulge in a blood vessel. The aorta is the biggest blood vessel in the body and its walls are made of collagen. When a weak spot develops, the aorta can rip open and cause dissection (blood pooling within the wall of the aorta). If the aorta ruptures, internal bleeding can rapidly cause shock, organ failure, and death.
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Factive have been linked to a 2- to 3-fold increased risk of aortic aneurysms in two recent studies. One study was based on data from 150,000 people in Taiwan who took quinolones, including 1,500 who had an aneurysm. Another study was based on data from 650,000 adults who took quinolones, including 18,500 (1.1%) who had an aortic aneurysm.
Factive and Nerve Damage
Factive and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics have been linked to peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage in the arms and legs) for many years. A study published in 2001 found that cases tended to be severe, with 84% occurring within one week and over half lasting more than one year.
In 2013, the FDA published stronger warnings about the rapid onset of peripheral neuropathy and the potential risk of permanent side effects. According to the Drug Safety Communication:
“[Nerve damage from Factive] may cause symptoms in the arms or legs such as pain, burning, tingling, numbness, weakness, or a change in sensation to light touch, pain or temperature. These symptoms can occur early in treatment and may be permanent.”
Factive and Tendon Damage
In 2008, the FDA added a Black Box Warning to the label on Factive with stronger warnings about the risk of tendon injuries, such as tendinitis (tendon inflammation) and tendon rupture (ripped tendon).
What is the problem?
The Clark Firm, LLP is nationally recognized as a class action law firm. However, our attorneys are not seeking justice for our clients through a Factive class action lawsuit. Instead, we are focusing on individual lawsuits for people who were injured by nerve damage or an aortic aneurysm.
About Class Actions
Class actions improve efficiency and reduce costs when a large number of people need to file the same type of lawsuit (for example, wage-discrimination or defective product litigation). Members of the class action join together, choose a “class representative,” and collectively argue for compensation.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Class Action
For individuals with severe injuries from defective drugs, class action lawsuit can have disadvantages. Members may have to accept a blanket “low-ball” settlement with higher attorneys’ fees, and they may never get the chance to see their case presented in a court of law.
Factive has been linked to extremely painful and debilitating side effects that can make it difficult to work or lead a normal life. Fortunately, you have a right to seek justice.
Our attorneys file individual lawsuits because we believe every person who was severely injured by Factive deserves an attorney who is committed to their case. If you decide to file a lawsuit, we may be able to help you achieve financial recovery for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, permanent injuries, lost income, and more.
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