The antibiotic Floxin (ofloxacin) has been linked to a number of devastating side effects, including nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy), tendon injuries, and more. People who develop these side effects may suffer from debilitating pain, weakness, and permanent disability.
Floxin and Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy is a devastating type of nerve damage that is associated with all antibiotics in the fluoroquinolone class, including Floxin.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) originally warned about nerve damage from Floxin in 2004. In 2013, the FDA published a Safety Communication:
“Symptoms include pain, burning, tingling, numbness, weakness, or a change in sensation to light touch, pain or temperature, or the sense of body position. It can occur at any time during treatment with fluoroquinolones and can last for months to years after the drug is stopped or be permanent.”
Floxin Tendon Injury – Black Box Warning
The FDA has placed its strongest warning — the Black Box — on the label for Floxin to warn about tendon injuries:
“Fluoroquinolones, including Floxin, are associated with an increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture in all ages. This risk is further increased in older patients usually over 60 years of age, in patients taking corticosteroid drugs, and in patients with kidney, heart or lung transplants.”
Floxin and Aortic Aneurysms
Antibiotics in the fluoroquinolone class, including Floxin, may double or even triple the risk of aortic aneurysm. This serious complication occurs when a weak spot develops in the aorta and causes it to “balloon” outward. In severe cases, the wall of the aorta rips open and causes dissection or ruptures and causes severe internal bleeding.
Two studies have found evidence of this life-threatening side effect. One study published in October 2015 found a 2.4-fold increased risk. One month later, another study found a 3-fold increased risk of aortic aneurysm associated with fluoroquinolones.
What is the problem?
The Clark Firm, LLP is nationally recognized as a class action law firm. However, our Defective Drug Litigation Group is not currently pursuing justice for our clients through a Floxin class action. Instead, we are accepting only cases from people with very serious injuries or disabilities, and we are filing individual lawsuits on their behalf.
About Class Actions
Class actions are a popular way to resolve certain types of legal disputes. Examples include employment discrimination based on age, or refunds for purchasing a defective product. It wouldn’t make financial sense for everyone to file a lawsuit alone, so everyone joins together and collectively argues for compensation.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Floxin Class Action
When most people think about large litigation, the first thing that comes to mind is a class action. However, class actions can actually have major disadvantages for individuals with severe injuries from prescription medications. Members of a class action may have to accept higher attorneys’ fees or a “low-ball” settlement. They may never get to have a trial attorney advocate for their case in a courtroom before a judge and jury.
Instead of a class action, our attorneys pursue justice and compensation for each of our clients through individual lawsuits. We specialize in holding pharmaceutical companies accountable for selling defective drugs and failing to warn about known side effects.
If you were injured by Floxin, we may be able to help you recover compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, disability, and more. Our lawyers typically work on contingency-fee, which means we invest our money in your case and we never charge fees unless we win.