Johnson & Johnson Argues Levaquin Warning Labels Were Adequate
Johnson & Johnson is arguing that it should not be held responsible for injuries sustained by an elderly man who took the antibiotic Levaquin, claiming the product’s labeling was sufficient to warn patients of the drug’s potential risks.
According to Bloomberg, 78-year-old Clifford Straka filed suit against Johnson & Johnson and Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals in 2008 in connection with Achilles tendon injuries he sustained after taking Levaquin to treat pneumonia. Straka claimed that his physician was unaware of the drug’s potential health risks when she prescribed it to him for treatment.
Mr. Straka’s lawsuit is reportedly the third federal case to go to trial in Minnesota alleging that Johnson & Johnson knew of the increased risk of tendon damage among elderly patients taking Levaquin. The company was ordered to pay a $1.8 million verdict in the first case but won the second.
According to the Bloomberg report, a Johnson & Johnson spokesperson said the company is facing approximately 3,700 Levaquin side effects lawsuits in state and federal courts across the country. The cases involve numerous patients who say the drug caused them to experience a tendon rupture and that the company was aware of the risk.
In 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration required all makers of antibiotics in Levaquin’s class, called fluoroquinolones, to update their warning labels to include information about the possibility of tendon ruptures among elderly patients. Attorneys for Mr. Straka argue that Johnson & Johnson should have taken additional steps to thoroughly study the incidence of tendon injuries caused by Levaquin.
Jury deliberations in the case were scheduled to begin Tuesday afternoon. Should the jury find in Mr. Straka’s favor, a substantial verdict could be another serious blow to the company, which recently reported a drop in net earnings believed to be linked to settlement and recall costs associated with the 2010 DePuy metal hip recall.
Patients who suffered a tendon injury or other complications after taking Levaquin need to be aware of their legal rights. The experienced product liability attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP are currently investigating Levaquin side effects claims in all 50 states and we are eager to hear from you.
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