Avelox lawsuits are currently being filed because the drug allegedly causes serious nerve damage, called peripheral neuropathy. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. We are currently working with experienced Avelox lawyers, who do not charge a fee unless you get a settlement or award. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number 24/7 or fill out a contact form.
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What is Avelox?
Avelox (moxifloxacin) is an antibiotic that is part of the fluoroquinolone class of drugs. In 1999, the FDA approved Avelox as a treatment for respiratory tract infections and other serious infections of the skin, digestive system, and heart. It was made and marketed by Bayer AG, a global pharmaceutical giant, whose headquarters are in Germany.
Why Are There Avelox Lawsuits?
Lawsuits are being filed against the maker of Avelox because the drug allegedly causes peripheral neuropathy. Since at least 2013, the FDA has known about the link between fluoroquinolones and peripheral neuropathy. Avelox lawsuits, however, allege that Bayer knew or should have known about the link far earlier than that. The lawsuits allege that because Bayer failed to warn about the dangerous side effect and introduced the dangerous product to the market, they should be held accountable and be forced to pay for injuries suffered due to Avelox.
In 2004, a label was added to fluoroquinolones which acknowledged their link to peripheral neuropathy. However, the label claimed that the link, although serious, was rare. Medical studies since then have determined that the link is not as rare as the label change originally claimed. In fact, a 2014 study declared that the link was about 2 times higher than the drug companies warned of.
What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy is damage of nerves in the body. There are three different kinds of peripheral neuropathy: mononeuropathy, polyneuropathy, and autonomic neuropathy.
According to the Mayo clinic, symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include:
- Numbness or tingling in hands and feet
- Sharp or burning pain
- Sensitivity to touch
- Clumsiness or lack of coordination and falling
- Muscle weakness
- Sensitivity to heat
- Bowel, bladder or digestive problems
- Blood pressure changes
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
If left untreated, symptoms from peripheral neuropathy can be serious and life-threatening. Without treatment, these symptoms could result in apnea, trouble breathing, nausea, vomiting, irregular heartbeats, or heart attacks. If you have experienced any of these symptoms after taking Avelox, you should consider speaking with an experienced Avelox lawyer right away.
Are There Medical Studies Linking Avelox to Peripheral Neuropathy?
- A 2001 study of 45 patients, published by the Annals of Pharmacotherapy, acknowledged that peripheral neuropathy caused by fluoroquinolones was much more serious than previously believed.
- A 2013 study published by the Annals of Epidemiology suggests that doctors should consider prescribing other kinds of antibiotics due to the potential risks of Avelox and other drugs like it.
- A 2014 study published by the journal Neurology stated that patients taking fluoroquinolones were at a significantly higher risk of developing peripheral neuropathy.
Timeline of Avelox Events:
- In 1999 – The FDA approved Avelox for treatment of infections.
- December, 2001 – One of the earliest studies linking Avelox to peripheral neuropathy is released.
- August, 2013 – The FDA issues a warning for all fluoroquinolone drugs, including Avelox, stating that nerve damage may occur soon after they are taken, and that the nerve damage may be permanent.
- August, 2014 – The first Avelox lawsuit was filed against Bayer, alleging that Avelox is defective and that Bayer intentionally failed to warn her of its serious side effects.
Why Contact Us?
If you or a loved one have suffered peripheral neuropathy after taking Avelox, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. We are working with experienced Avelox lawyers, who do not charge a legal fee unless you receive an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, contact us toll free 24/7 by phone or fill out a contact form.