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J&J And Levaquin Win Lawsuit Over Side Effects

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Johnson & Johnson won a Minneapolis lawsuit in which Calvin Christensen, 84, accused the pharmaceutical giant of downplaying the association of Levaquin and an increased risk of tendon rupture, especially for those over 60, and those who are on steroids or have had certain organ transplants.

According to the lawsuit, Christensen took Levaquin in 2006, while he was hospitalized for pneumonia, and that Johnson & Johnson deliberately mislead his doctor about the increased risk of tendon rupture for those on steroids and Levaquin. In 2008, the FDA required Johnson & Johnson and other manufacturers of fluoroquinolone drugs, like Levaquin, to issue a black box warning about the increased risks of tendon ruptures.

The jury decided that Johnson & Johnson properly warned of the risk of tendon rupture and was not responsible for Christensen’s ruptured Achilles tendon.

More than 2,500 other lawsuits have been filed accusing the drug makers of failing to disclose the increased risks of side effects of the drug. Christensen’s case was the second heard so far. The Jury in the first lawsuit awarded the plaintiff $1.8 million after he ruptured both Achilles tendons.
 disclaimer: This article: J&J And Levaquin Win Lawsuit Over Side Effects was posted on Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 at 6:49 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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