New Lawsuit Filed Over Antibiotic Avelox

A new lawsuit has been filed in Nevada by Geraldine Blackmon against Bayer Healthcare and Merck & Co., claiming she developed peripheral neuropathy, a condition involving nerve damage, as a result of taking the popularly-prescribed fluoroquinolone (FLQ) antibiotic Avelox. After taking the drug for 15 days, she developed irreversible nerve damage, and experienced severe pain and suffering.  Along with many other suits filed against makers of FLQ drugs (such as Cipro and Levaquin) alleging similar side-effects, Blackmon claims the drugmakers did not adequately disclose the damage Avelox can cause to nerves. Drugmakers’ failure to warn potential consumers and physicians of the potentially-permanent nerve damage risks associated with Avelox, Cipro and Levaquin has precipitated a number of lawsuits throughout the U.S.—read about some of them here and here.

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