Cipro is a form of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones and has long been useful in the treatment of numerous types of infections. Recent discoveries have linked Cipro and two other fluoroquinolones to permanent nerve damage, with effects occurring as soon as the first use. To make matters worse, evidence has been presented to suggest that the makers of these medications were aware of this link and purposely downplayed and tried to hide the risk from doctors and their patients. The Chicago Cipro attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are currently representing patients who experienced peripheral neuropathy while taking Cipro or similar medications and are the leading medical liability law firm in Illinois.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is committed to holding pharmaceutical manufacturers responsible for the injuries their medications cause to consumers. If you suffered nerve damage after taking Cipro, we invite you to contact our office for a free case review. Our attorneys will discuss your legal options and the status of lawsuits involving Cipro.
The History of Cipro and Its Usefulness
There is no denying that Cipro has been extremely helpful in the treatment of infections that could not otherwise be treated with penicillin or other antibiotics and it is a commonly prescribed for the treatment of bronchitis, pneumonia, respiratory infections and urinary tract infections. It received approval from the FDA in 1987 in tablet form and then received approval to be used intravenously by 1991. Since then, Cipro and medicines in the same family have generated billions of dollars in profits for the largest pharmaceutical companies as one of the primary forms of medication to treat a myriad of bacterial infections.
Despite its usefulness, it was revealed that the use of Cipro, Levaquin and Avelox do not come without risks. Documents were uncovered that revealed complicity on part of all of the major pharmaceuticals producing these medications in that they were aware as early as 1996 that there was significant risk of peripheral neuropathy involved in the use of each of the aforementioned medications. Peripheral neuropathy is defined as permanent nerve damage, which can result in extreme pain and the loss important motor functions.
The Failure to Warn Makes Pharmaceuticals Liable
One of the primary concerns cited in the lawsuits being brought against the manufacturers of Cipro, Levaquin and Avelox is that the companies were aware of the risks and failed to communicate them. In some instances, the risks were hidden or downplayed so that patients would not think twice about taking the medications. Drug companies are responsible for making all significant risks and side effects known, however, and patients are entitled to compensation for their injuries because the warning labels provided were misleading. Additional allegations include the defrauding of patients by actively concealing information about risks; strict liability for knowingly marketing a harmful product; and negligence resulting from the failure of the manufacturers to perform research and monitor patients to ensure the safety of the medications. Pharmaceutical companies have a long history of evading regulations and placing profits before safety, which is why it is important to hold them responsible for their negligent actions.
Status of Current Cases
Two cases are currently pending in California and attorneys across the country are watching these cases closely because they will likely set the tone for the sea of litigation that is to come in the near future. In the first case, the plaintiff has made the allegations that Bayer knowingly marketed Avelox despite the drug being a danger to the wellbeing of patients and that Bayer did not provide proper warnings to the doctors prescribing the medication or the patients using it. In the second case, the plaintiff is seeking punitive damages from Johnson & Johnson, claiming her peripheral neuropathy was the result of deliberate disregard on behalf of Johnson & Johnson for the rights and safety of consumers.
Arrange a Free Case Review
The Chicago Cipro attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are the leading attorneys in Illinois when it comes to representing the interests of medical liability victims and have maximized the recovery of compensation for thousands of clients. We are currently evaluating cases to be brought against the makers of Cipro, Levaquin and Avelox for injuries resulting from the prescribed use of these medications. If you suffered peripheral neuropathy while taking any of these medications, you may be entitled to compensation.
Contact us today to arrange a risk free consultation with one of our highly acclaimed attorneys to learn more about your legal options and so that we can evaluate the details of your case to determine the most advisable course of action. Our lawyers work strictly on a contingency basis, meaning that we never receive payment for our services unless we are able to secure damages on behalf of our clients. If we cannot collect for you, our services are free.