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New Jersey Levaquin Trial Winding Down

Filed October 13th, 2011 Julie

Closing arguments were delivered today in the case of two men who claim the antibiotic Levaquin caused them serious tendon damage. A partner with Parker Waichman LLP, argued in defense of Paul Gaffney and Robert Beare, who claim a Johnson & Johnson unit never warned the public that Levaquin posed a greater risk of tendon damage than competing drugs.

Gaffney and Beare say Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceutical omitted the important safety information from its safety labels in an effort to protect sales. Parker Waichman LLP told a state court jury in Atlantic City, NJ, that the drug maker should be “held accountable for not fully disclosing” the information to patients. Johnson & Johnson is currently facing 2,600 Levaquin-related lawsuits.

Both men were prescribed Levaquin to treat bronchitis brought on by sinus infections. They ended up with injuries to their
Achilles tendons which made them temporarily unable to walk, and forced them to have reparative surgery.
The attorney for Johnson & Johnson argued the men both had underlying health issues, including tendon issues, and that their own doctors refused to blame Levaquin for the problem. Parker Waichman LLP acknowledged the men had tendon problems prior to taking the drug, but explained that Levaquin exacerbated the problem and led to the tendon ruptures.

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