Levaquin Tendon Problems Result in More Lawsuits

Harvey Kirk

By Harvey Kirk
Posted December 16, 2009


Lawsuits continue to be filed throughout the United States against Johnson & Johnson and Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals over problems with Levaquin tendon ruptures. According to court documents, there are currently over 240 Levaquin injury lawsuits pending in federal court and just under 100 pending in state courts, with hundreds more expected to be filed in the coming months.

>>INFORMATION: Levaquin Tendon Rupture Lawsuits

Levaquin (levofloxacin) is an antibiotic belonging to a group of drugs known as fluoroquinolones. It is manufactured by Ortho-McNeil, which is a subsidiary of Johnson & Jonson. It is approved for treatment of bactierial infections of the urinary tract upper respiratory tract and prostatis, generating annual sales of over $2.3 billion.

The Levaquin suits involve similar claims from former users who allege that the antibiotic caused them to suffer tendon ruptures and other tendon problems. The FDA required a “black box” warning about Levaquin tendon problems in July 2008, warning users that they should contact their doctor immediately upon noticing any signs of tendon problems so that the medication can be stopped to reduce the risk of a tendon tear or tendon rupture.

Based on information available to the drug makers, this warning should have been added years earlier, which would have prevented thousands of people from suffering severe and debilitating injuries, including Achilles tendon ruptures and ruptures of other tendings in the shoulder, hands and other parts of the body.

The consumer advocacy group, Public Citizen, originally filed a petition with the FDA in 2006 demanding that they require the makers of Levaquin and other fluoroquinolones add more detailed information about the risk of tendon ruptures from Levaquin.


The Levaquin lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are investigating and reviewing potential claims for individuals throughout the United States who have experienced tendon problems after Levaquin use, including tendon ruptures, tendon tears and tendonitis resulting in surgery.

Levaquin cases are being evaluated for individuals throughout the United States. To review a potential claim on behalf of yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation with our Levaquin tendon injury lawyers.

1 Comment • Add Your Comments

  • osvaldo, jr says:

    Had thyroid cancer and two thoracic surgeries where lungs were collapsed. Was prescribed levaquin with prednesone to treat lungs. It saved my life but soon after I experienced Achilles tendon damage in both legs. It has been a year and a half and still am in pain and have troubles walking. I see there was a class action in 2012. Can this still be litigated? Thank you

    Posted on May 20, 2016 at 9:50 am

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