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Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is taking the controversial antibiotic, Levaquin, according to medical information released by her team this week. https://m.hrc.onl/secretary/10-documents/05-physician-letter/HRC_physician_letter.pdf Clinton, who was diagnosed with pneumonia, is on a 10 day supply of Levaquin. Levaquin is the brand name for levofloxacin, which is part of a class of drugs called fluoroquinolones, intended to treat major infections like pneumonia, anthrax exposure, plague and urinary tract infections. Call 6 Investigates has been looking into potential safety issues with the drug, including devastating side effects like tendon rupture, nerve damage and psychiatric problems. In July, the Food and Drug Administration officially approved safety labeling changes for fluoroquinolones including an updated “boxed warning,” also known as a black box warning, which is the FDA’s most serious type of warning mandated by the agency. The warnings advise patients that the serious side effects generally outweigh the benefits for patients with sinus infections, chronic bronchitis, and urinary tract infections, and fluoroquinolones should be used as a last resort. An FDA safety review found the drugs can cause serious, disabling, and potentially permanent side effects involving the tendons, muscles, joints, nerves and central nervous system. Call 6 Investigates reached out to the Clinton campaign, but they have not yet responded, so it’s unclear if Clinton was aware of the new FDA “black box” warnings when she started taking Levaquin. Dr. Charles Bennett, a vocal critic of Levaquin who has not treated Clinton, said her doctors should examine the presidential candidate for possible side effects including muscle weakness. Clinton recently raised concerns when she appeared to struggled to walk while leaving a 9/11 ceremony. “It could be a serious drug reaction,” said Bennett. “The best thing to do is stop the drug, I would suggest, if it’s a potential serious adverse drug reaction. You can use many other antibiotics for pneumonia. I would defer to her physicians there.” Bennett said he is surprised Hillary Clinton was prescribed Levaquin, given the recent label changes and serious side effect concerns. “Our data estimates the FDA receives several thousand reports per year of this toxicity, and several thousand deaths,” said Bennett. “This is equivalent to a 747 plane going down once a month.”
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A boxed warning, sometimes referred to as a "black box" warning, is the strongest warning the U.S. Federal Drug Administration will issue for a medication. When the FDA issues this warning, the manufacturer is required to print the warning with a thick black border, or "box," around it,to prominently warn users of potentially serious side effects. It's important to note that black box medications are not recalled products. Manufacturers are still allowed to sell the medication on the market, but the medication may be linked to serious or even fatal side effects. If you suffered serious complications as a result of taking a medication, whether it has a black box warning or not, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. Call the defective products team at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin for a free case evaluation at 1-866-844-4262.
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http://homefirst.com/ A certain class of antibiotics have been issued a new black box warning because they cause serious nerve damage. Black box warnings are the most serious and often deadly side effects of drugs that are literally outlined in a black box on the package insert. Fluoroquinolones, such as Cipro, Levaquin, and Floxin were prescribed to over 23 million people in 2011 alone. They are commonly prescribed for respiratory and urinary tract infection. These are relatively simple conditions that have many natural and safe treatment alternatives. However, antibiotics are one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in America. Those hoping to find health from a pill are in for a very serious and very dangerous surprise. These drugs cause peripheral neuropathy within a few days of starting the medication. The nerve damage may last for months or it may be permanent even when the drug is stopped. They do not cause this nerve damage in every person who takes them; however, you are playing Russian Roulette every time you take most prescription drugs. You may be the one who is permanently affected. Is it worth the risk simply for a possibly quicker recovery from an infection?
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The I-Team has reported on the dangerous reactions linked to Levaquin, Cipro and their generic counterparts since 2015, and now the FDA is ordering a black box warning for the strongest of these drugs.
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Bacteria are becoming more and more resistant to antibiotics. So what do the drug companies do? Make a new type of antibiotics of course! There is a new antibiotics out that has a black box warning... so I thought I would warn you! Please leave a comment below this video and we will be sure to respond! If you find this information helpful, please "Share" it with your friends and family by clicking the "Share" button below this video. Also, if you could give this video a "Thumbs Up" we would really appreciate it! *CONSULTATIONS AVAILABLE OVER THE PHONE OR SKYPE - SEE BELOW* Want a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Gerhauser? Click here for more information: http://www.naturalfoodsdiet.org/phone-consultations/ Get Dr. Gerhauser's Free E-Book "7 Steps To Natural Health": http://www.naturalfoodsdiet.org/
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In 2010, I was prescribed the antibiotic Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) for a UTI. Upon the first dose, I experienced negative side effects and eventually discontinued taking the medicine. What I didn't know at the time was that this drug has a Black Box Warning. Even after stopping Cipro, I experienced horrific side effects. For wellness tips and encouragement, visit http://www.danaarcuri.com/. Cipro Resources: FDA AMPS UP BLACK BOX WARNING: http://www.fiercepharma.com/pharma/fda-amps-up-black-box-warnings-antibiotic-class-includes-j-j-s-levaquin-bayer-s-cipro PERMANENT NERVE DAMAGE: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/09/25/fluoroquinolone-antibiotics.aspx CIPRO BLACK BOX WARNING: https://online.epocrates.com/drugs/50211/Cipro/Black-Box-Warnings SURVIVING CIPRO: http://www.survivingcipro.com/ MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: The information on my YouTube videos are not intended to be a substitute for the medical advice of physicians. It shall not take the place of a medical evaluation, diagnosis, and/or treatment. The information on my YouTube channel is my personal experience and the facts I gathered during extensive research. Furthermore, individuals are recommended to seek professional medical care in the event they are suffering mental health and/or medical conditions. Most importantly, consider building awareness and becoming your own health advocate.
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Mitra Habibi, PharmD, UIC Chicago College of Pharmacy, explains medication warnings associated with antibiotics that apply to MG patients.
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In the wake of last week's FDA warning about the danger of using fluoroquinolone antibiotics for uncomplicated infections, many physicians are examining their antibiotic choices. In this video three infectious disease specialists explore why the FDA acted, the impact of the warning, and alternatives to these agents. The participants are: Yi Guo, PharmD, clinical pharmacy manager, infectious diseases, Montefiore Medical Center, New York City Adam L. Hersh, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City Victor Nizet, MD, chief, division of host-microbe systems and therapeutics, University of California San Diego Medpage Today: http://medpagetoday.com Online CME - Continuing medical education: http://www.medpagetoday.com/cme/ Latest medical news: http://www.medpagetoday.com/latest/ The MedPage Today app: iOS: https://goo.gl/JKrkHq Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.medpagetoday.medpage MedPage Today Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/MedPageToday Medpage Today on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MedPageToday
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Many patients say a powerful class of antibiotics known as Fluoroquinolones are actually making them more sick. Liz Cook reports on the calls for new warnings on drugs like Cipro and Levaquin. (5/6/15)
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Most people don't realise that antidepressants come with BLACK BOX WARNING -- A black box warning is the strictest warning put in the labelling of prescription drugs or drug products by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when there is reasonable evidence of an association of a serious hazard with the drug.
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http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/medical_malpractice Attorney Nicholas Warywoda of Parker Waichman discusses black box warnings on prescription drugs. When the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) puts a warning on a prescription drug, it can have several different meanings. The warnings can be anything from misbranding to illegal substances. A black box warning is issued when a prescription drug manufacturer fails to release all the information a consumer needs in regards to the drug they are taken. This information can include side effects and long-term harm. This failure to alert the public properly of the hazard is taken very seriously by the FDA. If you have questions regarding your prescription drug and its risks, you should seek the medical advice of a doctor. If you have questions regarding a legal action against the drug manufacturer, you should seek the advice of a law firm such as Parker Waichman. Watch the video now to learn more. For more information about prescription drug laws and our firm, visit our educational website at http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/medical_malpractice. If you have legal questions, I want you to call me at (800) 800-9797. I welcome your call. Parker | Waichman LLP Nicholas Warywoda 6 Harbor Park Drive Port Washington, NY 11050 (800) 800-9797 http://yourlawyer.com
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Fluoride+Quinolone=Fluoroquinolone Like Cipro Levaquin Avelox Floxicin and countless of generic names too! 3 USA FDA Black Box in 2008, 2013, 2016 and many added labels updates. In Canada latest label update change was January 23, 2017, which is the same update as the fda in 2008 9 years later by health Canada. Have You Been FLOXED??? You Need To Know...So Google It!!! Visit “Toronto FLOX (Fluoroquinolone) Public Group” for the general public everywhere ... medical professionals welcomed. Visit our Mother Facebook Group “ FLOX Canada” closed group for FQ victims only.
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Jonathan Furman presents on the adverse effects of fluoroquinolones and the shortcomings of FDA oversight. Adverse events include, tendon rupture and psychological dysfunction. The frequency of these events has caused the FDA to issue black box warnings and recommend restricting fluoroquinolones usage -- Health Watch USA Conference. Oct. 4, 2018.
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Drugs so powerful, they're prescribed to treat anthrax exposure. Back in September, ABC2 In Focus told you about a debilitating side effect linked to a certain class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is taking a closer look at these drugs. MORE INFO: http://bit.ly/1KZMCj9 ◂ ABC2 News offers comprehensive local news, Maryland's most accurate weather forecast and sports coverage for Baltimore and all of Maryland. Breaking news and severe weather coverage are delivered with live streaming video. ABC2, WMAR-TV, is Maryland's Source for Online Video, News, and Weather. For more download the ABC2 mobile app: http://abc2news.com/mobile
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HERE IS THE FDA NEWS RELEASE: https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm612995.htm There is help if you have cipro poisoning but you must act quickly. Cipro is a last choice drug.
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April 3, 2015 11:34 PM CBS New York http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/04/03/seen-at-11-is-the-antibiotic-cipro-a-prescription-for-danger/ Cipro is a common antibiotic that is prescribed for treating a number of bacterial infections, but some say it may be a prescription for danger. “I wanted to be a firefighter since I was a kid,” Chris Jones said. For 9 years Jones has been living that dream, but the last 5 months have been a nightmare. “My life flipped upside down,” he told CBS2’s Dick Brennan. Flipped upside down, he said, because of crippling side effects he experienced after taking the popular antibiotic Ciprofloxacin or Cipro as it is more commonly known. “I went on a walk with my dog after taking the medicine, and it felt like a bomb went off in my body,” he said. It’s pain that continued ever since, especially in his legs. “His story is so, to me, typical of many of the stories I’ve read about and looked through the FDA files on,” Dr. Charles Bennett said. Dr. Bennett is a professor of pharmacy who recently filed a petition asking the FDA to put broader warnings on Cipro. the medication is part of a class of antibiotics called quinolones, along with the drugs Levaquin and Avelox. “Doctors are not aware of the full range of toxicities that are associated with the quinolones,” Bennett said. Critics also charge that the drugs, which are so strong they can kill anthrax, are too freely prescribed for illnesses that could be treated with less powerful medications. “They haven’t done a good enough job warning the public about how dangerous this drug is,” Jones said. The FDA said it’s logged just 4,500 reports of serious side effects, an exceedingly small percentage considering 23-million prescriptions are filled each year. Drug makers already list side effects including the possibility for tendon and nerve damage on the labels. “I just don’t know if I’m going to get better or not, and no one can tell me,” Jones said. Jones is living with the pain and other side effects, which even the FDA acknowledged may be permanent in some people. “The hardest thing is not knowing,” Jones said. The FDA told CBS2 it’s continuing to monitor complaints. Bayer, the maker of Cipro, said in a statement that they encourage patients to speak with their healthcare providers regarding any symptoms that they may experience after taking a prescription product.
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KCTC Kansas Posted: Feb 22, 2015 5:33 PM Updated: Mar 11, 2015 2:04 PM http://www.kctv5.com/story/28170151/fda-evaluates-popular-antibiotic-that-patients-say-makes-them-sicker It is an antibiotic powerful enough to kill anthrax or the plague, but it is being prescribed for simple infections like sinusitis and urinary tract infections. One group wants the Food and Drug Administration to reach beyond a black box warning issued in 2008 for Levaquin after an internal FDA report showed possible links between the drug and debilitating diseases like ALS, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. "We're talking about a possible drain on future healthcare costs," Linda Martin, of Arizona, told KCTV5 News in a phone interview. Martin took Levaquin three times for sinus infections. She is now an outspoken critic of the drug, helping file a citizen petition last year calling for better labeling by the FDA. Click here to read the petition. Levaquin is an antibiotic known as a "quinolone" or "fluoroquinolone." Other brand names include Cipro, Avelox and Levofloaxcin. "It's a good antibiotic for infections in many different organ systems in many parts of the body, so it's very widely used over the last 20 years," said chief medical officer Dr. Lee Norman at the University of Kansas Hospital. The FDA issued a black box warning in 2008, a serious red flag meant for doctors to note before prescribing quinolones to their patients. The warning came after the FDA discovered Levaquin to cause tendonitis and tendon tears. But people like Chris Butler of Raymore say their doctor doled out the medicine three to four times a year for sinus infections well after the black box warning surfaced. "It makes me angry. It is hard for me to even express just how angry I am. Because I feel doctors, pharmacists, medical practitioners should know about black box warning on drugs," Butler said. Butler underwent four tendon tear surgeries and started experiencing neurological disorders before he launched his own investigation into Levaquin. It wasn't until 10 years after his first Levaquin prescription, he figured out, he had been taking a drug known to cause such injuries. In 2013, the FDA started warning users of peripheral neuropathy, neurological diseases that can lead to tingling and pain in the limbs. Butler also knows those symptoms well. "Even to this day I will have shooting pains in my hands and my feet. My hands will go numb, my feet will go numb," Butler said. But what hasn't been disclosed is a condition called "mitochondrial toxicity" detailed in the 2013 internal FDA report. It is a condition that can lead to lasting neurodegenerative diseases. "Mitochondria are the little organs inside each cell that are basically power plants that generates the cell," Norman said. Research in non-human mammals showed quinolones can cause the weakening of those cells. Martin and the citizen petition wants these possible serious side effects to be on all warning labels for antibiotics like Levaquin. The FDA told KCTV5 it is not ready to respond to the request. The group has also shared the information with lawmakers on the U.S. Senate Health Committee which includes Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts. He did not return our messages for comment. "I trusted my doctors to do what's best for me. And when I realize when I couldn't trust them to warn me about the drugs, it was my responsibility," Butler said. Butler is not taking legal action against his doctors or the drug company. He says his sole purpose in speaking out is to raise awareness about taking prescription pills like Levaquin. "It's being used for things like sinus infections. For women, UTI's is this drug appropriate for those situations?" Butler asked. Norman doesn't believe quinolones should be taken off the market. He says these kinds of antibiotics save lives but consumers need to ask more questions and do research before popping a pill. "Does every doctor know about every single product and every line of the package insert? No. I can assure you, no," Norman said, "I really think it's important people ask questions."
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WSET-TV Mar 30, 2015 11:03 PM Lynchburg, VA - Popular antibiotics used to treat common infections may be causing permanent damage. Fluoroquinolones have been at the center of more than 2-thousand lawsuits in the past year. They are among the most commonly prescribed antibiotics. Levaquin and Cipro are the big ones, and are used to treat everything from anthrax to a simple sinus or urinary track infection. "The most common side effects are nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, which can happen with any antibiotics" said Stephanie Puckett, Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services at Centra. Yet unlike other antibiotics, Fluoroquinolones come with a special 'black box' warning. That's the FDA's strictest warning, alerting patients of the possible nerve and tendon damage the antibiotic can cause. "I would consider the Fluoroquinolones a very strong or potent class of antibiotics because they do cover a large variety of organisms" said Puckett. But patients around the country say these prescription drugs carry more serious side effects than are listed on the label, including psychological effects. They have banded together on the Facebook page "The Fluoroquinolone Wall of Pain", to push the FDA for stronger warnings. Group member Wayne Smith says he only took Levaquin for 3 days and suffered from "depression from hell, crying all day and night for no reason at all… Panic attacks, 24/7 anxiety that would not stop." Similarly Lana Kennedy says she was "in a state of extreme confusion & began experiencing severe panic attacks" after taking Cipro. Patients filed a citizen's petition asking the FDA to expand its warning on Fluoroquinolones. The new warning would include other reported side effects like damage to mitochondria in cells and psychological effects. The FDA says "they are considering the matters raised by the petition and giving it [their} careful attention."
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NBC Charlotte 6:09 a.m. EST February 25, 2015 http://www.wcnc.com/story/news/health/2015/02/24/devastating-side-effects-prompt-local-push-to-ban-antibiotic/23977183/ It is a commonly prescribed antibiotic-- doctors offer it for everything from urinary tract infections to sinus infections. But a local mom is pushing to get Levaquin off the shelves after she suffered devastating side effects. And a drug watchdog group is pushing the FDA for tougher warning labels. Shannon Myers is trying to slyly wrap his Valentine's day gift for wife Adrienne. The two are very much in love and very much a team– no matter what. "Every day you push through it, you push through it because you have to," Adrienne says. Adrienne endures grueling physical therapy several times a week; the 36-year-old mother of two struggles to walk. "It's very painful for me, just because my Achilles hurts really bad, so in order for me to not lose strength in my legs, I have to do this. I just have to bear the pain." It started last summer. Adrienne was diagnosed with a sinus infection; doctors prescribed Levaquin, the brand name for a drug called Levofloaxacin. A few days into the prescription she says, "I started having issues with my legs-- my legs hurt, they burn, felt like I walked up hill all day, my feet hurt, I had problems with my eyes, my vision started becoming kind of blurred." It took three months and four doctors to come up with a diagnosis. Dr. Ki Jung, Adrienne's neurologist, says the Levaquin caused tendinopathy and peripheral neuropathy. He says he helped rule other things out and worked on a timeline to figure out what happened. Jung says, "I told Adrienne, let's put a timeline to this and see where we are and then see if we can tease out any correlations; that's really where we were able to get to the notion that this was a Levaquin problem." "So basically the drug attacked her nerves and tendons?" "Correct, in terms of a side effect profile." Adrienne was shocked. "He said unfortunately you have nerve damage from taking Levaquin." Dr. Charles Bennett chairs a drug watchdog agency at the University of South Carolina. He was not at all surprised to hear Adrienne's story. "I'm not surprised. I've been working on this for years. This woman is a story that's replicated in city after city, case after case." He recently petitioned the FDA for new, what's called black box warnings for Levaquin, those are bold warnings meant to grab your attention. The FDA already required black box warnings in 2008, warning of possible tendon rupture and muscle weakness. And in 2013 the FDA required a label change warning of nerve damage. Bennett says the FDA's own stats show 1200 people have died and nearly 100,000 have suffered side effects from Levaquin or Levofloaxcin. "Thankfully it's not life threatening for me. I'm very fortunate that it has not been a life threatening thing for me, so I think about the positive and hopefully my nerves will regenerate themselves and become healthy again," Adrienne says. Her husband Shannon just wishes he could take away her pain. "It makes you wish, just like anybody you love, you could go back and do something about it. Like wish you had more time, researched more, maybe take it off her shoulders a little bit and put it on yours." NBC Charlotte reached out to Levaquin for a statement. They responded Tuesday evening: "LEVAQUIN® (levofloxacin) Tablets is part of an important class of anti-infective prescription medications that have been used for more than 20 years to treat infections, including those that may be serious or life threatening. When used according to the product labeling, LEVAQUIN® has been proven to have a favorable benefit-risk profile." The best advice: ask your doctor and your pharmacist to go over the possible side effects of this drug-- or any other for that matter, and if you have concerns, ask for an alternative.
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11:38 PM, Mar 26, 2015 WFTS TAMPA BAY A urinary tract infection sent Largo resident Nancy Garlow to a doctor last fall. He prescribed one of the popular antibiotics in a group known as fluoroquinolones. The pain hit on day five. Garlow claims she read the drug insert but only after severe side effects took over and she could barely walk. She said no one mentioned these pills carry a black box warning – the FDA's strongest – regarding "serious nerve damage" and debilitating pain. Seven months later, Galow says she remains too sick to return to work. In Sarasota, Dr. Susan Tannenbaum said she's spent the last 12 months putting her life back together. A bout of bronchitis led to a prescription for another popular fluoroquinolone, levofloxacin, whose brand name is Levaquin. By day seven she was unable to get out of bed. Dr. Tannenbaum describes being in the kind of pain that left her barely able to move and it lasted for months. Dr. Charles Bennett who heads up South Carolina's drug watchdog agency says he’s concerned about the number of people who’ve suffered devastating side effects. FDA documents show they've received 1,200 reported deaths related to Levaquin and its generic levofloxacin between 1997 and 2012. Dr. Bennett said only 1 percent of adverse effects are reported to the FDA. Last summer Dr. Bennett filed a petition with the FDA for stronger warnings about more of Levaquin's side effects, including those on the brain. The FDA upgraded its nerve damage warning in 2013 on all fluoroquinolones. Dr. Tennenbaum said she is proof it is not enough. We asked the FDA about the petition. They responded via email: "The FDA takes concerns raised about safety of approved drugs very seriously and we are considering the matters raised by the petition and giving it our careful attention." Johnson & Johnson, the makers of Levaquin, told us it monitors the safety of all of their medicines and incorporates new data into their labels so doctors and patients can make informed decisions. Here is the company’s statement in full. Statement from Janssen: At Janssen, our first priority is the well-being of the people who use our medicines. We are aware of the Citizen Petition and we are evaluating it. LEVAQUIN® (levofloxacin) is part of the important fluoroquinolone class of anti-infective prescription medications that have been used for more than 20 years to treat infections, including those that may be serious or life threatening. All medicines, including LEVAQUIN®, have both benefits and risks. We continually collect and monitor information on the safety and effectiveness of all our medicines, and, in cooperation with the US FDA and other health authorities, we incorporate new data into our product labels so doctors and patients can make informed decisions. Ever since it was first approved by the FDA in 1996, the LEVAQUIN® label has provided information to physicians on the risks and benefits associated with the medication, including warnings and precautions.
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Fluoroquinolones Expert Panel: Dr Jess Armine and Erin Wilson http://www.AmeerRosic.com Listen in and learn about these dangerous drugs and find out what is being done to help those injured by them. Our expert panel this week will consist of advocates Erin Wilson and Mark Giriard as well as Dr. Jess Armine. The subject will be the damage that is created by antibiotics called Fluoroquinolones. Many people fall victim to the effects of these dangerous medications and may not realize it. Fluoroquinones can cause chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, brain fog, mood disorders, nerve pain as well as ligament and tendon ruptures and chronic connective tissue inflammation. In 2008, the FDA required seven fluoroquinolone antibiotics to add a black-box warning because they pose a risk of tendinitis and increase the risk of a tendon rupture by three to four timesListen in and learn about these dangerous drugs and find out what is being done to help those injured by them. Our expert panel this week will consist of advocates Erin Wilson and Mark Giriard as well as Dr. Jess Armine. The subject will be the damage that is created by antibiotics called fluoroquinones. Many people fall victim to the effects of these dangerous medications and may not realize it. Fluoroquinones can cause chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, brain fog, mood disorders, nerve pain as well as ligament and tendon ruptures and chronic connective tissue inflammation. In 2008, the FDA required seven fluoroquinolone antibiotics to add a black-box warning because they pose a risk of tendinitis and increase the risk of a tendon rupture by three to four times SUBSCRIBE FOR OTHER VIDEO TIPS AND NEWS! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=Ameerrosic Optimally yours LET'S CONNECT! Google+ ► https://plus.google.com/103498509405114888419 Facebook ► http://facebook.com/AmeerRosic Twitter ► http://twitter.com/AmeerRosic Linkedin ► http://linkedin.com/AmeerRosic AmeerRosic► http://www.AmeerRosic.com
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ABC 10 News 6:12 AM, Nov 24, 2014 http://www.10news.com/news/investigations/patients-experts-popular-antibiotics-could-cause-permanent-damage-11242014 For Jenny Frank, it started with a small white pill she took nearly four years ago. "I was prescribed Levaquin for a strep infection," she said. "I can't compare myself to the person I was in December in 2010." Levaquin is one of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics on the market. Frank said it left her with persistent, painful and long-term side effects that affected her both physically and mentally. She recalls one moment as the scariest of her life. "About three weeks after I had stopped taking it, I started typing on the computer," Frank said. "When I looked at what I had written it wasn't even words." The science teacher said it was "gibberish." So, Frank deleted what she wrote and tried again. "Same thing… it was just random letters and numbers and things," she said. When asked what she was thinking, Frank said, "I can't even put a sentence together. Oh my god. Am I going to lose my job?" New warnings needed? Levaquin is in a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. It is one of the most potent antibiotics approved by the Food and Drug Administration and is prescribed millions of times a year. Experts said that most Americans will take Levaquin in their lifetime. Team 10's investigative partners at ABC 15 in Phoenix spoke to researchers and patients across the country who believe that Levaquin carries more serious side effects than are listed on the label. They have filed a pair of citizen petitions this year asking the FDA to add new warnings to the label for a long list of psychiatric side effects ranging from depression to hallucinations and also something called "mitochondrial toxicity." In simple terms, researchers say that means it could alter and damage the body's cells. Dr. Charles Bennett helped write the citizen petitions filed with the FDA. Bennett, who says he has successfully petitioned the FDA before, is with the South Carolina College of Pharmacy and the Southern Network on Adverse Reactions (SONAR). He said he has been analyzing the effects of Levaquin and other fluoroquinolones for three years. Bennett said thousands of people have reported psychiatric side effects to the FDA. He also pointed to a 2013 FDA review of six different fluoroquinoles, including Levaquin, that raised the possibility of mitochondrial toxicity. Team 10 has also learned that full studies are underway at UC San Diego and the University of Rochester to look into these side effects. Experts: Overuse leads to added risk Frank is part of the fight to add new warnings to the label. "There's no reason why anyone should have to go through this if there are safer antibiotics that could be used," she said. "This should be a last resort. Not a first line of defense." It is a feeling shared by Dr. Ray Woosley, founder of CredibleMeds and a medication safety expert. He believes Levaquin and other fluoroquinolones are overprescribed. "The FDA put out a call two years ago that says don't overuse these drugs, but they continue to be overused," Woosley said. "It's like the wild west out there." Here is an example: During the anthrax mail attacks in 2001, victims were prescribed the fluoroquinolone Ciprofloxacin. "They are very potent antibiotics," Woosley said. "We can't take them off the market. We have got to have them available for whom they are lifesaving." But Woosley said that is also why these antibiotics should not be prescribed for things like sinus infections or prostatitis, like Tony Woods. Woods was prescribed Ciprofloxacin for a possible prostate infection two years ago. "There was no evidence I had an infection," said Woods, "He just wanted to treat me for what he thought was an infection." Woods took the pills for 19 days. "I started having extreme burning in my limbs, sensitivity to light, my eyes, my hearing, everything just felt rearranged," he said. "I couldn't smell or taste." The father of four was bedridden for months. "It's horrible," Woods said. "You go to bed thinking you are going to die … who's going to provide for my family?" Woods' attorney, John Fiske, said his firm, John Gomez Trial Attorneys, has been getting hundreds of calls a week from people who have taken these drugs. Fiske said the maker of Levaquin, Johnson & Johnson, faces a product liability lawsuit over side effects of the drug that allegedly caused peripheral neuropathy for one woman. The complaint was filed in August in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Fiske expects more to be filed against the makers of these drugs. "These are some of the most widely prescribed drugs in the world," said Fiske.
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FDA hosted meeting Thursday in Silver Spring to discuss the safety and labeling of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. ◂ ABC2 News offers comprehensive local news, Maryland's most accurate weather forecast and sports coverage for Baltimore and all of Maryland. Breaking news and severe weather coverage are delivered with live streaming video. ABC2, WMAR-TV, is Maryland's Source for Online Video, News, and Weather. For more download the ABC2 mobile app: http://abc2news.com/mobile
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requiring drug label changes for commonly prescribed antibiotics, including more prominent and consistent warnings for mental health side effects.
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CBS Iowa Updated: Fri, Apr 03 2015, 10:29 PM EDT Her career is in insurance, but Patti Ireland's passion is photography. For years, Ireland would travel across the country photographing wild birds in their habitat. But a photography trip two years ago, would be her last. A trip to the doctor changed everything. After an asthma problem, her doctor gave her prednisone, a drug that's also known to weaken the immune system. As an extra precaution, she says her doctor then gave her a strong antibiotic called levofloxin, brand name Levaquin. It was a pre-emptive strike on any potential illness, not because she had symptoms. She says, "48 hours after I was given the first pill, I woke up with tremors, which you can hear in my voice and see in my hands. Ringing in my ears that sounds like living in a tent full of cicadas." Ireland wondered if the Levaquin pill was causing it. "I called the doctor and she said, 'Oh, no, it must be the prednisone. Keep taking it.'" She stopped taking the prednisone but took one more Levaquin pill. That was it. "8 days after stopping it," she says "I was in a hotel room in Florida on a photographic trip and I woke up in the middle of the night feeling like there wre hot pokers in my body. I couldn't walk. I had trouble breathing. I was panicking." Now two years later, the tremors are constant. Basic tasks like getting a drink of water are a challenge. There are no more photography hikes into the woods and her physical and cognitive issues forced her to retire early from her career. Dr. Julie Buchkina, MD, did not prescribe the Levaquin, but now treats Ireland's symptoms. She says, "It appears the symptoms she has experienced since then, are permanent." She goes on to say, "Ever since she took the Levaquin, she has struggled with new health conditions that she previously didn't have." There is a black box warning right now on Levaquin, the strictest warning a drug can have. But it warns of tendon issues like tendon ruptures and tendonitis, not the nerve and cognitive damage Patti is living with. The year after Patti took the two pills, in 2013, the FDA recommended warnings on the label and they are now posted to include the potential for nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. The same report also points out the long-term damage to mitochondria cells, problems that could lead to diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinsons and ALS. Dr. Buchina says, "Currently there is no official warning on Levaquin to warn abou the risk of increased damage to mitochondria, but that is something the FDA is looking into." Ireland doesn't blame the doctor who prescribed it. She says it was given to her in good faith. She also cannot sue the drug maker, as it was a generic version of Levaquin. She now just wants changes including regulation of this powerful antibiotic, adding "These drugs need to be regulated. They should only be used as they were designed, which is in life threatening situations where an infection isn't responding to any class of antibiotic." Read More at: http://cbs2iowa.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/Medication-Warning-110580.shtml
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Consumer adviser Clark Howard is speaking out about the mysterious sudden illness that threatened his life. The same disease killed a Gwinnett County man. He and Clark had each taken a powerful antibiotic only days before falling ill. https://youtu.be/ZTWbhjQ-iEI Channel 2 Consumer Investigator Jim Strickland exposed the side effects of the drugs 2 1/2 years ago. https://twitter.com/JStricklandWSB Clark was admitted to Piedmont Hospital three days after taking the generic antibiotic ciprofloxacin. The brand name is Cipro. He took it to ward off an infection after a biopsy to monitor his prostate cancer. RELATED INVESTIGATIONS: Woman says popular antibiotic levofloxacin killed her husband http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/woman-says-popular-antibiotic-levofloxacin-killed-/53779006 FDA requires new labels on popular antibiotic after Channel 2 investigation http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/fda-requires-new-labels-on-popular-antibiotic-after-channel-2-investigation/287282398 Patients suffer devastating side effects from popular antibiotic http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/patients-suffer-devastating-side-effects-popular-a/53805880 There's no proof that what happened next is linked to the pill, but Strickland’s research found that it's happened before. “I felt like death,” Clark said. “It was a struggle to walk five steps.” Clark was admitted to Piedmont and used IVs to flush his system. He said a doctor with 40 years’ experience determined he had rhabdomyolysis. “With rhabdo, your muscles are eating themselves, and then they destroy your kidneys and you die,” Clark said. That's what happened to Gwinnett triathlete Chris Dannelly in 2013. The disease killed him in five days after he took three pills of ciprofloxacin's sister drug, levofloxacin. http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/local-woman-says-popular-antibiotic-killed-her-hus/54041156 Clark said Piedmont doctors have a working theory that the antibiotic combined with his cholesterol pill, was a bad mix. “The generic Lipitor acted as a catalyst. That caused the supposed problems with Cipro to magnify and give me the rhabdomyolysis,” Clark said. Ten months ago, doctors in Scotland published a similar case involving the two types of pills and a case of rhabdo. Their conclusion: the consequences of this interaction can have potentially serious outcomes. Clark said he plans to ask about a substitute pill. “Even not knowing for sure whether Cipro was a villain in this or not, why would I want to be dead?” Clark said. Clark's cancer doctor is also his cousin. Dr. Skip Holden said that Clark has had Cipro before with no issues and that he uses it because the risk of infection with that biopsy is so great. He presented Clark's case to 50 other doctors at UCLA Medical Center. See also: Fluoroquinolones and Statins: A Recipe for Rhabdomyolysis - WSB 03-02-2015 https://youtu.be/ZTWbhjQ-iEI
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February 13, 2015 10:51 PM CBS Miami http://miami.cbslocal.com/2015/02/13/powerful-antibiotic-could-be-a-prescription-for-danger/ Andrea Siani doesn’t get around her home like she used to, not since she was treated for pneumonia last winter. She was prescribed the generic version of Levaquin, a powerful antibiotic. “It was a prescription for 10 days. On the ninth day both my arms went numb. That night I woke up around midnight, and it felt like flames were coming out of my elbows,” said Siani. Thousands of patients have reported similar reactions to Levaquin, one of a powerful family of antibiotics known as Flouroquinlones. So just how powerful is this class of drug? Two of the prescribed uses are for anthrax and the plague. Levaquin has a black box warning from the Food and Drug Administrtation for increased risk of tendon ruptures, muscle weakness and impacts on the central nervous system. Dr. Marylee Worley is a professor at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Pharmacy. “A black box warning is the most serious warning that a medication can get before really being pulled from the market,” explained Worley. “It is powerful,” said Dr. Charles Bennett. He is one of the nation’s leading watchdogs for prescription drugs. He said the big problem with flouroquinolones is inappropriate use. “We are talking about going into the physicians office, having a little sniffle, walking out with an antibiotic and shortly after having these kinds of problems,” Bennett said. He has filed two citizen’s petition with the FDA seeking to expand the black box warning to include mitochondrial toxicity, meaning damage can occur within a patient’s cells. The second petition wants to highlight the potential for serious psychiatric events. Caroline Eagan was given Levaquin to treat a sinus infection. Eight years have passed and the former daycare provider has never been the same. “One day I can be okay, on focus. And another day I can’t even talk to anybody because they are not making sense. It sounds like they are not speaking English,” said Eagan. Levaquin is made by a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson. In a statement, they said the antibiotic, “Has been used for more than 20-years to treat infections, including those that might be serious or life threatening. When used according to the product labeling, Levaquin has been proven to be a safe and effective medication.” Dr. Worley has a word of caution for people considering taking it. “We know this class of anitibiotics is being overly prescribed. If you start experiencing pain, especially around your ankle, call your doctor immediately,” advised Worley. Eagan regrets her doctor didn’t give her any warning. “You don’t be normal and then three days after taking a medication, and it was the only medication I was on, you can’t walk,” said Eagan. In a statement, an FDA spokesperson said the agency is reviewing the citizen’s petitions, adding they consider drug labels living documents so they can be updated, as new safety information becomes available.
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http://www.drjenniferwalden.com Austin plastic surgeon, Dr. Jennifer Walden, discusses the FDA's recent warning regarding popular antibiotics such as Cipro, Floxin, and Levaquin. These antibiotics may have caused tendonitis in elderly people by breaking down the collagen which connects tendons to the bone.
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National news coverage: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/health/jan-june11/antibiotics_06-16.html
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The FDA released a statement recommending that sterilization devices, such as Essure, include a Black Box warning label, a label required for devices that potentially cause death or serious injury, explaining the possible side effects. Unfortunately, this is too little, too late for the countless women harmed by Essure. This device needs to be recalled and immediately removed from the market. If you, or a loved one, had an Essure System and experienced severe injuries, you are potentially eligible to file an Essure lawsuit. Contact us for a free case evaluation at 877-925-5011, or fill out our confidential online form.
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CBS Chicago March 11, 2015 10:11 PM http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/03/11/safety-advocate-powerful-antibiotics-being-overprescribed/ Millions of people are being given powerful antibiotics to treat common infections. Now, as Erin Kennedy reports, one safety advocate is warning that this may be overkill and wants the FDA to do something about it. “I was a very healthy person at the time. I bicycled about seven to ten miles a day, I could bench-press 300 pounds,” said 54-year-old David Melvin from downstate Chatsworth, Illinois Now, just helping his wife prepare a meal can be almost unbearable. “I have days I can’t lift a half a gallon of milk, and if I do, I have to go lay down and rest for a while,” he said. Melvin suffers from chronic fatigue, neuropathy and digestion problems – all due, he believes, to the antibiotic Levaquin, given to him for a common infection eight years ago. “I don’t know what the future holds, whether I’ve got five years or I’ve got 15 years,” said Melvin. Levaquin is in a class of drugs called fluoroquinolones. These drugs already carry a black box warning for tendon ruptures, muscle weakness and central nervous system damage. “It is powerful,” said Dr. Charles Bennett of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. He is one of the nation’s leading watchdogs for prescription drugs. He says the big problem with flouroquinolones is inappropriate use. “We are talking about going into the physician’s office, having a little sniffle, walking out with an antibiotic and shortly after having these kinds of problems,” said Dr. Bennett. He has filed two citizen’s petitions with the FDA. One seeks to expand the black box warning to include mitochondrial toxicity, meaning damage can occur within a patient’s cells and possibly show up years later as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s or ALS in patients who may be more at risk. “Potentially, a genetic predisposition to be a poor metabolizer of the drug, so it’s not what you take it for, it’s who you are,” explained Dr. Bennett. The second petition wants to highlight the potential for serious psychiatric events. “This is another one, if I am depressed,” said Caroline Eagan. She took Levaquin eight years ago for a sinus infection and hasn’t been the same since. “One day, I can be okay and focus and another day I can’t even talk to anybody because they are not making sense,” she said. Melvin had to retire early from the Illinois State Police and now focuses on his blog dedicated to the Levaquin safety issue. Through emails, people tell him: “the pain is almost unbearable,” and “I woke up one day in hell.” So, what does he want to see happen to these drugs? “I don’t think they need to be taken off the market but I think doctors and patients should be informed,” said Melvin. For more information on fluoroquinolones, click here. To see Dr. Charles Bennett’s citizen petition, visit www.saferpills.org/citizen-petition/. David Melvin’s blog is at www.myquinstory.info/. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. released a statement saying: “At Janssen, our first priority is the well-being of the people who use our medicines. We are aware of the Citizen Petitions and we are evaluating them. LEVAQUIN® (levofloxacin) is part of the important fluoroquinolone class of anti-infective prescription medications that have been used for more than 20 years to treat infections, including those that may be serious or life threatening. All medicines, including LEVAQUIN®, have both benefits and risks. We continually collect and monitor information on the safety and effectiveness of all our medicines, and, in cooperation with the US FDA and other health authorities, we incorporate new data into our product labels so doctors and patients can make informed decisions. Ever since it was first approved by the FDA in 1996, the LEVAQUIN® label has provided information to physicians on the risks and benefits associated with the medication, including warnings and precautions. Since 2004, the LEVAQUIN® label has informed physicians and patients about possible side effects related to peripheral neuropathy.”
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The FDA says certain antibiotics it approved have potentially permanent serious side effects. A lawsuit alleges that a former FDA commissioner suppressed this information. by Michael Tennant - http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/health-care/item/23202-fda-popular-antibiotics-have-serious-side-effects
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Commonly prescribed antibiotics receive strict FDA warning… next Limit Fluoroquinolone Use in Light of Risks, FDA Says Robert Lowes writing in Medscape reported the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that unless they lack other treatment options, patients with uncomplicated infections should not receive fluoroquinolones, given the risk for disabling and potentially permanent adverse events. Labels for these antibiotics already warn about the risks for tendonitis, tendon rupture, central nervous system effects, peripheral neuropathy, myasthenia gravis exacerbation, QT prolongation and torsades de pointes- these are severe heart rhythm abnormalities, phototoxicity, and hypersensitivity. These adverse events can occur together. Comment: This is not new news. I personally have seen several patients who suffered from tendon problems related to this set of antibiotics. tion
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PLEASE EXPAND FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION- This is a documentary about my health, coming out of remission, and living life. There is no cure for my condition, but there is hope. Please read my bio on my YouTube Page-http://www.youtube.com/user/Bonnie90505 Watch-Back On Enbrel-Oct 3, 2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byrmA9Sih5g Watch-Certain Antibiotics Spur Widening Reports of Severe Side Effects http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/health/jan-june11/antibiotics_06-16.html I had a "possible" reaction to antibiotic-Leviquin and Avelox From http://www.antibiotics.org The Food and Drug Administration imposed the government's most urgent safety warning on Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox and many other flouroquinolone antibiotics. The FDA orders a prominent "black box" warning and the development of new literature for patients emphasizing the risks. The most prominent risk is tendon rupture causing long term disability, possibly permanent. This is an important first step to ensuring these antibiotics are only used when the patient faces a potential fatal outcome, and only after the use of all other antibiotics have been ruled out. This is not due to the probability of risk, but rather severity. To those who have been affected, prognosis is normally not good. There is no cure. Often repeat exposure through food and water cause a continual never ending cycle of symptoms. Many victims face the fact that their lives have been completely destroyed. Many face loss of job and income, some face breakup of the family. Some have even committed suicide because of the pain inflicted by these drugs. Unfortunately, physicians currently give these prescriptions out like candy. To emphasize the ignorance of physicians, Cipro is often prescribed post-op for tendon repair surgery. The physician will often prescribe a drug known to cause tendon rupture as a preventive to infection after tendon repair surgery. There is an obvious neglect on the part of the physicians who simply do not known the potential dangers of the drugs they prescribe. So where is the breakdown of information? Unfortunately many physicians mistakenly rely on pharmaceutical drug reps to point out any potential side effects rather than investigating it themselves. Further implicating the physicians, they accept gifts from drug companies and in return will prescribe unnecessary and dangerous substances. Drug Reps, paid on commission, find themselves making more sales by not disclosing the dangers, or make light of potential side effects. Making the problem worse, the drug manufactures trivialize and distort the potential risks. A pending U.S. Senate bill would require drug companies to report gifts to doctors of more than $25. New York State's legislature plans to hold hearings this year on the relationship between doctors and drug companies. One congressional critic has even compared the drug industry with the tobacco industry, and Senator John McCain has called drugmakers the "bad guys." Antibiotics known as flouroquinolones have been associated with some or all of the following adverse drug reactions: Tendonitis, Tendon Rupture, Tendon, Ligament, Joint and Muscle Damage Vision Damage, Hearing Loss, Taste Perversion Peripheral Neuropathy (Tingling, burning sensation) Insomnia, Nightmares, Anxiety Attacks, Depersonalization, Cognitive Disorders Brain, Heart, Liver, Kidney, Pancreas, Blood and Endocrine Disorders Severe Psychotic Reactions, Suicidal Thoughts or Actions Gastrointestinal Damage The drug called Enbrel, -My last hope for a decent life, but now, I have to live the best I can, the healthiest I can, and I won't let it beat me!! from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0000193/ Etanercept Injection(et a ner' set) [Posted 04/14/2011] ISSUE: FDA continues to receive reports of a rare cancer of white blood cells (known as Hepatosplenic T-Cell Lymphoma or HSTCL, primarily in adolescents and young adults being treated for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis with medicines known as tumor necrosis factors (TNF) blockers, as well as with azathioprine, and/or mercaptopurine. TNF blockers include infliximab (Remicade), etancercept (Enbrel), adalimumab (Humira), certolizumab pegol (Cimzia) and golimumab (Simponi). Etanercept injection may decrease your ability to fight infection from bacteria, viruses, and fungi and increase the risk that you will get a serious or life-threatening infection including sepsis (infection that affects the entire body) Talk to your doctor about the risks of using etanercept injection. --------------------------------------------------------------- music by Kevin MacLeod http://incompetech.com/ http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/
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Website link: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2015/04/07/local-doctors-explain-risks-of-taking-levaquin/ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CBSPittsburgh April 7, 2015 5:45 PM on CBS Pittsburgh PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Some swear by them, others say they’re dangerous – if not deadly. KDKA-TV health editor Dr. Maria Simbra explains why some are calling for a closer look at a certain group of antibiotics. From time-to-time, Janice Olszewski’s mother, Mary, needs to take antibiotics for urinary tract infections. “She gets very weak, she gets sick. Sometimes, she’ll get disoriented,” Olszewski said. Her doctor prescribed a medicine called Levaquin. “He said it would help clear the infection, and we should get fairly quick results with it. It’s been a Godsend for us,” Olszewski said. “If it wouldn’t be for Levaquin, we’d have a hard time managing her health care. “I’d say 20-30 times a year, we give a prescription for levofloxacin,” Dr. Marc Itskowitz of Allegheny General Hospital’s Internal Medicine said. “We try to reserve it for patients who need a broader spectrum antibiotic, may have been exposed to other antibiotics and are still sick. It’s very effective in those patients.” Taking it by mouth works the same as taking it by IV. It also comes in an easy-to-swallow liquid. While it kept Janice’s mother out of the hospital, not everyone has had a good experience. Karen Paddock was taking out the garbage when she cut her leg on a broken dish in the trash bag. She got stitches, followed by infection of the skin – cellulitis. “At that point, they gave her the Levaquin antibiotics for the cellulitis,” Bob Paddock said. Six months later, she developed tendon troubles and couldn’t walk. “It was in 2003, and at that point, I’m not sure all the risks that are known today were known then,” Paddock said. After ten years of using a scooter around the house in chronic pain, at age 43, she committed suicide – four days shy of her 20th wedding anniversary. Her husband has strong hopes for all similar antibiotics. “That they either get taken off the market, or they get a whole lot harder for anybody to prescribe,” he said. Levaquin, generically known as levofloxacin, is in a class of drugs called fluoroquinolones. They work by attacking bacterial DNA, making the bacteria unable to multiply. Known risks include nerve problems and tendon rupture. Fluoroquinolones are not recommended for people taking steroids, people with a history of seizures, and people with certain heart rhythm abnormalities. Pharmaceutical watchdog Dr. Charles Bennett is trying to expand the warnings by bringing a citizen’s petition to the FDA. “I’ve been doing this work so long, that I think patients find me,” Dr. Bennett said. His focus is the rare complication of mitochondrial toxicity. You can think of mitochondria as your cells’ battery packs. Without them, your cells have no energy. He said if an event happens right after the medicine is given, that would be a reaction. He also has lab researchers who have been able to recreate symptoms in mice. “There’s a little bit of an art, rather than a science. There’s not a specific diagnostic test,” he said. He would like to expand the black box warning on Levaquin, or establish a process so that patients must sign that they understand the risks of the drug. “This would make Levaquin a little bit less attractive to use if it goes through as a black box warning,” Dr. Amesh Adalja, of the UPMC Center for Health Securit, said. This infectious disease specialist said the class of antibiotics does have a role to play, but shouldn’t be prescribed automatically. “Even if you’re prescribing penicillin, it’s something you have to do with each infection that you treat. You have to make sure is this the right bug that you’re treating, and is this the right drug that you’re using,” Dr. Adalja said. “For every patient that has been harmed by a medication, there are thousands that have been helped by it. And we don’t often hear from them,” Dr. Itskowitz said. “She’s had adverse reactions in the past to numerous drugs, so we’re always very alert to those types of reactions. And we felt the risks were minimal,” Olszewski said. Hearing from Olszewski, she’s thankful her mother had the option of Levaquin. “Within a couple of days, she starts to feel better,” she said.
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February 24, 2015 11:35 PM CBS Miami http://miami.cbslocal.com/2015/02/24/powerful-antibiotic-could-be-a-prescription-for-danger-pt-ii/ Sixty year old Joseph King of North Miami said his life changed and he believes could end prematurely because of what he considers to be a toxic poisoning by the antibiotic Levaquin. Levaquin is one of a class of antibiotics called Flouroquinolones coming under heightened scrutiny by some medical researchers and the public. CBS4 Chief Investigative Reporter Michele Gillen asked King about the impact he believes the drug has had on his life. “It has destroyed it, completely destroyed it. As you can see it has killed my teeth. It has destroyed my jaw. So I cannot have any oral surgery to repair it. It has dissolved my tendons and connective tissue. And my muscles have actually decayed and my prognosis is very dim,” shared King. Click here to watch Michele Gillen’s report Four years ago, King said he was prescribed Levaquin in an emergency room, when he was suffering from salmonella poisoning, or food poisoning. “I was put on it intravenously then put on a dose of it orally for the next 30 days,” said King. As CBS4 News recently reported, this class of antibiotics carries a black box warning for possible tendon injuries. Since that first report, the Investigative team has reviewed an internal FDA safety report on the potential negative impact this class of drugs has on nerve endings. On page 12, CBS4 found the FDA’s own revelation of how these drugs can essentially impact a user in ways similar to neuro-degenerative diseases such as “Parkinson’s , Alzheimer’s, and ALS.” If the drugs can affect the function of our cells, the mitochondria and ultimately the brain, Alan Redd, a biological anthropologist, who is writing about this class of drugs, told Gillen it is chilling. “They state explicitly in there that mitochondrial dysfunction can be associated with neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s, ALS and Parkinson’s,” insisted Redd. He continued in a Skype interview with Gillen from his home in Kansas where he teaches at the University of Kansas. He believes even a recently revised warning is not strong enough. “There is a big disconnect between the safety report and that warning. There is no warning in the new package about brain damage, about Alzheimer’s about Parkinson’s or ALS. So there is a disconnect about the internal document and what was released to the public. And I find that disturbing. I find that outrageous actually,” Redd reflected. Redd said he was damaged by taking this class of antibiotics five years ago. He said he, “suffered a number of side effects. They have not resolved completely. ” Meanwhile, Redd is pushing for more transparency from the FDA regarding its own findings and joining supporters of a citizens petition filed with the FDA last June. His message to the FDA is, “come clean and tell the public and physicians that this is a class of drugs as you noted in your document that has the potential to damage mitochondria, cause dysfunction and potentially increase your probability for neurological diseases.” King agreed, saying “not only is the public not aware of this, the doctors are not aware of it either.” King said these drugs can be life saving for many, especially in the cases of life-threatening illnesses but he fears that without change, more patients could find themselves walking the road he is. What is his goal now? “To make it each day,” said King.
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National News Coverage: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/health/jan-june11/antibiotics_06-16.html
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Beware of Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox & all other fluoroquinolone antibiotics! The cure is often much, much worse than the disease when it comes to this class of poisonous drugs. Meanwhile, the FDA continues to look the other way as more and more unsuspecting patients fall victim.
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Fluoroquinolone antibiotics (Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox and a few others) are a horrifically destructive class of poisons marketed to the public as antibiotics by Bayer and Johnson & Johnson. They are capable of massive harm, disabling unsuspecting patients for life with as little as a few pills. Previously healthy and active individuals become bedridden, wheelchair-bound or requiring crutches or walkers--sometimes for life. Doctors will not tell you this, nor will pharmacists! DO YOUR RESEARCH! The FDA is not protecting us! Already harmed by Cipro or Avelox? Please email Bayer's CEO Phil Blake directly: philip.blake at bayer dot com or call him at his NJ office: 1-862-404-5018. This man needs to hear from his victims!
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CBS Los Angeles March 4, 2015 11:16 PM losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/03/04/southland-firefighter-says-popular-antibiotic-stripped-him-of-his-career/ A Southland firefighter wants to warn others about a prescription drug that he says poisoned him and stripped him of the ability to do what he loves. Chino resident Chris Jones was taking a powerful antibiotic called ciproflaxacin, more commonly known by the brand name “Cipro.” It’s taken by millions of Americans every year. Cipro belongs to a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones, which are so strong they can kill anthrax. They’re used to kill a wide variety of bacteria responsible for many common infections. Jones’ ordeal started in October with a bout of groin pain, which he thought was a hernia. His doctor suspected it was an infection and prescribed him Cipro, but Jones took the generic. Two days after starting the medication, Jones called his doctor about soreness he was feeling in his legs. The doctor said to keep taking the medication. Jones went to a specialist and told him about disturbing side effects patients were reporting online. He said the new doctor didn’t believe ciproflaxacin caused those problems: “He told me to stay off the Internet, and he wrote me another prescription.” A day after starting his third bottle, Jones starting feeling excruciating pain from his hips down: “I went on a walk with my dog and it felt like an explosion went off in my body.” Jones says he hasn’t been the same ever since. And no one missed the “old Chris” more than his twin brother, Jeremy: “We used to go to the gym together, hiking together.” They used to work at the same fire station, but Chris hasn’t worn his uniform for five months. That’s because he says he can’t climb ladders, can’t lift gurneys, and he can’t even lift his own children. “I was poisoned,” Chris Jones said. Some experts say fluoroquinolones are prescribed too freely for illnesses that could be treated with less powerful medications. “Doctors are not aware of the full range of toxicities that are associated with the quinolones,” said Charles Bennett, a professor of pharmacy at the University of South Carolina. Bennett has filed a citizen’s petition asking the federal Drug and Administration for broader warning for fluoroquinolones. He says Chris Jones is far from alone: “His story is typical of many of the stories I’ve read about and looked through the FDA files on.” The FDA has logged more than 4,500 reports of debilitating side effects linked to fluoroquinolones. Drug makers and the FDA are open about many of these drugs’ dangers, including damage to the tendons and nerves, which are listed on the label. But with up to 23 million prescriptions of fluoroquinolones being filled in a year, Jones believes they haven’t done a sufficient job of warning the public of the medications’ dangers. Jones says the FDA acknowledges that some side effects could be permanent: “I just don’t know if I’m going to get better or not. And no one can tell me.” The FDA told CBS2 it is continuing to monitor complaints and that petitions to update warning labels remain under consideration.
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