Health Ortho-McNeil was formed from the merge of Ortho Pharmaceutical and McNeil Pharmaceutical. Levofloxacin is a brain and body toxic drug which is sold under a brand name of Levaquin. Johnson and Johnson also known as JNJ has a subsidiary called Ortho-Mcnei which is marketing this deadly drug. Our website has many facts which people have shared about the bad experience they had with levaquin. If your planning to use Levaquin you could be the next victim. It has been over five years since my adverse reaction to Levaquin. I have to take multiple daily prescription pain medications for my nerve and tendon injuries. Prior to Levaquin toxicity, I was a healthy and athletic pharmaceutical sales representative. Many other Levaquin injured patients have suffered worse outcomes than me. After the shareholder meeting was over, you came over at sat down next to me. That was a nice gesture on your part. You said that you were sorry about what happened to me from Ortho-Mcneil and that you would make an effort to help. You mentioned that the sales force tries to inform doctors about these potential severe adverse reactions. I gave you some medical literature on Levaquin toxicity along with a Levaquin film documentary and some personal information. I am still waiting to hear back from you Mr. Weldon. The phrase Caring for the World, One Patient at a Time was mentioned numerous times by Johnson & Johnson Directors at the annual shareholder meeting. You have an opportunity to show leadership by incorporating these values, along with your corporate Credo, into a commitment to help those that have suffered immensely from Ortho-Mcneil . Thank you for your time and consideration Mr. Weldon. In July of 2008, the FDA mandated that all Quinolone antibiotics carry a Black Box warning for tendon rupture and tendonitis. A Black Box warning is the strongest warning label a drug can have before it is removed from the market. Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, sued the FDA demanding Quinolones carry a Black Box warning. On behalf of Quinolone victims in the state of Illinois, the Illinois Attorney Generals Office also petitioned the FDA on this matter. Most people do not realize that the FDA gets over 50 percent of their funding for the review of drugs directly from the pharmaceutical companies in what is called prescription drug user fees. This is a conflict of interest that has made the FDA very slow and often reluctant to react to certain drug toxicities. The FDA does not do their own rigorous studies on the safety of prescription drugs. Instead, they rely on studies submitted to them from the drug companies. Even the FDA admits that 90 percent of all adverse drug reactions go unreported to their agency through the FDA Medwatch program. Sadly, the FDA has turned a blind eye to the Quinolone tragedy. Dr. Jay Cohen, a medical researcher and associate professor at the University of California, San Diego published a paper on severe peripheral neuropathy caused by Quinolones. Dr. Cohen mentions that these debilitating reactions are not rare. He mentions that most doctors have dismissed patient complaints or outright deny that Quinolones can cause this type of long term damage even though it is mentioned in the package insert. Even if one person in 100 suffers a grave side effect, that can still mean tens of thousands of people are affected. Some people have immediate reactions to Quinolones, others have delayed reactions. The delayed toxicity in which symptoms manifest many weeks to months after taking the Quinolone antibiotic is what has helped conceal the high number of people affected. The true number of people adversely affected by this class of antibiotics each year is astounding. Unfortunately, many physicians are undereducated and misinformed about the dangers of Quinolone antibiotics. Pharmaceutical sales reps skillfully downplay and minimize these severe adverse reactions. Drug reps are paid a bonus on the volume of prescriptions written by doctors. Because of this, they often do not provide a balanced viewpoint on the risk/benefit ratio regarding these antibiotics. Most doctors are aware of the potential tendon damage with Quinolones, but not the severe and devastating neurological (central and peripheral) damage. It is important for doctors to try and take a more active role in educating themselves about the toxic nature of this class of antibiotics. Quinolones have harmed thousands of individuals physically, emotionally, and financially. It creates a terrible burden on family members who have to care for their loved one who has been injured by Levaquin or other Quinolones. It is also costing taxpayers in the form of social security disability, increased medical care costs, and lost productivity. There are many safer classes of antibiotics available that should be used before a Quinolone is prescribed. This class of antibiotics is being prescribed indiscriminately and without proper warning to patients. People deserve the right to informed consent and better disclosure of the potential irreversible damage. In addition, the overuse of Quinolone antibiotics leads to increased bacterial resistance. Johnson & Johnson has marketed Levaquin in a reckless manner in order to maximize profits. According to the FDA Freedom of Information Report for Levaquin, the drug has been associated with the following adverse events: Death, Renal Failure, Encephalopathy, Liver Disorder, Multi-Organ Failure, Blindness, Tendon Rupture, Fibromyalgia, Rhabdomyolysis, Nervous System Disorder, Polyneuropathy, and Deafness to name a few. Johnson & Johnson has long been aware of the devastating and crippling injuries from Levaquin. Unfortunately, the current leadership at Johnson & Johnson is morally bankrupt. The appalling level of greed by the Johnson & Johnson Board of Directors has resulted in long term suffering that could have been prevented or greatly reduced. If I can save one person from having their life ruined as a result of Levaquin then this blog will have served its purpose. I cant change what happened to me but I can try to help change what happens to other people in the future. About the Author: 相关的主题文章:

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