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LegalView Reveals Details of the FDA Mandated Black Box Warning For Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Such as Cipro and Levaquin
Date:7/12/2008

LegalView reported of a recent FDA warning for antibiotics under the fluoroquinolones drug family that will now require a black box warning, the strongest warning issued by the FDA. The FDA instituted the mandate due to the greater risk of tendonitis and tendon rupture among patients prescribed these drugs.

Denver (PRWEB) July 12, 2008 -- LegalView, the number one resource for everything legal on the Internet, reported details of a recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandate regarding the fluoroquinolones antibiotics family of drugs. All of the fluoroquinolones will now carry black box warning labels to ensure physicians and patients understand that the drugs have been associated with an increased risk of tendonitis and tendon rupture.

Among the most common of the fluoroquinolone antibiotics are Levaquin, Cipro, Factive and Avelox - some of the most commonly prescribed anti-bacterial drugs. Levaquin, also known as levofloxacin, is an antibiotic that fights infections including bronchitis, pneumonia, Chlamydia, gonorrhea, skin infections, urinary tract infections, etc. It has been previously linked to Achilles tendonitis among patients who were prescribed the drug. A study released in The Journal of American Board of Family Medicine reported the Levaquin warning and associated risks with prescribing the drug, however, the drug was approved for the use of children as an antibiotic and potential treatment for airborne anthrax in 2008 only a few years after the report was published. According to the study, patients who had taken the drug at any time, even two years or prior, may be at an increased risk for tendonitis. And those who were elderly seemed to be at the highest risk. Individuals who have taken Levaquin are advised to contact an experienced pharmaceutic
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