The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently confirmed serious concerns about a family of medications, fluoroquinolone antibiotics, and their link to an increased risk of aortic dissection or aortic aneurysm. Factive is just one brand name drug that is a part of this antibiotic family.
If you or a loved one suffered an aortic aneurysm while taking Factive or after completing the round of antibiotics, you may be eligible to take legal action against the drug’s manufacturer. A Factive antibiotics lawsuit lawyer can help. Berger and Green offers free case reviews and can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Call or text us at 412-661-1400 today.
The FDA Has Raised Concerns About Factive and Other Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics
In December of 2018, the FDA raised concerns that fluoroquinolone antibiotics increase the risk of aortic aneurysm and dissection, causing these serious medical emergencies in some people. These concerns have the support of at least one peer-reviewed study published in the BMJ.
The FDA warns doctors not to prescribe fluoroquinolone antibiotics, and patients not to take them, if they are already at an increased risk of aortic aneurysm. The agency approves use in these patients only when the doctor has already exhausted all alternative treatment options.
What You Need to Know About Factive
Fluoroquinolones are a family of broad-spectrum antibiotics that have been around for decades. Doctors have prescribed Factive to more than five million patients worldwide, recommending the once-daily treatment primarily for bacterial bronchitis and pneumonia.
LG Life Sciences developed the active ingredient in Factive and offered a leasing agreement to sell and market the drug. This agreement initially went to Oscient Pharmaceuticals who later sold it to Cornerstone Therapeutics. Today, Vansen Pharma holds the licensing rights to sell and market Factive.
Berger and Green Can Help You Take Legal Action if You Suffered Adverse Effects
Pharmaceutical companies must keep patients safe and warn them of any potential hazards related to the drugs they sell. They have an obligation to design, manufacture, and sell safe antibiotics and other medications. When they fail to uphold this obligation, including when they fail to warn patients about a potentially deadly side effect, those who used the drug may be able to hold them responsible.
If you or a member of your family took Factive and suffered an aortic dissection or aortic aneurysm, call 412-661-1400 today for a no-cost case review with a member of our team. When you work with us to pursue compensation, you can expect our team to:
- Explain your right to take action against the drug company
- Help you understand your legal options for pursuing a payout
- Explain what you can expect every step of the way
- Investigate your case by requesting medical records and collecting other evidence
- Work closely with medical expert witnesses when appropriate
- Collect documentation of your damages
This type of case often ends up as multidistrict litigation or another type of mass tort, allowing you to join with dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of others who suffered similar issues. You can take on the pharmaceutical company together. This does not always happen, however, and we can pursue a payout or file a lawsuit against the manufacturer in your case individually if necessary.
Recoverable Damages in a Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Lawsuit
When someone suffers an aortic dissection or aortic aneurysm, it is a medical emergency. They often require ambulance transportation to the hospital and emergency surgery to stop the bleeding. Without quick treatment and surgery, they may pass away because of their injuries. Of course, all this care comes at a premium price.
The cost of medical care and related expenses is just one part of the damages you may be able to recover in a Factive lawsuit. Other recoverable damages may include:
- Lost wages and benefits
- Diminished earning capacity
- Prescription medications
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Other losses related to your complications
- Pain and suffering damages
If a member of your immediate family passed away because they suffered an aortic dissection or aneurysm after taking Factive or another fluoroquinolone antibiotic, you may be eligible to pursue wrongful death damages. A fluoroquinolone antibiotics lawsuit lawyer at Berger and Green will review your case and take legal action on your family’s behalf.
You Need to Act Quickly Before Time Runs Out
It is important you call us as soon as possible if you believe your aortic aneurysm or dissection occurred because of Factive. A factive antibiotics lawsuit lawyer will review your medical records and help you understand the strength of your case. However, there are deadlines on how long you have to take legal action. Each state has a statute of limitations that limits how long we have to pursue this type of claim.
As of March 2019, there is no pending multidistrict litigation (MDL) or other mass torts against the manufacturers of fluoroquinolone antibiotics related to aortic aneurysms. However, this does not mean there will not be in the future. A factive antibiotics lawsuit lawyer may be able to help you join a pending MDL if this occurs before your case goes to trial.
Talk to a Factive Antibiotics Lawsuit Lawyer Today
Like other fluoroquinolones, researchers have linked popular antibiotic Factive to an increased risk of aortic dissection or aortic aneurysm. If you suffered these complications while taking this antibiotic or after completing a round of the medication, you may have a case against the drug’s designer and manufacturer.
Call or text Berger and Green today at 412-661-1400 to learn more about how a Factive antibiotics lawsuit lawyer can help you pursue compensation for the damages you endured.