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$1.7 Million Judgment Against Johnson & Johnson Following Injury Due To Drug

Failure to warn patients about potential tendon damage due to drug use leads to lawsuit

A Minneapolis jury has awarded an 82-year-old man $1.1 million in punitive damages and $630,000 in compensatory damages against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn patients its antibiotic, Levaquin, may cause tendon damage, reports the Star Tribune.

The case in U.S. District Court is the first of thousands of lawsuits filed nationwide by patients who claim tendon injuries after taking Levaquin.  This man was an active golfer and a mall-walker before rupturing or partially rupturing both Achilles tendons after taking Levaquin and a steroid for bronchitis five years ago – unaware of the risks with the drug combination.

The lawsuit was filed in 2008 against Johnson & Johnson and its Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit for failing to warn doctors and patients of Levaquin’s potential for tendon damage.

Johnson & Johnson claims the warning has been on the drug’s label since it became available in the U.S. in 1997.

Finding the right personal injury or product liability lawyer can be difficult.  If you or a loved one has been injured by a harmful prescription drug, the experienced attorneys at Munley, Munley & Cartwright can help.  For a free consultation regarding your legal concerns, contact us today for a free consultation or call us toll free at 1-800-318-LAW1 or online.

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