Aortic Aneurysms With Fluoroquinolones
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned patients and doctors that a certain type of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones can cause serious and debilitating side effects in some patients. Thousands of patients each year take these antibiotics to get better, but the pharmaceutical manufacturer did not appropriately warn of the serious side effects from the drugs.
The FDA issued its warning after reviewing injury reports and four published observational studies “that showed an increased risk of aortic aneurysm or dissection associated with fluoroquinolone use.” According to the observational studies, patients that had taken fluoroquinolone antibiotics had twice the rate of aortic aneurysm or dissections than patients who hadn’t. This led the FDA to conclude, “the results of all four studies provide consistent evidence of an association between fluoroquinolone use and aortic aneurysm or dissection.”
Injuries From Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are causing a variety of life-threatening injuries. Patients have reported tears and/or ruptures in their aortas. The aorta is an integral component involved in supplying blood flow to the rest of the body, serving as the main artery emerging from the heart and pumping oxygenated blood throughout the body. A tear or rupture in any layer of the aorta can starve the rest of the body of oxygenated blood, causing an aneurysm.
An aortic aneurysm is a weakened or bulging area on the wall of the aorta that can cause permanent and debilitating injuries or even sudden death. An aortic aneurysm can occur in either the chest (called a thoracic aneurysm) or anywhere along the aorta, including in the lower abdomen (called an abdominal aortic aneurysm). The weakened or ballooned area may develop a hole, called a rupture that allows blood to leak or burst out into the body.
An aortic dissection is a split between the layers of the aorta that traps blood coming from the heart. The blood pumped forcefully through the aorta can split the layers of the artery wall, allowing a build-up of blood to continually leak into the space, which further splits the artery wall.
Types of Fluoroquinolones
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics can be taken orally in the form or a pill or via an injection. Fluoroquinolone antibiotics can most easily be identified by the suffix “-floxacin.” Some of the most common types of fluoroquinolones include:
Drug Manufacturers Failed To Warn
Every patient has the right to know all of the side effects associated with a medication so they can make informed decisions about their healthcare. In the case of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, patients had no idea the drugs could cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries. Manufacturers had a responsibility to make reasonably safe medications and clearly state all risks, but they failed to do so, and patients paid the price. If you or someone you love suffered an injury while taking fluoroquinolones or shortly thereafter, you may be able to hold the manufacturers legally responsible.
The experienced pharmaceutical lawyers at Dax F. Garza, P.C. can help explain your legal rights and pursue compensation on your behalf. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We only work on a contingency fee basis, meaning there is no upfront cost for working with us, and you won’t owe us anything unless we help you recover compensation.