Back in 2006, I worked at Public Citizen with Sidney Wolfe and the Attorney General of Illinois to petition the FDA to place a black box warning on all fluoroquinolone antibiotics warning of the dangers of tendon ruptures. A typical case would be an otherwise healthy person taking, say, Levaquin, for the past 24 hours doing something normal like sitting up from a chair and one of their achilles tendons would snap. It’s a very odd side effect of these drugs that include Levaquin and Cipro.
Our petition to the FDA was successful. Now there is a warning on all of these drugs. Of course, now that there is a warning, there are legal hawks advertising everywhere soliciting patient/customers to sue the drug makers.
It’s odd how you can make the world a safer place and, at the same time, create an entirely new industry to make the hawkish lawyers millions and actually cost the system more money.