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Attorney Says Johnson & Johnson Hid Levaquin Side Effects

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Minneapolis, MNJohnson & Johnson allegedly knew of Levaquin side effects, including the increased risk of tendon damage, and did not properly warn doctors or patients, a lawyer said at the start of a recent trial in Minnesota.

According to Bloomberg, 82-year-old John Schedin sued the company and its Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceutical unit in 2008, claiming he ruptured his Achilles tendon in both feet after he took the drug.

The companies reportedly downplayed the risks of the drug even after they received some worrisome reports from Europe in 2001, according to Schedin's lawyer.

"The decision they made was to add a single line to the 14-page package insert somewhere on page four or five," the attorney told the Minneapolis jury recently. "They did not tell the doctors that the use of Levaquin concomitant with corticosteroids will cause an Achilles tendon to rupture."

Schedin's case is the first trial to take place out of more than 2,600 claims made in US courts against Johnson & Johnson regarding the tendon damage side effect of Levaquin. In 2008, the FDA required an upgraded warning on the risk caused by Levaquin and other similar drugs, according to the news source.

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Meanwhile dr's are still handing this poison out like candy disabling 1000s of people....

this will effect you at any age....don;t trust the fda!!!!

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That is an amazing and courageous proposal by Mr. Paul Cahan regarding filing a Shareholders Proxy for April's annual meeting of Johnson & Johnson shareholders to vote to put a warning on the label of Levaquin packaging.

I am a victim of Levaquin damage myself.

Thank you Mr. Cahan for the moral integrity to propose this action to your fellow shareholders.

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I have filed a Shareholder Proxy for Johnson & Johnson's APril 2011 Annual Meeting for shareholders to vote on forcing the company to put a warning on the label itself that Levaquin can cause Permanent tendon and nerve damage, with permanent pain, differentiating it from the type of tendon injury that can heal when brought about externally by way of a sports type injury. Internal damage that causes thismuch cellular destruction is permanent, and shareholders will hopefully have a chance to force the company to be honest and upfront about this information right on the bottle's label and on the first
prescribing information patients see.

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