Cipro (ciprofloxacin), an antibiotic that has recently been linked to retinal detachment and other nerve disorders, came under fire last week as the US Food and Drug Administration rules that new warnings and usage guidelines be included on its packaging “to better describe the serious side effect of peripheral neuropathy” or, nerve damage.
MedlinePlus, an online medical encyclopedia curated by the National Institutes of Health and the US National Library of Medicine explains peripheral neuropathy in this way:
“Peripheral nerves carry information to and from the brain. They also carry signals to and from the spinal cord to the rest of the body.
Peripheral neuropathy means these nerves don’t work properly. Peripheral neuropathy may be damage to a single nerve. It may be damage to a nerve group. It may also affect nerves in the whole body.”
This warning label update applies to all oral fluoroquinolones, including “levofloxacin (Levaquin), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), moxifloxacin (Avelox), norfloxacin (Noroxin), ofloxacin (Floxin), and gemifloxacin (Factive),” and the FDA warns that “This serious nerve damage potentially caused by fluoroquinolones may occur soon after these drugs are taken and may be permanent.” (emphasis added)
Many peer reviewed studies have previously shown associations between Cipro and rare, but serious side-effects affecting the central nervous system; it is about time that the labels were properly updated.
However, due to allegations that the manufacturer of Cipro (Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) knew the risks associated with its product but failed to act, a number of Cipro retinal detachment lawsuits and Cipro nerve damage lawsuits are currently being filed.
If you or a loved one used Cipro and experienced retinal detachment or another Cipro side-effect, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. For more information, or for a free, no-obligation Cipro lawsuit consultation, please do not hesitate to contact our team of Cipro lawyers at the information provided below.
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