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Ever since we sued the FDA for failing to respond to our August 2006 petition to increase warnings about the risk of tendon rupture with fluoroquinolone antibiotics, we’ve received a lot of valuable feedback from people who’ve had problems with these drugs, which include Cipro and Levaquin. Actually, “a lot” is a pretty big understatement: we’ve been downright flooded with the tales of drug-induced misfortune that have poured in through email, over the phone and by regular old snail-mail.

The good news? The FDA responded to our lawsuit by slapping fluoroquinolones with a black box warning – the strongest warning the FDA can request. The agency also required manufacturers to produce special Medication Guides that explain the risks and benefits of the drugs in language intended for patients.

The news we aren’t so happy about? The federal agency disagreed with the other essential part of our petition: that drugmakers should send physicians a Dear Doctor letter informing them of the side effects their patients might encounter with these drugs. But we are in it to win it, so we are now considering another lawsuit to force the FDA to require companies to send warning letters to doctors, since the agency has admitted that doctors are not adequately warned about these largely preventable tendon ruptures.

While we wait for the agency to see the light, I thought I’d try to answer one question that I’m sure is on the mind of everyone who has suffered tendinitis as a result of these drugs: When will I get better?

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Almost two years after Public Citizen first asked the Food and Drug Administration to increase its warnings about the risks associated with Cipro and other fluorquinolone antibiotics, the FDA has finally gotten around to doing something. While these antibiotics are very popular, an alarming number of people who have taken them have suffered tendon ruptures. I talked to a South Florida man on the phone the other day who had three tendon ruptures before he came across information on the internet that linked fluorquinolone antibiotics to his injuries. You have wonder if the FDA could have spared him some grief if it hadn’t taken so long to act.

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