FDA ISSUES BLACK BOX WARNING ON ALL FLUOROQUINOLONE ANTIBIOTICS
Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics that are commonly used to treat a variety of illnesses such as respiratory and urinary tract infections. These medicines include ciprofloxacin (Cipro), gemifloxacin (Factive), levofloxacin (Levaquin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), norfloxacin (Noroxin), and ofloxacin (Floxin). More than 23 million patients received a prescription for one of these drugs in 2011.
The FDA initially issued a warning in 2008 about the dangers associated with taking the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics. A black box warning was placed on these antibiotics warning against severe tendon damage and rupture. In 2013, the FDA strengthened its warning- stating that fluoroquinolones, taken by mouth or injection carry a risk for permanent peripheral neuropathy. The safety announcement states: